October 26th, 2008
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CNN confirms: Bill Clinton to campaign with Obama


Sen. Obama and former President Clinton greet supporters in Harlem after their September meeting. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) – In yet another sign that Democrats are putting the contentious and hard-fought primary season behind them, former President Bill Clinton will campaign with Sen. Barack Obama for the first time in Florida on Wednesday, according to Matt McKenna of the Clinton Foundation.

Sen. Hillary Clinton will not attend the event but did recently campaign with Obama in Florida, a crucial battleground state that CNN currently considers a toss-up.

The Clintons also recently campaigned together with Sen. Joe Biden and Biden’s wife, Jill, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where both Joe Biden and Sen. Clinton have roots.

Obama met personally with former President Clinton in September at Clinton’s Harlem offices. Then, Clinton predicted that Obama would win in November “pretty handily.”

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soundoff (453 Responses)
  1. independent voting

    I voted for Obama 26 times. Thanks ACORN.

    October 25, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Max Pargament

    Jeez its about time the clintons fully backed obama (or did they?). Clinton needs to be yelling at her supporters who are now voting mccain that they are idiots. These idiotic voters, including the clintons, and sometimes biden, in the words of my hero "they need to be reminded that, HEY...YOU'RE ON THE BLUE TEAM"-Bill Maher

    October 25, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Janet American Abroad

    Get out and VOTE! American Abroad we have sent in our absentee vote over a month ago!
    Yes, we can and Yes we will! The Clinton's are the right stuff!

    October 25, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Tomkat in Seattle

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Amy, NY

    Hillary and Bill like Obama and I like eating elephant dung.

    October 25, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Real Joe

    DOH ! Double trouble for McBush n Moose Bush.

    October 25, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Lyndon,CA

    Hop on Bama Express Bubba!

    October 25, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. kristin

    When people see Clinton up there they will be reminded how well they were doing financially when he was president. I know we were doing better- not to mention the surplus he left BUSHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh

    October 25, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Barbara

    Bill is merely coming to terms that Sen. Obama will win; Sen. Obama does not need him and I hope he will merely be polite and not use Bill in any significant position.

    October 25, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. philip

    It's about time but he is a day late and a dollar short. Senator Obama has done this on his own without any help from Bill Clinton. Talk about being full of oneself. I am a lifelong democrat from a long heritage of democrats who voted for Clinton. Mr. Clinton get over yourself.

    October 25, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Aaron from Ohio

    While they might not be the best of friends, they are also not the worst of enemies. The rancor of the primaries has been put aside and both Bill and Hillary have been working to get Obama elected. The democratic party is unified. The McCain campaign is in chaos. Sarah has gone rogue and is clearly looking out for herself and a future run for the Presidency. Palin is looking forward to 2012. This is great news for the democrats. Sarah is a terrible candidate with a huge downside. A Palin run in four years makes Barack a shoe-in for re-election. Sarah is the republican party at it's worst. Not only does her party run without ideas, they are a party that is against the very idea of ideas. All bluster and the politics of division.

    October 25, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Joe

    Obama's has learned all Clinton's lying tickets!

    Go McCain!

    October 25, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Dee

    When Bill is "on" there's nobody better. I hope he goes the whole 9 yards to help Obama. I want a landslide 🙂

    October 25, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. leon pa


    October 25, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. women 4 Obama

    WOW this is gteat. Thank you president Clinton.


    Democrats for senate,08

    October 25, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Wise White Guy

    I had problems with Bill Clinton when he was running for President. I just didn't trust him and therefore i did not vote for him. I was partially right but what i did learn is that while he was not the most honest man in history when it came to campaigning he did have good interest at heart. He did things i didn't like but he did them at least for the right reasons. He and his wife Hillary have always put the interests of the little guy very high on their priority lists. Bill did wonders for our economy and much of the economic philosophies are apparent in the Obama plan. Barack has an even more complex, well thought out plan to bring the economy back even faster than Bill did. We also heard the same things back then that the bottom up economics would destroy our economy and they were lies then and they are lies now. Oh how the Republicans like to lie to scare the average Joe. I think people are not being fooled so easily this time.

    October 25, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Thebe

    What a team! What a Democratic team! What a winning Obama election!

    Meanwhile . . . back at the ranch, Palin is telling Iowans that under Obama, the government will make people share their money, their property, their investments. lololol

    Sounds like Sarah is channeling that AIP philosophy–as in Alaska Independence Party–that is her brotherhood and of which her husband Todd is a member. Can you say "fringe element"?

    October 25, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. leon pa


    October 25, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Sarah P

    This is a powerful picture "The Best Presidents of the Modern World"

    October 25, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Independant for Obama

    Thanks Bill ! Time for those 18 million Billary supporters to step up and help their country

    October 25, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Leslie

    They sure did take their sweet time didn't they.

    October 25, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. MonksBlues

    Bill's support can't hurt but Obama doesn't really need Bill or Hillary at this point since he has already locked up the election by running a superb campaign against the feeble, mean spirited, and chaotic efforts of the McCain camp. Let's not forget the dirty tactics that the Hillary campaign used and the republicans picked up on later. The Clintons can read the writing on the wall and don't want to be left behind in the coming Democratic Tsunami.

    October 25, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. George O

    It will be great to have both Clinton and Obama campaign together. It will show this country that both intelligent guys who succeeded and will succeed the Bushes and put this country in their natural standing in the world will do it again. What we need is someone who will make an intelligent decision not someone who will turn the "White House" to "WWF" house. Being in the military on being in Washington for a long time does not necessarily show leadership or experience to lead. McCain has shown that he is not a leader. A man who could not run his family cannot run this country. McCain, I love your military background but be honest to yourself and this country. McCain, you will not be a good leader that his world seriously need neither is Palin who could not control her family be ready to run this country.

    October 25, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |

    Everyone seems to forget that the election is on November 4th. There is no match point yet.

    October 25, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. jwr53

    The enmity between Obama and the Clintons has been a figment of the media's imagination ever since the end of the primaries. Get over it, already; the candidates did, months ago.

    October 25, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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