, NEW YORK, United States, Jan 3 – Bill Clinton will hit the campaign trail Monday for his wife Hillary – his first appearance on the stump for the former first lady’s 2016 White House bid.
The former president’s visit to New Hampshire in support of his wife, who leads polls for the Democratic nomination, comes with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump sharpening his attacks on both Clintons.
Bill Clinton will hold a rally at a community college in the city of Nashua and another event later Monday in Exeter.
Trump, who leads the Republican field by a large margin in nationwide polls, has turned recently from verbally attacking his fellow Republican candidates to stepping up his criticism of the Clintons.
Last month, he blasted Bill Clinton’s “terrible record” with women – an apparent allusion to rumoured past marital infidelities, including while in the White House.
“If Hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women’s card on me, she’s wrong!” Trump recently tweeted.
Warming to the theme, Trump tweeted on Saturday: “I hope Bill Clinton starts talking about women’s issues so that voters can see what a hypocrite he is and how Hillary abused those women!”
The billionaire businessman has called Bill Clinton’s past reported affairs “fair game” in the 2016 campaign.
Accusations of sexual impropriety dating back to his time as governor of Arkansas have dogged Clinton for years.
Republicans in Congress tried but failed in 1998 to remove him from office for alleged perjury and obstruction during an investigation into an alleged White House affair.
New Hampshire is host to the nation’s first presidential primary on February 9.
Voters in the heartland state of Iowa, using the caucus method, will register their presidential preference on February 1.