November 18th, 2007
07:41 AM ET
7 years ago

Bill Clinton campaigns for the youth vote

Bill Clinton said it was important for young voters to remain engaged in the political process.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN)- ­ Before a crowd of young college democrats Friday, former President Bill Clinton encouraged young people to continue their engagement in the political process.

"That ought to be our mission. Your generation has more to expect in this than anyone else," Clinton said to a crowd of 20 some-things. "Because the 21st century is either going to be the most prosperous, peaceful, interesting time in human history– or one long set of nightmares. And it depends on what we do."

While Clinton spoke affectionately about his wife and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, he also told the crowd the New York Senator would be his top choice despite their relation.

"If we were not married, and she asked me to be here tonight, I would be here for her." Clinton continued by referencing CNN's Democratic debate "because I think as you saw last night, she has the strength, the experience, the ideas and the determination to change this country and to lead us together to reclaim the 21st century for you."

The former President also humorously discussed how outreach to young voters, a key voting block in his 1992 presidential bid, had changed dramatically since his time in the White House.

"When I took office there were only 50 sites on the World Wide Web," Clinton told a crowd of laughing twenty year olds who have grown up online-savvy.

"When I took office, the average weight of the cell phone was five pounds, now I can't even get my big hands on one. So we had to do really rudimentary things like go on MTV. It was unbelievable, young people gave the energy, the drive, the thrust to our campaign."

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire • Race to '08
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Jose Card

    If Hillary were not married and staying married to Bill, she would not have been running for presidency. First Lady is not an elected position.

    Bill, cut the talk and release the documents to prove to the nation what she has done to validate her so-called 35 years of pertinent experiences for the Oval Office. Verifying claimed experience is simply reasonable when you want to hire somebody especially for the world's most powerful position.

    BILL, release the documents if you have not lied again!

    November 17, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. S. Wright

    If Hillary has the "strength, the experience, the ideas and the determination" as you state, Bill, then let her move away from debates that are held by cheerleaders such as CNN, and actually go on Fox News.

    By the way, you don't look good in that photo, Bill.

    November 17, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Jay

    35 years being tested and which of these tests did Hillary pass. Besides staying married to Bill and developing this hatred toward republicans

    November 17, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. donna seattle WA

    As I did indeed see the night of the debate - another shameful display of Clinton manipulation of the public - seeding the house with pro-Hillary supporters instructed to boo for Obama and Edwards and cheer for Hillary. A planted question about diamonds and pearls - coerced from a 15 yr old child. I see a history of lying and cheating and unethical behavior. I am a life long democrat and I am ashamed of the Clintons. Their sleazy tactics are what brought such vicious blowback from the republicans. I see people complaining about Rove - well, how about blaming the people who GAVE him his career and reason for existence? Don't tell me I need to vote for this horrible woman to keep the republicans from power. The act of voting for her WILL GIVE THE REPUBLICANS POWER! Putting the Clinton back in office will sink this country even lower than it is - stagnation, endless bickering - all the while the world will continue to burn.

    November 17, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Ron, TX

    Of course, the Clinton campaign decides to flip-flop on the youth vote after their massive failure at JJ Dinner

    "At least two of Hillary Clinton’s upper-echelon advisers, Mandy Grunwald and Mark Penn, were decidedly unimpressed.

    “Our people look like caucus-goers,” Grunwald said, “and his people look like they are 18. Penn said they look like Facebook.”

    Penn added, “Only a few of their people look like they could vote in any state.”


    November 17, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Tired of Corruption LV

    If Hillary has the strength, conviction, honesty, and judgement to run this country successfully, then why does she go in hiding everytime she screws up and you and the media run around explaining her position and making excuses for her.

    Why does she need to plant questions in the audience, why does she need to accuse a truthful citizen who asks her to clarify her position as a plant from another campaign, why is she still hiding her papers from her first lady days to back up her claim of "experience", why does she give many sides to one issue to finally settle on one answer after polls are taken.

    Why are you chasing the youth vote. I thought your wife's handlers criticized the youth that are backing Senator Obama.

    On final question, where was all this love and devotion to your wife when you were making a complete fool of her with your affairs.

    The more you are out in public; the more bad memories of your 8-year reign come to mind.

    November 17, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. AuthenticAinsworth

    Karl Rove,is right about Sen.Obama playing pit-a-pat with Sen.Clinton,when he had the chance to deliver a knockout punch.For example,Sen.Clinton said,Obama health care plan leave off 15 million people.The retort should have been,she had 8 years under the Clinton administration to put forward a plan acceptable to the American people,to wit,was delegated to her.Now she is asking the American people to give her 4 more years to get it right.KNOCKOUT.

    November 17, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Matthew Lee, Edmonton, AB

    Hey...didn't Hillary sit on the board of Directors for Wal-Mart? So she's a democrat why? Oh right...the health care thing. Also, she stated that she will continue to take donations from "big business", but it won't influence her decisions? Sounds like poop from the Potomic. Too bad Greenpeace doesn't help clean up the shores of that body of water. Perhaps we would be able to wash all off this filth out of Washington. I am an American patriot living abroad, and what I see happening back home, I am not in a rush to get back.

    November 17, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. mj

    I have only one word for both clintons UCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just seeing them on the news grosses me out.

    November 17, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Daniel, NY

    A new general election poll from Iowa has Clinton surprisingly weak against Republicans, as Barack Obama crushes all of them. Link.

    November 17, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Martin, Clarksville, Tn

    I served in the military while Bill was in office and saw this disrespect he and Hillary showed the people in uniform. Now, four of my boys are in the military. They deserve better than a dishonest, flip-flopping, manipulative president like Hillary would be. Our country does not need any more scandals from the Clintons.

    Anybody but Hillary in 2008

    November 17, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Sophie Kaufman Queens NY

    If Bill Clinton is reaching out for the youth vote, he needs a quick makeover.

    This guy is beginning to look like "Maude" of the Golden Girls TV show !

    Come on bill, get a better set of false teeth and for God's sake, put a little color on that Grandma-white hair.

    November 17, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |

    Bill not only courts the youthful vote, but the youthful interns.

    But, I take issue with his statement that when he took office in 1992 there were 50 sites on the web. It wasn't until January 23, 1993 that Mosaic v 0.5 was released, which meant that WEBSITES didn't exist in 1992, there were HOST IP's and you needed to use TELNET to access the Internet.

    It wasn't until August 1991, that ANY files were available onthe net, and they were posted on the first NNTP accessed alt.hypertext: and on January 15th, 1992, after he took office, a LINE MODE BROWSER v 1.1 was made available by anonymous FTP. It was Senator Al Gore's High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991, passed on Dec. 9th, 1991, which made possible the INTERNET, and I don't think I can agree with Mr. Bill's comment about 50 websites when he took office, can you?

    But then again, he's made more than one inaccurate statement in his career, hasn't he?

    November 17, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    It is refreshing to see and hear the maestro of politics, the most savvy, astute, motivational political maven of our generation, William Jefferson Clinton. It will be refreshing to have the First Family of Democratic Politics back in the Whitehouse. To top it office Hillary is just as smart as Bill but not quite as motivational. She will make us proud.

    November 17, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Jim

    I like this guy less and less and less. Former presidents should not endorse primary candidates. Its that simple. Regardless of his relationship to Hillary.

    Also, James Carville is a Clinton mouthpiece. CNN should disclose this every time he makes an appearance on their programs, instead of pretending he is unbiased in his opinions and reviews of candidates. It's a joke.

    November 17, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Pedro, Las Vegas Nevada

    CNN might as well give it up–the acronym can only dissemble and avail them so much. They are, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the Clinton News Network. They report everything that has Clinton ahead, and fail to give notice to, for instance, the SUSA poll which has Barack Obama beating all of the Republican contenders, while Clinton hardly beats Romney and Giuliani and loses, outside of the margin of error, to John McCain...

    This just isn't news to them. News, in CNN's eyes, is anything that affords them a chance to eulogize Clinton, critique Edwards and put down Obama... Come on, for goodness's sake. It's sad when there is absolutely NO news source that tells it as it is in the U.S. I've recently switched to BBC America News, their eyes and ears a lot less jaundiced.

    November 17, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    A real modern democracy of, for, and by the people would be done though a controlled medium like a cell phone.

    Such a method could reach every legal citizen and would be able to determine every legal citizen in operation, it would allow full government legislative participation from most people under fourty.

    I could sell this idea in a method which scares me(to the point of a global free monopoly), but I feel that a solution to the worlds powered transportation problem is a more important use of my time.

    November 17, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Maeve


    I now know that every time I begin to wonder if I'm really ready to vote for Hillary, I only need to come here and read the conservatives' comments.

    I'll vote for her if only to avoid seeming like the hateful, uninformed, repetitious, nonsensical posters on the Ticker.

    (Plus, it humors me to no end to see all you of tiny brains writhe and blather so.)

    November 17, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Is this CNN, all 10 truthful posts by Dems and Repubs on this single blog are negative.

    Have we ALL finally had enough of this "couple".

    Can I really use that term "couple" in describing them?

    November 17, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Cody Harding, Kinsley, KS

    Hillary has been involved in politics for over 40 years now, with her first election to the House Judiciary Committe 33 years ago.

    Look at the 'Career' Section, and there is your proof for her years in politics. The section also has the various statistics and policies of every other major cantidate, including Biden, Paul, and Tancredo.

    Research and facts, people. Not rhetoric.

    November 17, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. mark wilkes barre pa

    Keep president clinton away from those young ones,,,Hillary has at best 7 or so years experience in public office nothing more. her time as first lady does not qualify as experience other wise couldn't there family pet qualify to run also ? " she may not have any actual experience or qualities to be president, but she did stay at a holiday Inn " just because she lived in the whitehouse for 8 years,,, those years don't transfer on to her resume as years experience !!! come on

    November 17, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Eugene Minter, Fort Hood, TX

    Hillary and Bill Clinton are nothing more than snakes lerking in a flower garden. I just cannot see how African Americans continues to blindly be influenced by them.

    November 17, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Ben

    Hide your daughters

    November 17, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. aj huntington ny

    Speaking of which, why won't Bill release the documents - what is Hillary HIDING ???

    November 17, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. ronnie - knoxville, tn

    Bill "campaining for the 'youth vote' is code for him recruiting and lining up some 'interns' for his return to the White House

    November 17, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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