TOP DEMOCRATS have a message for Bill Clinton: Get well soon--really soon. Before the former President was sidelined for quadruple-bypass surgery, Democrats had been planning a full fall schedule for him, stumping the country on behalf of John Kerry and other Democrats. "There's no better surrogate for energizing Democrats in this country than Bill Clinton," says Kerry strategist Joe Lockhart, who was Clinton's White House press secretary.

So when Democratic Party chairman Terry McAuliffe paid a call on the former President in Chappaqua, N.Y., last week--one of the first visitors Clinton has seen since his surgery--there was more than their friendship...

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