President Clinton will make a brief stopover visit in Seattle next month while en route to the Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Nov. 22 visit - Clinton’s ninth in the Northwest since taking office in 1993 - is expected to include both high-priced and medium-range fund-raising events for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and the Democratic Party, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on Saturday.
The White House had originally favored a stopover date after the Nov. 24-25 summit of Asia-Pacific leaders. Local supporters feared that timing so close to Thanksgiving would limit the fund-raising potential of the visit.
Last year, the president and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton raised big bucks for the Democrats during appearances in Seattle.
Clinton appeared at a $10,000-a-couple party at the Columbia Center Club in September and Hillary Clinton spoke to a $5,000-a-couple dinner at the Laurelhurst home of attorney and shipping executive Stan Barer.
The first lady also appeared in Seattle earlier this year to speak at Murray’s $250-a-person “Golden Tennis Shoes” awards luncheon.
Clinton has had strong ties to the region in the past, having used it to conduct a daylong timber summit, speak to Boeing workers, host a previous APEC summit of Pacific leaders, meet with Russia’s President Boris Yeltsin, campaign unsuccessfully for Democrats in 1994 and to draw some of the biggest crowds of his 1996 re-election campaign.