February 2nd, 2008
09:52 AM ET
12 years ago

On the trail, Bill Clinton links Ted Kennedy and Bush

(CNN) - Twice in the past two days, former President Bill Clinton has implied Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy bears responsibility for the “No Child Left Behind” school standards, which are deeply unpopular with the Democratic base.

The statements come just days after Kennedy endorsed Hillary Clinton’s primary opponent, Barack Obama.

In Arkansas yesterday, the former president told voters at a campaign stop that President Bush had "made a deal with Sen. Kennedy, and neither one of them meant to mess it up.”

He said that agreement had been to give schools more money but cut or eliminate funding for successful programs he had started during his administration.

Earlier this week in Arizona, Clinton had also linked Kennedy’s name with President Bush’s as he criticized the education measure.

"I want you to think about this, and I have to say, this was a train wreck that was not intended. No Child Left Behind was supported by George Bush and Sen. Ted Kennedy and everybody in between. Why? Because they didn't talk to enough teachers before they did that," said Clinton on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Leslie

    I used to hold Bill Clinton in such high regard. Does he not care about his legacy?

    February 2, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Amy R.

    I am not a youngling and I know the Clintons back in the White House would be a complete disaster. She will never get my vote. It is time to move this country forward.

    February 2, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. wakimg

    Bill is not helping. He's hurting her! again!

    February 2, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Tory

    This demonstrates either that Hillary CAN'T put a lid on him, or that she WON'T. Either way, it's a losing proposition.

    February 2, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. j

    nextprez – you completely missed the point. They aren't complaining about "what" he said, it is "how" he said it. It seems everybody except Bill Clinton is sick of divide-and-conquer politics.

    February 2, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Peter

    Good for Bill! It is time for the truth to be told!

    February 2, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Eric

    Well if Barack wants to say that Hillary votes with the GOP is it not fair for President Clinton to look at the alliances of Obama's closest supporters?

    February 2, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Gil - California

    Hey Bill

    NAFTA!

    All yours baby.

    February 2, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. tomdavie

    All these people are saying

    8 years of the clintons is ENOUGH!!!

    but FORTY YEARS of Ted Kennedy ISNT ?????

    SPIN IT OBAMA LOVERS SPIN IT.

    February 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Cliff

    Ask any teacher, "No Child Left Behind" was a terrible program across the board and in every state. Bush and Kennedy should be ashamed of what they did to public education with just that one bit of flawed legislation.

    February 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. mnmn

    Kennedy's decision to endorse Obama because of a comment about LBJ
    utterly childish and idiotic. That's a reason to endorse? I've lost all respect for Kennedy.

    February 2, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. jack fischer

    Hey they are all dishonest..........they all have someone to pay after being elected.....how about if we hook them all up to a lie detector at all the debates.....and hold the elections on a sunday.......

    February 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. OBAMA4EVER

    Ted Kennedy...one of the most liberal senators ever is likened to Bush? Anyways, why is Bill talking about Ted Kennedy...he's not even running for office.

    Watch the Hillary trolls run in here and accuse CNN of partisanship for reporting this story...that's the only defense they can up with.

    February 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. jack fischer

    Hey I wonder : how about a Clinton / Clinton ticket !

    February 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. cjjm

    The more Bill speaks the better Barack looks.

    February 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Karen, Jersey City

    Rather nutty if you ask me...

    February 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Juanito, Washington, DC

    Keep talking Bill...you will sink your wife.

    February 2, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. J Mothing

    OBAMA4EVER,
    Please tell me you are not that stupid!!! Because Teddy BOY didn't endorse Hillary is the reason he is demonizing Teddy BOY!!.

    February 2, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. nmc

    Don't overlook how intelligent Hillary is........and experienced.....why would we want Obama in the White House as President when he can't even qualify to be a police officer with his drug use??? Yea – that's someone I want my kids to look up to.

    February 2, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Beb

    It's pretty evident that Bill Clinton will discredit anyone who endorses Obama. Oddly enough the Obama camp seems able to stay on message and not downplay Clinton's endorsers...maybe he'll want to reach across the aisle after he gets the nomination and doesn't want to practice divisive politics, ya think

    February 2, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Katie

    Oh! my GOD! I can't believe he said that. His wife Hillary voted yes for the No child left behind bill! WHAT A LIAR!

    I am so disgusted with this Clinton family!

    February 2, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Joe

    Hillary does not have the "experience" I want, namely defending large corporations from their mistakes. She had her health care attempt– it went no where.

    Our country will go no where fast under Hillary. The congress will be as divided as it is now. Hillary is a democratic Bush. Half the country, congress, and house hates her. They do not want to work with her.

    We need progress. We need unity. We need Obama.

    February 2, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. rbrooks

    This from Bush I's golfing partner. You're messin with me, right?
    This man is a serious liability, and this is a primary campaign.
    It's time to move on from the Clinton-Bush extended dysfunctional family. Enough already.

    February 2, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. KENNETH B

    DOES IT SEENS LIKE THE SAME OLD PAST IS TRYINGTO GET INTO THE FUTURE NO MORE CLINTONS

    February 2, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. Percy Littleton

    I wish Bill Clinton would shut up and let his wife put her own foot in her mouth.
    Attacking Ted Kennedy is just stupid. They wanted the him on their side didn't get it and now all of a suden there is a problem?

    February 2, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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