Clintons Hope to Return Favor to Marjorie Margolies

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Marjorie Margolies speaking in New York.Sue Rubel / Women's Campaign International via AP file

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Hillary Clinton hopes she can help return a favor owed to her daughter's mother-in-law, Marjorie Margolies, when she hosts a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania congressional candidate Thursday night.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate will visit midtown Manhattan to help raise cash for Margolies less than a week before a competitive Democratic primary for the Philadelphia-area seat. It marks Clinton’s first political activity of the year, and comes in support of the mother of Chelsea Clinton’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

Bill Clinton appeared in an ad and held a fundraiser for Margolies last month.

Even before their children married, the Clintons were indebted to Margolies after she lost her congressional seat by voting for President Bill Clinton’s 1993 budget. Margolies has maintained she does not regret being the deciding vote for the controversial budget, and penned a Washington Post op/ed in 2010 encouraging Democrats to make the tough vote for President Barack Obama's health care bill.

“I’m not coming here saying, ‘Vote for her because 20 years ago she saved the economy.’ She’ll take initiative, she’ll do things, she’ll stand up when she needs to stand up and cooperate when we need cooperation," Bill Clinton said at a campaign event for Margolies that is featured in the ad.

“I think America will be a better place, and this district will be well-served, if you elect her," he concludes.

The Republican National Committee said in statement ahead of Thursday’s fundraiser that the former secretary of state’s appearance is proof that, “For the Clintons there’s no favor that ever goes unrewarded.”

“Tonight’s fundraiser is just business as usual, because the Clintons have always operated under the terms of you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours,” RNC spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in a statement.