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. Robert From VA

    Awesome! The two first black presidents are teaming up. Maybe together they will be able to make up for the tens of thousands of minority voters that republicans have worked tirelessly to disenfranchise down there. In 2000 if you had a name that sounded remotely similar to a convected felon's name you were purged from the voter rolls.

    If that election had been fair, we wouldn't have had these 8 miserable years of one mismanaged catastrophe after another. I don't think the republicans can cheat enough to make a difference this year, but you can be sure they are going to try.

    October 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Lin lin

    Thank You president Clinton; I knew you would put your legacy and pride aside for the good of the American people. Thats the Bill we all love

    October 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. Commonwealth


    October 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Bring out Mariano Rivera aka Bill the Closer!

    October 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Michael Fisher


    one thing ive been worried about

    why does mccain think i am joe the plumber...im not joe the plumber

    me and him have nothing in common...i dont even relate witht he fake facts about him let aloen the real one

    October 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Ron from Baltimore

    In many, many fine ways, Barack Obama reminds me so much of Bill Clinton. That started with their early national-level speeches, years apart in time yet of the same keen intellect and heartfelt attitude toward the world order.

    What a great scene it will be to see the two on stage together; what a nightmare the very image must bring to McCain!

    Go Dems! Let's hope everyone stays behind these fine folks-for sure, the going will get rougher for a while.

    October 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. nelson

    judging by the Mccain/Palin's ticket's internal problems, Obama/Biden
    /Clinton ticket looks very to me. I don't see any big chinks in their armor and they should prevail. The awful negative adds have hurt them also and only time will tell how it "ends", but I suspect the GOP
    will self destruct after election and rightfully so.

    October 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Shirley

    Those Palin supporters, inside the campaign and out, said Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image — even as others in McCain's camp blame the pick of the relatively inexperienced Alaska governor, and her public performance, for McCain's decline.
    Do the Republican candidates EVER think that anything might be their problem ? Perhaps if they could focus on the problelms of this country instead of their OWN personal problems we might gain or accommplish something GOOD.

    October 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Unhappy Republican now for Obama

    Bill can read the polls just like you and me. He's running to catch the band wagon before it leaves him behind.

    October 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    It's about time Bill!


    Happy and excited early voter in Oregon for OBAMA!

    October 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Mike, FL

    Please post the cities in Florida, if possible. My family would love to see Clinton and Obama together.

    Obama/Biden '08
    Yes we can!

    October 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. bn

    Right on ebony and ivory stevie wonder is proud. get to the polls brothers and sisters dont let our dream sleep away.

    October 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. My Friends, let me tell you,

    Bill Clintons support for Nafta lost his old lady my support.

    October 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Republican for Obama

    Yes...enough with the little tiff. We loved Hillary also because she was a very strong candidate, but we are all on the same team and have the same views and that's what matters. Who actually executes those views in office is not as significant as the views/policies themselves. Nice to see all Americans are uniting for Obama, he's definitely a unifier!

    -Former Republican voter

    October 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. v.ananthan

    IT¨S so pathetic that OBAMA needs BUSH so badly that in every speech he has to connect McCain to BUSH and to tell the voters how bad last 8 years were....
    Bush has nothing to do with 9/11 but he has prevented new terrorist actions in american soil...and people should give Bush credit for that..

    October 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. sensico

    this is great, i wish i could goto the rally. They are so similar politically

    Listen: Joe McCain Makes 911 Call About TrafficRacist

    October 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Change we need.


    Go Obama/Biden '08.

    October 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Thomas


    October 25, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. nick

    Clinton is such an opportunist. Now that he and his wife realize Obama is on the cusp of victory, they are jumping on the bandwagon. It's too late for Bill and Hillary to rehabilitate their standing. An Obama administration should not give them the time of day.

    October 25, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. B

    With 10 days left the last thing McCain can afford is the press salivating for a couple of days over the Bill-Barack team campaigning together, not to mention that Bill, like few others, can really stick it to the failed Bush-McCain ideology in his speeches.

    Obama and his campaign continue to amaze me...wow! If he runs the country half as well as he has run his campaign America is about to experience some of its best years.

    October 25, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. No Country For Old Men

    McCain stated I’ve been tested, I’ve been tested!
    He is right; the Doctors have check and double check
    McCain’s head and found nothing in it!

    Obama & Biden '08

    October 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. nelda

    It took a Clinton to clean up after the elder Bush and now, its going to be Obama who is going to clean up after the W. Bush.

    Obama is a highly intelligent man who has and LIVES by his morals.
    Obama is going to be one of our finest and best US presidents we will ever witness in our lifetime.

    October 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Gene

    Pretty sad to say that Bill Clinton and Obama are more on the same page than McCain and Palin.

    Palin will not lose quietly.. just watch.. by the end of the election.. she'll be denouncing John McCain.

    October 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. George, spfld Ma

    Bill Clinton knows that Obama is the best choice. He is just as smooth as Bill. Bill was the first "Black" President but now is the time for a true Black man to be in the White house.

    October 25, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Smile

    Everything is coming together beautifully! It will be over soon.

    October 25, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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