- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan next month - her first trip to the state since 2008.

Shaheen’s campaign confirmed the event will take place Nov. 2, but no other details have been released. Clinton has said she’ll decide next year whether to run for president in 2016. Her visit to New Hampshire is part of a midterm campaign swing to help Democratic candidates in key Senate races, such as Iowa and North Carolina. She hosted a fundraiser with Shaheen this week in New York City.

“There is so much at stake for New Hampshire in this election and I couldn’t be more grateful to have Secretary Clinton’s support. She’s someone I’m proud to call a friend, and I can’t wait to welcome her back to New Hampshire,” Shaheen said in a statement.

Shaheen’s husband, Bill Shaheen, served as a New Hampshire co-chair for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. Clinton won the New Hampshire primary that year after placing third in the Iowa caucuses.

The New Hampshire Republican Party called Clinton’s upcoming visit a “political favor” owed to the Shaheens for comments Bill Shaheen made in 2008 after President Barack Obama’s acknowledged previous drug use. In an interview with the Washington Post, Bill Shaheen said Republicans would attack the president for the drug use and ask him whether he ever sold drugs.

“It’s obvious that Secretary Clinton’s efforts to prop up Senator Shaheen’s flailing campaign is an effort to repay her and her husband for their role in this sordid chapter in New Hampshire political history,” party spokeswoman Lauren Zelt said in an email.

Former President Bill Clinton will headline the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual dinner on Oct. 16.

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