October 26th, 2008
08:25 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN confirms: Bill Clinton to campaign with Obama

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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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  1. Cherie

    Clinton never did want Hillary as prez, of course he will help someone like Obama then Hillary can't run in 2012 if Obama is prez. WTG Bill LOL

    October 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    GO OBAMA! GO BILL! VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN! GO FLORIDA! VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. irony

    I wonder how many of the Republicans who are posting on here as Hillary supporters for Mccain will be even more frustrated by the unity in the Democratic Party? President Clinton's sage advice to Barack shortly after the Republican convention when palin was "tapped" seems was invaluable. It really helped Barack to stem the flow and turned the tide back in Obama's favor. Thank you President Clinton. Go Obama and Biden.

    October 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Sharon

    I hope the media does not call the election early. People in the west have important proposition to vote. It presented a problem in 19080 Carter vs Reagan. When the race was called early, people out west did not vote.

    October 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Open Your 3rd Eye

    I live in Tampa and hope it will be a very inspiring, memorable moment. My beautiful state of Florida will indeed make the right choice this time. The Whitehouse is yours Barack, as you have more than earned it.

    WE = ARE = ONE = NATION

    October 25, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Sarita

    Victory for Obama Are next President of the United State
    my Vote is for Barack Obama I never been so excited to vote like I'm this year!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. michael in MO

    The Clintons are doing what they have to do. Politics is their career/bread and butter. Like any of us, they must get up everyday and work with these people – good and bad. However, those of us who oppose and protest the stealing of yet another election – this time by our own party leaders, do not have to fall in step. If you don't think we see how this Manchurian candidate was propped up for history's sake at the expense of the most qualified leader the DNC has seen since the days of Bill Clinton, think again. Yep, another "Bitter, Racist, Fill-in-the Blank" former Dem for McCain-Palin. Hillary '12.

    October 25, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. George Bush

    Why didn't I ever look this smart?

    October 25, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Terry B

    USA Money reports Democrats and Republicans Net worth difference is only $5 Million dollars.

    If we could only be so lucky.

    Let's check the numbers:

    Bill and Hillary Clinton from $36 Million Dollars since leaving the White House to $362 Million

    Barack Michelle Obama $10 Million Dollars

    John McCain $25 Million Dollars

    Joe Biden $500,000 Dollars

    Sara Palin $340,000 Dollars

    By all accounts only 2 of the candidates can basically relate to the American People.

    One was in it for the money.

    October 25, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    Yes, please help Sir Obama win! The DONKEYS must win this election to JUMPSTART the economy and create new jobs!!!!

    Please we hav had PEANUTS for eight years,it's time to change the diet. Stop rewarding GREEDY ELEPHANTS with more peanuts.

    Learn from farming. Every now and then, you have to leave the land alone or PLANT other crops, so the soil can rejuvenate.

    Time for DONKEYS... STOP PLANTING ELEPHANTS..

    October 25, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Terry B

    Apparently still is......

    October 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. JJ in NY

    Geez, Bill..... What took you so long? Private meeting with a staffer ?

    October 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Tim

    It should mean a lot for voters to see that Obama and the Democrats can reach back to Clinton to come out and support their philosophy and the Republicans had to pick a so-called maverick and then dodge any support from Bush.

    More and more the Republicans look like a train wreck with a broken platform and I think this country needs to strong parties so, Republicans how about starting to re-brand your party starting now until the election regardless of the result, you are one more election cycle closer to recovery.

    We have to remove the neo cons and their attack win at all costs strategy and bring back the intelligent and thoughtful debate on economy and national defense. I for one am hopeful we don't see Sarah Palin or any of the George W. Bush style candidates. Start with your Governor of Louisiana and build from there.

    I hope the culture wars are over, but I know the right wing will plot to bring back Palin so it's up to the moderates to save the party.

    Bill Clinton is a moderate and hopefully Obama learns from him on middle of the road policies and doesn't look to Pelosi. By the way, Democrats will have a short 4 years in power if they go the Pelosi and Reed style of government, Obama will have his hands full and I would like to see a veto or something to send the message when these big spending bills start showing up to let everyone know he will use his brain and not the platform to govern.

    October 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. wezl

    While it appears that they have kissed and made up...im sure its just to set Hillary up for a position in the Obamas cabinet...all to ensure that she will then be more qualified to run for the Presidency next time around....I think Bill is capable of swallowing anything to ensure they have a future in politics...however...thier faces tell the real story...there is still no love lost on these three.

    October 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Glad Bill is letting bygones be...

    October 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. pam Eugene OR

    We know you are still pouting Bill but it the right thing to do. If Hillary ever wants to hold national office be nice and play ball.
    This is not the time for personal politics.
    Obama/Biden 08
    Obama/? 12

    October 25, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Joe68

    Unity!!
    Obama Biden 08'!!

    October 25, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. mary, colorado springs co

    Bill Clinton's help with the Democratic compaign will put the plug in the jug for winning the election. McCain will never, NEVER be the politician Bill Clinton is, nor will he ever be president of the USA. He just doesn't have what it takes.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012

    October 25, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. Suzie

    Righteous! I love Bill and think he has alot of advice to offer for the economy.

    October 25, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. dennis from AKRON

    10 25 08 BERG VS OBAMA AND THE DNC , A COMPL;AINT AS OF THIS DATE IS BEING FILED WITH THE SUPREME COURT CONCERNING O BAMA'S NATURAL BORN STATUS.......CHECK IT OUT OBAMACRIMES.COM GET THE FUL L FACTS THERE/

    October 25, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. robert

    good for bill and hillary go U,S.A. just vote for best man 4 the job go Obama,

    October 25, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. ware

    Even without Bill Clinton Obama would be fine, but he is welcome to join this leaving train....

    October 25, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. Ricky

    Yes we can!!!

    October 25, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Frank

    What he is not going to wait till Nov.5th to start?

    October 25, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    It is about time!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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