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Bill Clinton makes pitch for Hillary at fundraiser?

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Former President Clinton used his fundraising skills to help the Alabama Democratic Party on Friday night and his popularity to help his wife's presidential campaign in Alabama.

Clinton spoke at the state Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, with guests paying from $150 per person to $5,000 for a table for 10. Party spokesman Zac McCrary said the party should net about $350,000, which would help fund it through the 2008 presidential election.

Clinton was not accompanied by his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who was in New York to speak to the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. But the former president made direct and indirect remarks about her.

Paying recognition to Alabama's first female chief justice, Sue Bell Cobb, Clinton said, "I've about decided women ought to run everything."

Political observers said his Alabama visit helped his wife's chances in the state's presidential primary on Feb. 5.

"He's a superstar in the party and in the nation," said Rep. Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia.

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