July 15th, 2010
01:38 PM ET
4 years ago

How much can Bill Clinton help Democrats?

How much can Bill Clinton help Democrats?
How much can Bill Clinton help Democrats?

Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton, the man once described as the "comeback kid" during his 1992 presidential bid, has now become something of a go-to guy for Democratic candidates facing a tough election battle.

Economic woes and fears over the rising national debt have weighed heavily on voters - especially independents, who are leaning more toward Republicans than Democrats, according to recent polls.

The Obama administration is now putting together an aggressive schedule to deploy Clinton to campaign appearances and fundraising events in key states around the country, Democratic officials familiar with the plans told CNN.

Analysts told CNN that while Clinton's appearances will be helpful, there are some downsides.

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  1. Eric

    "How much can Bill Clinton help Democrats?"

    He can help them get their fat-girl thongin' groove on!

    You go, Wild Bill! Cigars to all!

    I'm a conservative who'd love to go out on a drinking binge with Wild Bill! (just stay away from my daughter)

    July 15, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. appearances will be helpful

    he is smart, but VERY careless and thinks he is way smarter than the rest of us

    be careful with the former Pres

    July 15, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. John , NC

    Will Monica accompany him?

    July 15, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Can he help? YES
    With no personal agenda, he can be a voice of reason- not always the answer you want but the one we need to hear.
    Forget his perosnal life, the man has a brilliant mind.

    July 15, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Dar

    And who's paying for this? Any one want to guess? Hellooooooo

    July 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. U.S. Common Sense

    Any positive "bump" he can bring to the Dems will be help enough. They are so far in the basement right now that it is looking like 1994 all over again (something Clinton knows a lot about).

    July 15, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. no dems

    Hopefully he can't help them. We want the democrats out of power. The last 4 years have shown the damage they can do. And Obama, Pelosi and Reid are still trying to regulate/mandate the US economy into oblivion.

    July 15, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    The Democratic incumbents created their own problems by giving full blind support to the failed efforts of Obama, Pelosi and Reid. American voters saw that, know where it got us and would rather see progress than just unrestrained spending with nothing to show for it. Enough is enough.

    July 15, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Augsbee

    Clinton has to rescue, promote them, convince people to reelect them???? How ridiculous is that??? it only shows us that they haven't been doing their job, they haven't earned people's vote, trust, so what's the point of electing them again???? After this bad move I can see why independents are leaning towards Republicans.

    July 15, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. jp,michigan

    The nerve of Obama using Clinton to now help him and the Democratic Party, when the Obama, Chicago gang labelled Clinton as Racist and the Democratic Party more or less turned their backs on Hillary Clinton. The Democratic Party , NAACP and other wanted a African- American badly in the Oval Office and end up putting some in there that was not experienced enough to govern. Hillary is more popular, experienced and seasoned to be President, so let the sword fall on those who thought the had the most power and was proved wrong. Let chips fall where they may, Obama and the Democratic Party need to pay for their incompetencies.

    July 15, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Obozo's Recod Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Not much.

    This old fart just wants to try and stay in the lime light. Go away, retire, be quiet. You are irrelevant.

    So spend more time with MONICA

    July 15, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Pkm

    Go get them bill you are the dem party hillhary for president bill for sect of state

    July 15, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. thor

    So the man that looked everyone in the face and said to us that he did not have sex with that women is now going to ask us to have faith in the candidates that he supports. To pull us out of this financial mess this country is in. Many of those people that are in office and are the ones that are responsible for these problems.

    July 15, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Ken

    I think Obama himself can stand to take some advice from Clinton. I am afraid that if Obama can't turn economy around he's gonna lose my vote come 2012

    July 15, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Jeff Spangler

    He's a net negative who will remind voters of a time when Democrats were centrists with some real executive experience and surrounded themselves with peole who could govern as well as win campaigns. The contrast is stark and the comparison is bad for the bumbling Obama staff and Cabinet. Go marry off your ugly daughter and help the hopeless Haitians because you are too good for Obama.

    July 15, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Fred Riek

    I am an Independent and have been for over 20 years. I was a Democrat a long time ago but left the Party because of their inability at times to get their agenda accomplished. But, I am very impressed with President Obama and his team's ability to get things done. As for Independents going Republican, I can't imagine that happening. It was the Republicans that got us into this economic mess and military messes. It is the Republicans who choose to sit on the side lines and not help us get out of the messes they created. Voting no to deny Obama any successes hasn't worked for America nor should it work for the Republicans this Fall. Then there is the Tea Party. These angry loons who aren't happy that Obama is in the White House for a variety of reasons, some racist, but mostly just stupid. Their actions turn most Independents I know away from them and their clossness with the Republican Party. Many Independents are students of politics and are keenly aware of the divide and conquer routine of the Republicans. The "Let us define the issues to our advantage" Party. The Party of the Wealthy and those that are easily duped. No, Independents are too smart to elect Republicans this go around. And, Bush is too recent a memory to be forgotten come this November. And, of course, there was also Chaney, Rumsfeld, Rove and Wolfowitz. And who can forget, try as we might, the idiot from Alaska.

    July 15, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. rob

    Remember the campaign slogan "Its the economy stupid"? Its kind of ironic, back in the campaign of 1992 the Clinton people made the FALSE claim that they were in the "Worst economy since the great depression". Now we really are in the worst economy since the depression and though President Obama did inherit a bad situation, he and the Dems in congress have done nothing but make it worse. With the new govt run programs, huge new taxes on the horizon, 9.5% unemployment and huge deficits they are pushing us towards a double dip recession or worse. The polls show that the policies and programs passed by the Dems are not favored by the American people and the Dems running for re-election don't even want to talk about them.

    We need a CHANGE from all this CHANGE. Nov. 2, 2010 can't come fast enough.

    July 15, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Stacey

    The Dems don't need Clinton. The GObP is helping the Dems out just fine with the help of Rush Limpbone, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Glen Beck, and the tea baggers.

    I can't believe the majority of Americans who vote would vote for the party that got us in this mess in the first place, who defend and try their best to protect big oil companies, who don't and won't extend unemployment benefits , who only want tax breaks for the rich and who don't care if people without healthcare don't get it and a host of other things.

    July 15, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    More than you can imagine – Yes he can!!

    July 15, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Bill could help but I beleave deep down there's still some bad feelings from the last elections .

    July 15, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. roro

    Bill Clinton can help the Dems immensely. If you remember, like I do, he's the President who left this country with NO DEFICIT. It was the Bush administration that drove us into the ground, and almost over the cliff. The Obama administration took us back from the abyss. Now those same Republicans want us to put them back into power!! Are they kidding?

    July 15, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Julia- Idaho Native American

    CNN you constantly report on Sarah Nit-wit Palin, but you don't report on a real hero that just died. Bill Clinton was the president that awarded him the Medal of Honor. This man was a real hero, you need to read more about his life. Yes, President Clinton you got this one right, and Yes You Can help the Party of All the People, a lot. Thank you again.

    "Vernon Baker, the only living black World War II veteran to receive the Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest commendation for battlefield valor – died at his home south of St. Maries, Idaho, Tuesday. He was 90." Ref. Spokesman Review, Spokane, Wasington

    July 15, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Midwest

    Not that any of the Democratic Union Idiots can read or follow economic theory further than their next strike vote.

    From the Washington Post –
    Real personal income for Americans – excluding government payouts such as Social Security – has fallen by 6.2% since President Obama took office in January 2009, Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (GOA – Gov reporting standards)

    For comparison, real personal income during the first 15 months in office for President George W. Bush, who inherited a milder recession from his predecessor increased 12.7% during Mr. Bush's eight years in office.

    Are you Democrats betting that the "chosen one" can increase your real take home income 18.9% in the next ____ years?

    I've got news for you "sheep" (I'm a CPA with degrees in both Accounting and Economics), using the best growth years, the US will not recover the jobs/industry sent over seas EVER – or at least until the mid 2030's which is as far as I was able to run my prejections/caculations, even into the 2020's the data becomes speculation.

    "This is hardly surprising," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an economist and former director of the Congressional Budget Office. "Under President Obama, only federal spending is going up; jobs, business startups, and incomes are all significantly down.

    "Politicians in DC from either aisle cannot spend the US into prosperity, it takes work from the private sector"

    July 15, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    This lying, corrupt clown fits right in with the current adminstration and the liberals in Congress. No class, no dignity, scummy dirty, corrupt career politician.

    July 15, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. one voice

    He can explain how the GOP votes for the failed policies of the Bush/Cheney Resime turned his surplus into a huge debt.

    July 15, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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