Despite earthquake, UN Haiti envoy Bill Clinton to stump in Massachusetts 

Here in Massachusetts, it turns out Bill Clinton will make not one but two appearances tomorrow on behalf of Democratic candidate Martha Coakley.

The Coakley campaign, struggling against surging Republican Scott Brown, has been touting Clinton's appearance for several days, but in the last 24 hours there have been questions about whether the former president would actually appear. Clinton is the United Nations special envoy for Haiti and has taken a high-profile role in rescue and relief efforts following the disastrous earthquake there. But he is also the man who could possibly help save Coakley, and thus the Democratic national health care plan, from defeat on Tuesday. So the confluence of events presented the spotlight-loving Clinton with a difficult choice: save health care, or save the world? He chose to head to Massachusetts.

Clinton will appear, along with Sen. John Kerry, at a Coakley rally in Boston tomorrow afternoon, followed by a second rally a couple of hours later in Worcester, that one with Rep. Jim McGovern. Rumors of an appearance this weekend by President Obama don't seem to have panned out.

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