She said she had told the former president that he would need to “come out of retirement” to help put people back to work.

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FORT MITCHELL, Ky. — Hillary Clinton has an assignment for her husband, Bill Clinton, if they return to the White House next year. The former president, Hillary Clinton told voters Sunday, will be “in charge of revitalizing the economy.”

“Because, you know, he knows how to do it,” she said. “Especially in places like coal country and inner cities and other parts of our country that have really been left out.”

Clinton mentioned her idea for her husband while speaking at a rally outside a home in northern Kentucky. This month, she said she had told the former president that he would need to “come out of retirement” to help put people back to work.

The presidential candidate spent Sunday campaigning in Kentucky ahead of its Democratic primary Tuesday. At the rally here, she praised the economic success of her husband’s presidency while outlining her own plans. She also emphasized her commitment to supporting workers in the coal industry, which has a major presence in Kentucky, just as it does in West Virginia, where Clinton lost the primary last week to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

She alienated some voters when she said in March, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She made the comment while talking about renewable energy, adding that coal miners should not be overlooked. But the sound bite has haunted her, and when she visited coal country in West Virginia this month, protesters chanted, “Go home!”

On Sunday, Clinton emphasized her desire to help coal miners.

“We can’t and we must not walk away from them,” she said. “I feel such a sense of obligation.”