Updated 10/29/2012 06:02 AM
Bill Clinton campaigns for Congressional candidate Sean Patrick Maloney
Former President Bill Clinton campaigned in the lower Hudson Valley Sunday, praising his White House staff secretary. Sean Patrick Maloney is now running for Congress. YNN's John Wagner has the story.
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Aligning himself with ultra-popular former president Bill Clinton, Sean Patrick Maloney's campaign got a boost when his former boss gives him big props.
"Sean Maloney's got a better jobs plan, he's got a better budget plan, he's got a better education plan, he's got a better plan for the future," said Bill Clinton.
"President Clinton and I worked side by side on the White House senior staff," said Sean Maloney, 18th district Congressional candidate. "He was my mentor. If you look at what he did in the 90s, we can do that again, and we can balance the budget the right way."
Maloney worked for the president between 1997 and 2000. He now faces incumbent Republican Nan Hayworth and he says the options are simple.
"This is not a choice between a Democrat and a Republican, this is a choice between what works and what doesn't," said Maloney.
"This is not a complicated decision, go out and win it for him," said Clinton.
Republican Nan Hayworth disagrees, releasing a statement saying, "President Clinton lowered taxes, Sean Maloney wants to raise your taxes. At least one aspect of Mr. Maloney's background is clear: he's not a Bill Clinton Democrat, he's a Nancy Pelosi Democrat."
Recent polls show Hayworth ahead of Maloney, but analysts say it's a shrinking lead.
"Hopefully this will energize a lot of people and get more people out to help get the vote out, because if we can get the vote out, we can win the election," said Warwick resident Gerard Finn.