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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  1. Briana

    my favorite president and my future president

    Obama 08

    October 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Black Republican of New York for Obama-Biden

    Having eked out a nail-biting victory over Hillary Clinton and carved out his own political niche as his own man, Barack Obama is now in a position to command the respect of all Democrat Party leaders, inlcuding the Clintons.

    I know Americans want change in the direction the country is going, but even though none of us knows where exactly the country will go under Obama or John McCain, most Americans seem to have more confidence in the message from Obama's camp.

    If there is one major mistake that McCain made that turned lots of Independents off is his choice of Sarah Palin. Had he chosen Mitt Romney, I think the polls would have been reversed today.

    Is it too late to dump Palen?

    October 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. mike

    just check out barrack and bill posing for pictures and waving to the crowds. when u see such pics u smile and ur heart gladens. it gives joy to see good men and smart leaders pose together for picture. but when fools show up the reverse is the case. hate, anger, and unwanted.

    October 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Pedro Remedios

    I'm really happy that Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are campaigning with Obama! I have to admit that at first I didn't like Obama but after hearing the two candidates' proposals on various issues, I agree with Obama! I really hope that Obama wins! For Americans' sake and the world's sake!

    October 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Don MacArthur

    It is interesting that the genuinely intelligent people like Bill Clinton, a Rhodes Scholar, Colin Powell, a distinguished general and former secretary of state and Warren Buffet the smartest and most successful investor of all time all endorse Obama. I hope that Clinton can educate enough of the American people about socialism as it's practiced in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.
    In a nutshell -people pay taxes- usually the more they earn the more they pay. Taxes are used to provide services- roads,social security, postal service, education and the like that are available to all. That is what social democrats provide. Is that not the system in place now?
    Republican socialism is the other way around – the lower income folks kick in their taxes to bail out billionaire bankers.

    American cousins- please make the intelligent choice.

    Mac, your cousin from the great white north

    October 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Michele

    We'll see. It has been so painful for Clinton to even say Obama's name. And people wonder why Barack didn't pick Hillary.

    October 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. R/P

    Where have you been Bill?

    October 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Purple Alaska

    There are stark differences between both campaigns ~and it is great to see the Dems put forth a "united front"...unlike the divided McCane camp, that has blown out all tires on the "zig-zag" express...to the tune of $150,000 on their "rogue" (or is that vogue) VP Mominee.

    Hope or Hate. You decide.

    I choose REAL change.

    October 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. weneedstrongleadership

    McCain is confused again, when in Messila New Mexico he called Joe Biden, Joe the Biden. He's been running his mouth to much about joe the plumber that he can't tell them apart anymore, sign of senility.....

    Out of touch, out of time and now out of his mind.

    October 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Say hello to our next Secretary of State, Fmr. President Bill Clinton!

    October 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Alecio_Cristiano from France (Paris Capital)

    Good news for the democrat and bad news for the GOP.

    Hope that American people will make a wise choice this time.

    October 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. scared citizen

    YEAH Im in Orlando I will be there!!

    October 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. no way, no how no mccain, no palin

    YES WE CAN! These two people know what we are feelin gnot like the elites on the other side: mcpalincindy

    OBAMA 08

    October 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. pat shearon

    And this is news how?

    LOL, what a waste of text.


    October 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Tolu, in Minneapolis

    A bit late to the party, Billy boy?

    October 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. marianna

    "We need all democrat senators we can get. "

    Vote Obama to remain one too.

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Hal Stephens

    So, Senator Obama will campaign with a man who has lied in court, had sex with an intern in the White House, brought shame to his wife, and disgraced the Office of President by his shenanigans. What a party those Democarts have!

    October 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. ObamaSupporter67

    Obama doesn't need the has-been Clintons. He's doing just fine on his own.....

    October 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Doug

    From various blogs I've seen and read I'm surprised that Bill Clinton would support Obama...the Clintons said they had some very serious dirt on Obama and planned to reveal it to the American People at one time. I'm still interested in knowing what that dirt comment is all about?

    In any event, Obama with hundreds of Millions of Dollars to push his run for the White House with advertising nearly 7 times that of McCain...if I were Obama I think I would have said no thanks to the Clintons..I don't really need your endorsement, as we have seen the Clintons don't do anything for anybody unless there is something in for them.

    October 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Wayne

    The Obama campaign has done a terrific job managing it's events. This is another example of how well thought out this campaign is. Bill Clinton in Florida with less than 2 weeks to go in a state they don't necessarily have to win to win the electoral college.

    October 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Stand For Change

    You already know it's over now!!

    October 25, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. ABG

    Good idea to bring in Bill Clinton to seal the deal in Florida.

    I only voted for Obama because the Clintons asked me to do it.

    October 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. bonix8

    The unity we need. Wake up people! This shows that we can work together for the better.

    October 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    This surely will put on the finsihin touches on the campaign. Way to go Bill. You two get it accross to the american people that we cannot take four years of Bush. And explain to the american people that all the attacking John ann Sarah are doing is not what the american people want to hear.

    October 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. Yea right!!

    I'm glad. The Clintons have proven their strength through much personal adversity. The country was in much better shape during Pres. Clinton's tenure. They are powerful democrats & will show unity among the democrats unlike the erratic republicans.

    October 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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