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. R. L. Motloenya

    It's high time Obama concentrated on the Republican runners instead of unsuccessfully hammering at Hillary. When is he going start campaigning?

    November 17, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    I wonder how many phone numbers he collected?

    November 17, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. Jose Card

    When you apply for a job that requires references, are you allowed to use your husband or wife as a key reference? Bill provides nothing impartial and credible for Hillary. She needs his interpretation each time she makes a statement. She accused a male voter of planting questions earlier and now cried foul when caught cheating. Perhaps she does not waffle, but her lying skill needs more tutoring from Bill. However,

    We badly need to brainstorm for the critical issues facing our nation. We cannot afford to waste more time on this unbelievable couple.

    No release of Clinton documents, no vote for Hillary.

    Dr. Ron Paul is the magnet for young voters online. It's not the internet, stupid. It is what the Clintons do not have – Honesty, intelligent problem-solving skills, non-selfserving public service records that are available NOW.

    November 17, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario


    Husband is a profession of respecting an animal.

    Bride and you get Groomed; servitude?

    Man is not true, and gentlemen should respect a lady wheither bound of matramony or not.

    It seems a female will still be segragated while such labels exist which are deemed some-how unfamiliar with that office.

    With the best hope for the 'first' 'a person?' running for election against sixty eight others, but a military background may be appropriate for such a higher respected candidacy so to blunt the existing comfort bubble?

    Would one only need to formally change the definition of 'a person', as apposed to a slang acceptance of what it encompases (as human alone or including androids), or could a sapient yeti who is found a sentient being, who is native-born to the North America; could such a Sasquatch: become the Vice-President. Is their an aptitude limit or requirement?

    November 17, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. John Williams Boise

    Was dateline "To Catch a Predator" there? they should have been.

    November 17, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    No, if the reason for voting for a female is because it will eliminate the stigma as the idea of altering the perceived historical precedent of an all male presidency then the vote is not appropriate, but that is ethics, as one votes for the best candidate for office.

    The fact that I am not an electoral college member and as I do not know the candidates personally it makes me an un-informed but still logical voter; that is if I legally lived in The United States of America.

    If one assumes that their has already been a female president in the future then the stigma is so dulled.

    November 17, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. PollM, Dallas Tx

    With 2008 elections just around the corner where do you place yourself on the political spectrum?


    Pundits tend to divide America in two on a tidy, linear scale: Either you're conservative or you're liberal. Differences between one conservative and another conservative can be explained by describing one as "more conservative" or "less conservative" than the other, and the same applies to liberals.


    November 17, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. Bots, Seattle

    The only thing that will come of Ms Clinton becoming president is that she will move in front of Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon the ugliest President!

    November 17, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. mbot565, la jolla, ca

    Oh Bill, your time has PASSED. Although your money, political & people scandals still follow your wife.
    One of the most important things I learned from the mess created by Bush, is to take into account the kind people the candidate surrounds himself or herself and I gotta admit – talking about the most unethical people – Hillary's campaign is filled with so many of them she made Bush's people look NORMAL. How tragic is that?

    Young people were never taken seriously by your wife's campaign, and publicly said so. I guess you wish they don't notice that. Well they do, and I do too. This trick of having you, Hillary & her campaign saying 3 different things about any given subject, is getting old.

    It makes your wife look either incompetence or extremely sleezy. Neither one is good.

    But hey, my family & relatives aren't going to vote for her to begin with, so it's not like Hillary is loosing anything from us.

    Good luck to you, Bill.

    November 18, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  10. Laverne Thraen Omaha Nebraska

    if Hillary gets elected will she return the 68 oil field's and the 4 military bases in iraq.Will we keep the spoils of war.

    November 18, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  11. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    Sorry, Bill. The youth vote is already going to Dr. Ron Paul!

    November 18, 2007 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  12. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    Get Bill Clinton out of the news. I've seen his fat face for eight years...that's way to long for me. Let his wife campaign for herself.

    November 18, 2007 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  13. Christian, Tampa FL

    I don't want my generation to be manipulated for the sake of some politician's career. If this is true about CNN planting the "diamonds and pearls" question, then we have a problem.

    Us young folk are not tools to be used. The politicians are contradicting all the ethical and moral things they teach us in schools.

    November 18, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  14. A Canadian

    It is such a shame that the BEST Candidates for President of the US are apparently invisible to Americans.

    On every news channel all we hear is Clinton, Edwards, Obama. On this Blog all we hear is Clinton, Edwards, Obama, Paul and oh of couse Guilani.

    And those who hate the Clintons and Edwards and unsure of Obama are putting their support behind –

    Paul a weak looking old man set on taking American back to the stone ages. Pulling the US out of Nato! Abolishing Free Trade! And after that, stopping the war on Iraq. Ahhhh Good Luck with that Ron with no help from your Natio Allies and no bucks from the big Corporations! Then Paul calls this Deomocracy and Freedom!!!

    And Guiliani a Bush Clone with no morality who sees himself as a Hero, who can't stop talking about his Heroism and 9/11. Of course what else does he have to talk about? He has no experience. Unless the experience gained from his criminals friends is considered leadership qualities!

    And the Candidates who really stand behind Americans who are loyal, sincere, experienced and have strategies that are in keeping with American Ideals are overlooked! Like for instance, Biden, Richardson and Dodd.

    No wonder America is in the worst shape ever in decades!

    November 18, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Brad, Stockton, CA

    Why doesn't Bill just go away. I'm so tired of hearing what "he" thinks. And his wife is worse – her concern is to be nominated regardless of whose butts she kisses and takes money from to get there. A "corporate" democrat – our government is filled with corporate people, democrats and republicans alike.

    November 18, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. anthony,venice FL

    Rodham Clinton being Commander in
    Chief is frightening.Her being elected
    will excite the enemy.Slick Willy being first man be able to keep his
    zipper closed?

    November 18, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Chuckles, SacTown, Cali

    Bill's got to do some spin control after Mark Penn insulted every young voter in America after the Iowa JJ dinner. I just wish one of my young voting friends in the audience there would have asked Bill to release the papers that supposedly prove that his wife has all this experience they keep touting. I don't think eight years of picking out China patterns and going on safaris with Chelsea qualifies as the kind of experience we need right now. The only policy experience I see Hillary having other than her years as a carbetbagging senator is her failed attempt at health care in 1993...and it's funny they trotted Bill out last week to run interference on that sad fact. He told an audience that he was more responsible for the debacle in 1993 than Hillary. OK then Mr. President, Hillary can't use that as experience-building, so we go to her senate record – which is devoid of any meaningful authored legislation, but does show that she not only voted for the Iraq War but actively pushed for it so she could look like a hawk. That is her experience Mr. President...all she can do is try to reclaim the 1990s. And this country has to look at the future – not the past. That future is Barack Obama

    November 18, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. JD Rugby ND

    Youth, I have news for you – Hillary Clinton has no intention of ending Bush's war of terror in Iraq. A vote for Clinton is a vote to continue the military occupation of Iraq.

    November 18, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. laurinda,ny

    Well, if you ask me he looks terrible, just like a skeleton head. I really think that he is on death's door. Even his hair looks like white hay. This whole election process is turning ugly. Even the "people" writing are turning ugly. I will never get involved with these tickers again. I don't even know how I got on it to begin with.

    November 18, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    The spouse of the President to be–erh the prospective "first-lady" is always allowed to stump for his/her spouse–and they always should. As a prior President I think it's guide of history making for the first husband/wife team to become President. After all the nation survived the two Adams', two Roosevelt's, and two Bush's. Particularly concerning the latter, if we survived that–what harm could two Clinton's do. Oh are we afraid they might screw up the economy and send us to war–Hellooooooo...!!!

    November 18, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. laurinda,ny

    Jack from Fort Myers..I think that this has gone far enough now. This goes beyond the church to a much higher source. I know now it is just like the Turtles song, isn't it? --– ghee I think your swell...

    November 18, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Brent, Seattle WA

    We all know ol' Billy-boy is going for the youth vote so he can nail some chick after each speech.

    November 18, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Bill , Covington,LA

    All parente, but, especially those of female twenty-somethings' should be very concerned when they are invited to be around Slick Willie Clinton. Do parents realy want their children serviceing his wants?

    November 18, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. just wondering los angeles

    was Bill giving out any "pearl" necklaces?

    November 18, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. Ann ME

    I can only imagine how he's doing that. Sleeze

    November 19, 2007 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
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