Former President Bill Clinton headlined a "Get Out the Vote" rally in Oxnard Wednesday for Congressional Democrats facing tough races in the November election.
Clinton's visit to the Oxnard College Gym rally comes about one week before voters head to the polls to decide races in three Southern California districts. The rally is in support of Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, who is running for the 31st Congressional District seat in San Bernardino County.
Clinton touched on topics such as raising the minimum wage, "but none of this matters if you don't vote," he said.
"It is your vote, your life, your future, so vote for these three people," said Clinton.
In response to Clinton's backing of Ruiz, Greg Wallis, campaign manager for Ruiz's Republican challenger, Assemblyman Brian Nestande, said Ruiz and his supporters "know Brian is running a strong campaign and is close to victory."
Wallis said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, were in the district this month to support Nestande, and President Ronald Reagan's son, Michael, recently recorded a campaign call on Nestande's behalf.
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The Nestande campaign doesn't plan to bring any other big names to the district, Wallis said.
Clinton has been campaigning for Democrats around the nation in the last several days, including Las Vegas on Tuesday.