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Former President Clinton endorses Bill White

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton is endorsing Democrat Bill White in the Texas governor's race.

Clinton issued a statement of support Thursday. He said White - who served as his deputy secretary of energy - is a proven, mainstream public servant. Clinton called Republican Gov. Rick Perry 1 of the nation's "most strident, divisive political figures."

The endorsement comes as the state Democratic Party convention gets under way this weekend in Corpus Christi.

Clinton urged campaign donations be made to White to counter smear campaigns from Republicans.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner criticized Clinton's endorsement as evidence that White is out of step with most Texans. He said the former Houston mayor left his city in a financial mess while Perry balanced state budgets and helped create an appealing Texas business climate.

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