November 18th, 2007
07:41 AM ET
3 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. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Cody in Kansas writes (above):
    Hillary has been involved in politics for over 40 years now, with her first election to the House Judiciary Committe 33 years ago.

    http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/candidates/hillary.clinton.html

    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.

    Posted By Cody Harding

    No Cody, you get YOUR facts straight. She worked for he committee, but wasn't "elected" to a darn thing. She is to be lauded for her early political activism, whether I agree with her or not. But she doesn't have "35 years on the record" as she likes to say, and the bulk of her resume is with the Rose Law Firm. Much of her "on the record" there was lost and/or misplaced, remember ? And now her 8 years as First Lady is locked up by Bill's order to the Archives !! She's not "on the record" anywhere near as long as she is "hidden from the record". Wake up !

    November 17, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. marc from indiana

    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.)

    Posted By Maeve : November 17, 2007 12:16 pm
    Your hatred from YOUR tiny brain is showing. However, this is a typical Clinton supporter. Attack the messenger, not the message.

    November 17, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Chris, Pensacola FL

    The nightmares will only come from your wife. I have noticed that everyone has been trying harder for youth votes now that they see Ron Paul is toasting them on it.

    November 17, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Lillian , houston texas

    I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the Clintons agree with the College students in New York , and buy them IPODS for there vote. It seems to be there style

    November 17, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. PoliticalTicker@GMail.com

    Bill Clinton campaigns for the youth vote

    If he were a priest, we know what that would mean, but he's a politician, so we can only expect he's looking for young girls for Hillary's internship program?

    November 17, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Maeve : November 17, 2007 12:16 pm

    To respond in a mean spirited way to your comments would be easy, but would put me on your level.

    There are Democrats who despise her as well, but just ignore that and blame Republicans and enjoy the Kool-aid.

    I have 5 questions for you Maeve, and you as a bright Hillary backer I am sure you can answer them all:

    The girl who asked the diamonds and pearls question says that is not what she wanted to ask, but was forced to.

    For 2 weeks everyone has been talking about her planting questions and her campaign admitted it, so why were there NO questions during the debate on this?

    When she simply answered NO on the licemses for Illegals (after two weeks of making up her mind), why was there not a follow-up question?

    Why was the audience allowed to boo and cheer Pro-Hillary and anti everyone else?

    Why did the "panel" after the debate have 3 people that are wholly pro-Hillary?

    Now, one would think that Hillary would have had NOTHING to do with this, but there were reports that HER CAMPAIGN strong armed CNN and the Wolfman in particular BEFORE the debate.

    Maeve as a brilliant liberal, can you explain to a tiny minded Conservative how this happens and is allowed?

    For the record, I also want Hillary to win the nomination, but for different reasons than you.

    November 17, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Anonymous, Arlington, VA

    " 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.)"

    ****************

    Wow, that's wild. Another ticker on this site about Karl Rove solicited comments from small tiny brains on the Democrat side of the aisle. They too were hateful, uninformed, repetitious, nonsensical posters on the Ticker.

    This proves but one thing. THE CLINTONS AND THE BUSHes MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCENE. This petty, childish name calling from both sides will not stop unless we get some new blood on center stage that does not remind us of the divisions we have experienced for the last 15 years.

    November 17, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Max, Boston, MA

    I love the empty and meaningless hatred that the Clintons receive from the Republican crowd. It's nothing short of entertaining.

    November 17, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Daniel, NY

    Huge controversy is breaking out today between Obama and Clinton, as Barack is accusing Clinton of preparing to swiftboating him. Full roundup of news.

    November 17, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. B. Miller, Lincoln NE

    It was at the Young Democrats of America 2007 Fall Conference, not a College Democrats event. They are two separate bodies.

    November 17, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Andy, Evansville, IN

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

    http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/candidates/hillary.clinton.html

    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"

    **************

    ...AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHY I DO NOT SUPPORT HILLARY!!!

    November 17, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Terri Tacoma, Wa

    Slick Willy and Slicker Hill. Throw in how CNN forced the UNLV student to change her serious question about Yucca Mountain over to a softball question for Hillary..... America is being treated to "Political Theater".

    My only hope is democrats will REJECT the politics of dodging, waffling, cheating, lying, planting questions, and out-right manipulation. Democrats deserve to have an authentic candidate.

    Anyone but Hillary.

    November 17, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. fair,washington,dc

    One question...Why should she release those papers...there very well could be something in there that you Republicans can twist and spin like yall are so good at doing...Why give you people fodder if she doesn't have to...I long realized why you guys hate the Clintons so much...you have been trying to beat them for years and they just are too smart and beat yall down everytime...I so hope she is our next President so you can get this country straight, but on a selfish pleasure note just to see the hatemongering Republicans fume

    November 17, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Jordan, Culbertson Nebraska

    I think the youth should get more involved in politics myself. Politics affect their life and therefore it should interest them to have the effects be positive. There is a huge number of youth people that don't vote. I think the youth could really change the outcome of an election. They just have to go out and vote.

    November 17, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Maryland for the Truth

    As I am neither a Republican or Democrat,if being a follower constitutes her experience I feel for those of you who thinks Hillary is a leader.Just show me one just one piece of Legistration or Bill that Hillary has presented.Eight years in the White House and another six in the Senate,and she has nothing to show America why she can lead this country.It seems amazing that Bill wants their records sealed until 2012.Maybe that's because their plan was to get elected again,so they could keep the truth from America.And once out of office to have them kept sealed so America won't see them for what they are.Liars!!!!!
    Only those who something to hide refuse to have their record speak for itself.
    if Hillary was so concerned about Health Care for everyone,why hasn't she brought forth a Bill to address this? In case she has forgotten,she is a Senator and that is their job.I guess that's not that important as she claims.America needs someone not named Bush or Clinton in office

    November 17, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. RuthieM

    Oh boy, even Bill is taking another page from the Obama book. It's amazing how Obama has taught all these so called 'experience' people how to really campaign, what to say on the campaign trail and who to target. OBAMA '08!

    November 17, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. LEL, White Bear Lake, MN

    Who turned Bill loose on a campus full of young girls? Any parents concerned about this?

    November 17, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Russell Nc

    How could Hillary be President and keep her eye on Bill and the Interns at the same time?

    November 17, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. les, Minnesota

    Bill says "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."
    Great sound bite, but meaningless dribble. As a politician, where has Hillary DEMONSTRATED strength and experience? HOW will she change this country? "Reclaim the 21st century? Who's got it now? Hillary is a flaming socialist who wants America to become a village commune. She’d have us all toss our money into the pot, from each according to their ability, too each according to their needs. Even Hillary herself admits America can’t afford all her great ideas.

    November 17, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. lll, MN

    The following comment demonstrates a truly intelligent method of selecting and electing the best candidate – "I'll vote for her if only to avoid seeming like the hateful, uninformed, repetitious, nonsensical posters on the Ticker".
    You hateful, uninformed, nonsensical people out there, stop picking on the girl.

    November 17, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. therealist

    Your generation has more to expect in this than anyone else"

    Funny that, in 1999, that's exactly what I told my then 8 yr old daughter when she ask me what a Lewisnky was..

    November 17, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. factjack

    Have we forgotten about their last administration? The most investigated, most convicted administration in history, including the current one....

    No, there is no doubt, a vote for Billary is a vote for another long set of American nightmares. Period.

    November 17, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. DC, GA

    Of course Mr Bill flirts the youth vote, no pun intended. As I recall Monica was in her youth while under the oval desk...

    November 17, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Who can WIN General Election

    Obama is remarkably stronger. He has a double-digit lead against Giuliani (52-39), Romney (53-39) and Huckabee (56-35) and even wins against McCain outside of the margin of the error (50-42).

    Clinton leads Giuliani 47% to 43%, Romney 49% to 43%, and Huckabee 49% to 43%. But she trails McCain 48% to 44%.

    http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2007/11/in-case-we-forgot-that-mitt-romney-is.html

    November 17, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. NY SOLDIER, ROCHESTER NEW YORK

    IS BILL RUNNING OR HILARY??? IT SEEMS LIKE BILL IS DOING A BETTER JOB! MAYBE THEY SHOULD RUN AGAINST EACHOTHER! WHO WILL WIN? IF HE WERE TOO STOP NOW, HILARY "CLINTON" WOULD HAVE NO CHANCE IN THIS ELECTION! SHE IS VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HER "HUSBAND" HELPING HER! THIS ELECTION IS EVERYONE V.S. "THE CLINTONS"! GO BILL!!

    November 17, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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