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Bill Clinton Stumps for Wolf in Pittsburgh

AP Photo / Keith Srakocic

Former President Bill Clinton came to Pittsburgh on Monday to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.

Clinton addressed several hundred Wolf supporters at a South Side union hall as the first-time candidate tries to knock off Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Those in attendance also heard from other politicians including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) , U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Clinton lauded Wolf, saying he finds it unbelievable that there isn’t a severance tax on natural gas in Pennsylvania. 

“I think it's better to have a reasonable severance tax on a natural resource that is not coming back and put it into a resource like education that keeps on giving,” he said.

Wolf has proposed a five percent severance tax.

Clinton also urged the crowd to vote and to encourage others to vote.

“I work all over the world," he said. "Wherever people are fighting, good things are not happening. Wherever people are working together, good things are happening. You will have the best working-together governor you could ever hope to have and great things will happen when Tom Wolf becomes the governor of Pennsylvania."

Clinton is the third political celebrity in as many weeks to campaign for Wolf, who ran his family building-products distribution business for nearly three decades.

He follows his wife, Hillary Clinton, and first lady Michelle Obama. Next weekend, President Barack Obama will campaign for Wolf.

The election is Nov. 4.