WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton played political analyst Tuesday during a campaign appearance in Virginia for Democrat Creigh Deeds, who is trailing Republican Bob McDonnell according to recent polling.
"So are the polls right?" Clinton said during a rally in northern Virginia. "The answer is yes, no and maybe. Yes, the polls are an accurate measurement of the voter groups that they talk to in proportion to each other. So if on election day that profile shows up, you have to change minds."
"The 'no' answer is, that's not close to a profile of the people either who voted in the primary, which was an open primary, or in the general election of 2008."
"And the 'maybe' is the thing that matters," he said. "The maybe is you. The maybe is what you do in the two weeks, whether you're prepared to step into the breach."
Clinton urged the crowd to tell fellow Democrats that jobs, health care, energy, education and "sensible budgets" are all at stake on Election Day.
He offered his analysis Tuesday flanked by Deeds and longtime friend Terry McAuliffe, who also sought the Democratic nomination for governor. Clinton campaigned actively for McAuliffe in the primary earlier this year, a contest that he said taught him to "never underestimate" Deeds, who came from behind to pull out a victory in June.
Though Deeds has been criticized for running an underwhelming and negative campaign, Clinton told the audience: "I like the way he handled himself in the primary, and I like the way he's handling himself in the general election."