December 30th, 2007
08:01 AM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton: Hillary can best handle 'unexpected' threats

(CNN) – Bill Clinton told a group of New Hampshire voters that the "most important" reason to elect his wife Hillary president is that she would be best able to "deal with the unexpected," like another terrorist attack.

“You have to have a leader who is strong and commanding and convincing enough . . . to deal with the unexpected. There is a better than 50 percent chance that sometime in the first year or 18 months of the next presidency, something will happen that is not being discussed in this campaign,” he said at a Saturday campaign event.

“President Bush never talked about Osama bin Laden and didn't foresee Hurricane Katrina. And if you're not ready for that, then everything else you do can be undermined. You need a president that you trust to deal with something that we will not discuss in this campaign. . . . And I think, on this score, she's the best of all,” he said.

A recent memo from John Edwards' campaign predicted the Clinton campaign would try to appeal to voter anxiety over worst-case scenarios. "We know that Senator Clinton will spend the week touting her national security credentials in a move that echoes George Bush's 2004 campaign… We believe Democrats will not be fooled by efforts to play on their fears," wrote Edwards’ deputy campaign manager, Jonathan Prince.

Last week, the former president told another Granite State crowd that his wife was the most qualified to deal with issues like climate change and terrorism, compared to other candidates with less experience. He added that "how we meet those challenges will determine whether our grandchildren will even be here fifty years from now at a meeting like this listening to the next generation's presidential candidates."

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    Bill Clinton is right on when he says that Hillary is the best candidate for the Presidency. She is a very intelligent woman, knows a lot about not only foreign policy but of what this country needs to benefit people other then the rich. She and Bill have always worked for the middle class and the poverty stricken. WE need someone who will be a President for ALL people, not just the rich and the big corporations.

    By the way, why are they not allowed to use Obama's middle name. They say William Jefferson Clinton, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. If he is ashamed of his middle name, by the way which is Hussien, then he should have changed it before going into politics.

    December 30, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. AJ, IL

    All you die-hard Hillary supporters only repeat Hillary campaign stump points with no details or tangible evidence. Sorry Bill is a smooth political campaigner who will say the rights things, but lacks substainance. Just because Bill Clinton says this is true doesn't make it true. I still remember when Bill Clinton got in front of national TV, and responded 'I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN', and later apologized on national TV for outright lying. Specifically what has Hillary done that garners so much support for her so-called "experience". During her White House years what specifically did she help to resolve? What leadership and decision-making roles did she have and what were the results? During her senate tenure, what legislation did she passed?

    December 30, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Rob

    Bill knows- he has shocked her many times getting caught with his "pants down".
    probably with a few medical conditions too.

    December 30, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    Dee Ward Mena in AR- Thanks for playing the middle name card again. So, if it is SO IMPORTANT to focus on a middle name, why are John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Ron Paul, Bill Richardson, John Edwards, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee's middle names not used?

    Is it a conspiracy, or is your need (like so many others) to point out the middle name to paint him negatively. His middle name is Hussein? His last name is Obama? OH NO!!!! Youre right, we can't elect him to be President!!!

    By that logic, find me someone named America Liberty Washington so we can just crown them president.

    If names are SO IMPORTANT as well, what happened to the RODHAM in the HILLARY RODHAM-CLINTON???? It disappeared so she can grap on the the CLINTON name.

    I love that Bill had to say she was "convincing". Its not that she is honest or a good leader, its that she can lie to "convince" people that she is on their side. As for not forseeing Osama bin Laden, why didn't Clinton do anything to stop him when he had a chance?

    I guess like with Rwanda, his wife couldn't "convince" him to do anything.

    December 30, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX

    Hillary has my vote in November 2008.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/

    December 30, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Jim Bremer

    Here's a big "unforeseen" threat – an inexperienced crackhead with a name like Hussein wants to run America

    How many Americans saw this coming ????

    December 30, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. jackie

    We are in desperate need for Hillary Clinton I do not care what Oprah Windfrey thinks shes a multimillionare I am a poor farmer in Michigan. We need a president that cares about people not money thats Hillary.... We need a president that helps the farmers in this country thats Hillary....... Hillary will not throw in the towel when things get though shes proved that ! Remember...."The Hand That Rocks The Cradle IS The Hand That Rules The World!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" You Go Hillary Lead us out of this Despair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 30, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Andy, Evansville, IN

    Yeah, yeah, yeah Bill....we know your wife is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Take your grade school testimonials of Hillary and...well you know!

    December 30, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Tammy Manh

    Every year under Clinton we had some half a million jobs created. I still recall telling my sisters that "we are living in a golden age in America". All my working-aged relatives and friends and myself were fully employed during Clinton's years. I still recall that some 80-year-old poor lady in Texas referred to Clinton as "Saint Bill".

    Please don't forget that if you vote for Hilary Clinton, you are BUYING ONE GETTING ONE FREE.

    December 30, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. Margarita, Los Angeles

    THE NAME OF OUR ENEMY "HUSSEIN" WILL NEVER BE ASSOCIATED OR INVOKED WITH THE OATH OF OFFICE. AMERICANS BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS, MODERATES OR CONSERVATIVE WILL SECRETLY VOTE FOR THE OPPONENT. AMERICA WILL NEVER ALLOW IT. IT WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE KARMA.

    December 30, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. DON E. CRISP

    FOR THE MOST EXPERIENCED AND INTELLIGENT PEOPLE EVER TO BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, VOTE, VOTE FOR THE ONE AND ONLY HILLARY AND GET BILL AND HIS EXPERIENCE AS WELL. I'AM VOTING FOR HILLARY AS MANY TIMES AS I CAN..YOU DO KNOW THAT WE HAD THE BEST YEARS DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. MORE PEOPEL WITH JOBS. WE GOT OUT OF DEBT AND HAD A SURPLUS WHEN HE LEFT OFFICE AND ABOVE ALL WE WERE LIKED AROUND THE WORLD(WELL IN MORE PLACES THAN WE ARE NOW) AND WITH HILLARY IN THE WHITE HOUSE IT IS POSSIBLE WE RETURN TO ALL TOSE GREAT THINGS WE HAD DURING THE CLINTON TIMES. VOTE HILLARY AS MANY TIMES AS YOU CAN AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

    December 30, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. xtina chicago IL

    But can anyone name specific achievements Obama or Hillary have made (that DONT involve raising taxes for "programs" for lazy people or making new "laws")? Im referring to leadership, making difficult decisions and reducing the taxpayer burden. Be as specific as possible. Thanks

    December 30, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  13. Seam, Philly, Pa

    If Hillary wins the democratic ticket, I am seriously voting Republican for President. I am sick and tired of Bush-Clinton. People need to wake up and vote someone different. Don't let Bill or anyone else scare you into believing Hillary is the most experienced and most ready to be President. The only experience she has is wearing her last name. She's a joke. I beg people to trust something different, and let this country move forward with a new name.

    December 30, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    "VOTE HILLARY AS MANY TIMES AS YOU CAN AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT."

    Must be a Florida voter...........

    "But can anyone name specific achievements Obama or Hillary have made (that DONT involve raising taxes for "programs" for lazy people or making new "laws")? Im referring to leadership, making difficult decisions and reducing the taxpayer burden."

    Major corporations seek and hire executives, mostly CEO's that have mad specific acomplishments.

    Neither Hillary, Obama, or John would be targeted by any headhunter firm as a candidate for a CEO anywhere.

    Governors would, mayors would as they actually had to use decision making capability and were held to be responsibile to their citizens. All senators do is move taxpayer money from one special project to another and when they run out of money they raise taxes. Read that as programs to buy votes.

    Please list just five accomplishments by the three frontrunners that acutally accomplished anything and how it would relate in becoming a CEO of a company, let alone the USA.

    December 30, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Rochester, indiana

    Hillary Clinton is the best choice for pesident. Without experience in the whitehouse nothing will get done. When her two terms are up and her vice president (Evan Byah) becomes president we will all she how great she and mr. Byah are. Obama has a short shelf life, he won't last long. Edwards is okay and would be better if his wife was seen more lately (like in the early going). Clinton is the only one that can win and is the one that will win. Without the Clintons where would America be today? In WWIII with a deficit ten times what it is now....yeah we need a Clinton to clean up after a Bush.

    December 30, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. AL

    Much the same way she handled the threat of a White House Intern moving in on her husband. Always after the fact!

    December 30, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. JE

    TO "OBAMA IS AN EMPTY SUIT"

    I AM VOTING FOR OBAMA AND DO NOT WATCH PARIS HILTON NEWS

    December 31, 2007 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  18. JE

    To "Obama is an empty suit"
    I am voting for Obama and do not watch Paris Hilton news

    December 31, 2007 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  19. TUESDAY

    HEY HEY HEY iT iS VERY KAUL THAT WE HAVE A WOMEN RUNNiNG FOR PRESiDENT ND i THiNK EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE FOR HER LOL LOL LOL HAHAHAHAHA HEHEHEHEHE
    PEACE BABEH!!!!!!! 2DAY

    February 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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