August 26th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton: Would you vote for a candidate who can’t ‘deliver’?

Did Bill Clinton take a dig at Obama?.
Did Bill Clinton take a dig at Obama?.

(CNN) – A senior advisor to Barack Obama said again Tuesday Bill Clinton would definitely stump for the Illinois senator in crucial swing states, as the former president again grabbed headlines with comments that seemed to suggest he was less-than-supportive of the presumptive Democratic nominee.

"Suppose you're a voter, and you've got candidate X and candidate Y,” Bill Clinton said Tuesday at a Democratic event in Denver that featured his first public remarks since his wife Hillary Clinton was officially informed she would not be vice president.

“Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don't think that candidate can deliver on anything at all. Candidate Y you agree with on about half the issues, but he can deliver. Which candidate are you going to vote for?" he asked – adding, after a pause: "This has nothing to do with what's going on now."

Sources told CNN this week that the former president was unhappy with his assigned speech topic for the convention, national security.

At a Tuesday briefing with senior officials from both the Clinton and Obama campaigns, a senior aide for the Illinois senator’s White House bid said that Bill Clinton would hit the trail for his wife’s primary season rival, and “is going to be very helpful in these battleground states.”

Bill Clinton will be on hand Tuesday evening as his wife Hillary addresses Democratic delegates on the second night of the party’s nominating convention.

soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Enlightened Patriot, CA

    CNN.... can you please report real news and stop trying to create controversy??

    Obama '08

    August 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Tony83702

    Hillary needs to realize that the party's over for her in 2008, and probably in the future too. Her astronomical negatives are never going away. Best she focus her life on being a great senator (as Teddy Kennedy has done) and know that she has paved the way for (another) woman to be President – once President Obama has served his two terms!!!

    August 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. anonymous

    what a jerk

    August 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. bring on the debates

    ...dude, what???

    August 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Anna Darden

    I stopped watching the Democratoc cenvention on CNN. Iam an independent and have a open mind about the candidates however your coverage is mostly about the Republicans when it should be about this convention. Also there is so much negativity from the commentators. Iam disappointed in the coverage so I just listen to the radio and read the papers. What will you talk about next week!!!! McCain is getting all of this free time with the ads that you all keep repeating over and over again...It is boring!!!!!!!1

    d

    August 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Reality Check

    Have any of you fools who keep slamming Bill Clinton actually LOOKED at the polls? McCain is beating Obama hands down and it's only August!!! Even Kerry was up by double digits by now. Hillary polled 6 pts higher than Obama last week and she's suspended her campaign for TWO MONTHS. Bill's point (and he's right) is that Obama CANNOT WIN THE GENERAL. He cannot pull in the center. He doesn't have the experience or record to show he can get things done. YOU PEOPLE will be the ones held responsible for throwing away the biggest cakewalk election in Democratic history by allowing the media and the DNC to throw democracy out the window in order to select an unelectable candidate. We will never forgive you or this party!

    August 26, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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