November 10th, 2009
11:05 AM ET
5 years ago

Reid invited Clinton to Hill after consulting with WH

Two sources tell CNN that the idea for having former President Bill Clinton talk with Democratic senators about health care came from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Two sources tell CNN that the idea for having former President Bill Clinton talk with Democratic senators about health care came from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Washington (CNN) – Two sources tell CNN that the idea for having former President Bill Clinton talk with Democratic senators about health care came from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. A senior administration official says Reid asked Clinton to do it, and the White House had a role in helping to arrange it.

On Capitol Hill, a senior Democratic leadership aide confirms to CNN that Reid invited the former president after discussing the idea with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who worked in the Clinton White House. The leadership aide says Clinton is expected to discuss "what's at stake - the historic moment" and to call on Democrats to "finish the job."


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Harry Reid
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. julie in atlanta

    If anybody can help the dems across the finish line, it's BC......GO BIG DOG GO!!!!

    November 10, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Dave

    This is just a disaster then. That's what it will be.

    November 10, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Willy Brown

    One loser looking to hear from another loser speaking to the losers in 2010 and 2012. Nice.....

    November 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Chris D.

    Excellent!!!!! These DEMS in congress need a huge pep talk....they need to know what the majority of people in America want, and desire.

    November 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. WI Vet

    This is one superpowered game of chess here

    November 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. John D.

    Both are as two-face as you get. Clinton made as much a disgace of the WH as Obama is trying to do.Reid is just a spineless waste.

    November 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. DAVE

    maybe clinton can inform these democrats that the death panels exist.... they just classified it under a different name... it is a little provision in the bill classified as a community rating and for some odd reason his regime of media will not report on this little diddy..... maybe cnn should look into this and report the truth instead of telling just what pelozi and obama want hidden from the american people.....

    November 10, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. JEAN - ATL

    I'm for anything that might help these silly spineless senate dems to not blow this opportunity, as they usually end up doing. As a long-time voter, if they let the repubs cause them to blow this one, they will be blamed by their base, and they may all be voted out! I see where the repub rule has gotten us into the biggest mess that we have seen since the 30's, and with this current batch of uncivilized Greedy Old Party congress people, all we can look forward to is more intolerance and greed. This reform needs to be done now with a public option to stop the pharmaceutical and insurance companies from gouging us to death with high premiums and costs that we can barely keep up with now. Even with passage of the current proposed House bill, they have 3 more years to gouge us, and will make the sky the limit. I don't care what it costs they need to be stopped!

    November 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. realUSA

    liberal side with crook and lier and criminal

    November 10, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. smokey

    I think this is a great idea.. Who better than Pres Clinton to speak to the Democratic party, and hopefully convince them to put aside their political ideology at this time important and historical time , and do what is right for the American People..Like they say " all hands on deck " !

    November 10, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Jayden,FL

    Go get em' Mr President

    November 10, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Former President Bill Clinton is a Democrat and we expect him to support our President and not a Republican. Republicans go dig up GWB/Cheney for your support and stop complaining.

    November 10, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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