February 25th, 2014
10:18 AM ET

Is 2016 Hanging Over Bill Clinton's 2014 Campaign Efforts?

Bill Clinton's heading back to the trail.

As he's done the past couple of election cycles, the former President will be helping fellow Democrats. But this time around, his campaigning comes with the prospect of his wife making a second bid for the White House in 2016.

Clinton, who's arguably his party's biggest rock star on the campaign trail, will be in Louisville on Tuesday to help Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundregan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The top Senate Republican is running this year for a sixth term.

Clinton has been a tireless campaigner in recent years, and he was the highest of high-profile surrogates for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. He gave an impassioned nominating speech for the President at the party's national convention in Charlotte.

Clinton often stumps for fellow Democrats in red or purple states, such as Kentucky, where Obama is not very popular.

"President Clinton has the unique ability to travel to red states to reach Reagan Democrats that most Democratic surrogates do not," Democratic strategist Ben LaBolt told CNN.

"Kentucky has more registered Democrats than Republicans, but they often split their ticket between state and federal candidates. President Clinton could help tip the scales," added LaBolt, who worked for Obama from his Senate years through 2012 and served as national press secretary for his re-election campaign.

The Clintons have a strong track record in Kentucky. Bill Clinton carried the state in his 1992 presidential election and his 1996 re-election, and Hillary Clinton did extremely well there, winning the 2008 Kentucky Democratic primary in a landslide over Obama.

"Bill Clinton resonates here. He knows how to talk to people here, being from Arkansas, in a way that a lot of other national politicians do not," said a top Kentucky Democrat, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more openly. "I would imagine we'll see plenty of the former President here in Kentucky this year."

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