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Clinton campaign kicks off 2016 in New Hampshire with a new face: Bill

Former President Bill Clinton listens to his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speak in Ames, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall / AP

Closely trailing Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton could use a boost from someone adept at comebacks in the state. Fortunately for her, she’s married to one.

Clinton first teased that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, would begin making public campaign appearances following the third Democratic debate December 19 in New Hampshire.

“I think this is fair to say that starting in January, I will have my not so secret weapon,’’ she said, according to ABC News. “We’re going to cover as much ground as we possibly can.’’

Well, it’s finally happening. The 42nd president will begin covering ground Monday morning in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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“President Clinton knows that the stakes are higher than ever this election year. He knows the people of New Hampshire want a president who will create shared prosperity, so that everyone has a chance at a brighter future. And, he knows Hillary Clinton is prepared to do that job,’’ said the Clinton campaign in a press release.

After speaking at an organizing event at Nashua Community College at 11:30 a.m., Bill Clinton will appear at another organizing event at Exeter Town Hall in Exeter, New Hampshire at 5:15 p.m.

Bill Clinton’s looming involvment in the campaign has apparently made waves in the Republican primary as well. GOP frontrunner Donald Trump recently took aim, calling the former president’s infidelity “fair game’’ and saying that Clinton had a “penchant for sexism’’ — even though Trump personally defended him during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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However, Hillary Clinton’s more immediate opponent, the Vermont senator, has taken a different tract.

Asked on CNN if Trump’s assertion that Bill Clinton’s sex life was fair game, as Trump insists, Sanders — only after listing minimum wage, labor issues, taxes, and climate change as other things he thought Trump was wrong on — said “no.’’

“I think we’ve got more important things to worry about in this country than Bill Clinton’s sex life,’’ he said.

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