September 3rd, 2010
08:57 AM ET
4 years ago

Bill Clinton back on the campaign trail

 Former President Bill Clinton will campaign in New York on Friday with Rep. Mike McMahon.
Former President Bill Clinton will campaign in New York on Friday with Rep. Mike McMahon.

(CNN) - A Democratic congressman from New York City who could face a competitive road to re-election this autumn is calling in a big gun.

And that big gun is former President Bill Clinton, who teams up at a campaign rally Friday morning with freshman Rep. Mike McMahon of New York's 13th congressional district.

The district covers Staten Island and a small portion of southwest Brooklyn, and is considered the most conservative in New York City. John McCain won the district by two points in the 2008 presidential election and George W. Bush carried it by 10 points in his 2004 re-election.

The district was held for a dozen years by Republican Rep. Vito Fossella, who decided against running for re-election two years ago after an extra-marital affair and a child out of wedlock were exposed following a drunk driving arrest.

The seat is considered the best chance of a GOP pickup in New York City. Of the top two non-partisan handicappers, the Cook Political Report rates the race as "lean Democrat" and the Rothenberg Political Report calls it "favored" for the Democrat.

McMahon, who voted against his party and the White House on health care reform, will face the winner of a two-candidate field in the September 14 GOP primary for the district.

Clinton teams up with McMahon at Wanger College. The former president is back on the campaign trail again next week, in his native Arkansas, when he's scheduled to appear at events for incumbent Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln and congressional candidate Chad Causey.

Clinton's become a "go to guy" this election cycle, helping out Democrats facing difficult contests. Last month he campaigned with Rep. Kendrick Meek in the days before Meek fended off a serious primary challenge for Florida's Democratic Senate nomination.

Earlier this year, Clinton was in Arkansas to help Lincoln win a bruising primary runoff election against the state's lieutenant governor. Lincoln now faces a very tough re-election battle in November against Republican Rep. John Boozman.

Clinton will also hit the campaign trail in June, when he teamed up with Mark Critz, the Democratic candidate in the special election to fill the late Democratic Rep. John Murtha's Pennsylvania seat. Critz ended up defeating Republican candidate Tim Burns.

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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Mike McMahon • New York
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    Doesn't this guy ever go away? Let's see, deregulation of banking and finance that ultimately assisted in breaking us, the philosophy that everyone should own a home, Greenspan derivatives of mortgages, sales of computer technology to China, sexual misconduct as the CEO of our Nation, a balanced budget that led to the 9/11 attacks, propping up the Muslims in Bosnia, and the sheep just keep eating his garbage...

    Follow the money trail.

    September 3, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. gt

    when is he going to south carolina to campain for green ?

    September 3, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Too bad Bill campaigned for Blance Lincoln, we could have been rid of her!

    September 3, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Nothing scares the GOP/conservatives like this man helping the Dems with their constant messaging problems...well, maybe demographic studies showing that "white" won't be a majority within the next couple decades, but that's about it.

    Ramble on "my friends," ramble on.

    September 3, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Sarah McCarthy

    This clown sold my job to an India native ,and George Bush sold my next job to communist.Two nice guys?

    September 3, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. carlos

    And Rep. Mike McMahon will win it this time by a larger %, vote for any republican and:

    LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, PRAY and DANCE like tomorrow is not guaranteed

    September 3, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. bill

    if anyone can bring voters out.its slick willie.he wouldent have put up with g.o..p.lies and just say no

    September 3, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. jim

    With Hillary heading up the ticket in 2012,Bill wants to make sure she has some help in cleaning up Obama's mess.

    September 3, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |