Bill Clinton backs Baker for Georgia governor

Keith Loria Jul. 12, 2010, 2:59pm


ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Former president Bill Clinton is supporting Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker's quest to become the state's next governor.

The former president, in offering his support on Monday, called Baker "a man made for this moment" who has offered detailed plans to turn Georgia around.

Baker is battling former Gov. Roy Barnes in the coming Democratic race.

"To date, Thurbert has outlined more detailed plans for Georgia's future than all other candidates for Governor combined, in both parties," Clinton said.

"His economic initiatives would create 100,000 new Georgia jobs in advanced fields such as biotechnology and information services. Now he's proposed the BEST Initiative, which would fundamentally transform education in Georgia, bringing its school year to the average in the industrialized world and increasing teacher compensation to the very top in the nation.

"Best of all, he's told people how he'd pay for all of it, including by adding bingo to Georgia's landmark lottery."

Monday also saw another governor candidate, Republican Karen Handel, find her own important endorsement, when former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin came out in support of the only female in the race.

The former Alaska governor announced on her Twitter and Facebook pages that she is "proud to lend my support to a great commonsense conservative woman running for governor this year in the Peach State."

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