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Hillary Clinton brings out big-name surrogates for final sprint

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton boards her campaign plane at the Quad Cities International Airport in Moline, Ill., Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, to travel to the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.

Andrew Harnik, AP

NEW YORK -- For her final sprint toward Election Day, Hillary Clinton is bringing in a little help.

While the Democratic nominee was traveling from one Labor Day celebration in Cleveland to another in Hampton, Ill. on Monday, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was posing for photos with babies and ordering raspberry sorbet in an ice cream shop in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, over in Pittsburgh, the Vice President joined Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, at a parade. 

“My name is Joe Biden and I work for Hillary Clinton, and whatever the hell this guy’s name is,” Biden joked. 

And up in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders​ made his solo debut at an organizing event on Clinton’s behalf, after offering her his endorsement back in July. It’s just the beginning of what’s to come as Clinton vows not to take any state, or any vote, “for granted.”

Later this week, surrogates for Clinton will fan out across battleground states to make the case for her. Chelsea Clinton, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren​, Sec. Julian Castro and actors Tony Goldwyn and Don Cheadle are among those who will campaign on her behalf.

And on Sept. 16, Michelle Obama, who wowed Democrats with a moving speech at the Democratic National Convention earlier this summer, will also join the ranks. According to a Clinton campaign official, the First Lady will campaign for Clinton in Northern Virginia, just three days after President Barack Obama appears on the trail in Philadelphia.

“Now that we are past Labor Day, Democratic leaders are kicking it into high gear to make the case that Hillary Clinton has the ability to do the job of commander-in-chief and president on day one,” said Jesse Ferguson, a spokesman for Clinton, in a statement. 

“She appreciates their support. Many of these people know what it takes to do this job and see Hillary Clinton as the only candidate with the experience, qualifications and temperament needed.”