September 13th, 2010
09:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Bill Clinton featured in 11th hour robocall for Rangel

 Former President Bill Clinton has recorded a robocall that’s going out Monday night in New York Rep. Charlie Rangel’s congressional district.
Former President Bill Clinton has recorded a robocall that’s going out Monday night in New York Rep. Charlie Rangel’s congressional district.

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton has recorded an 11th hour robocall for 20-term New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, who is facing five Democratic challengers in a primary race Tuesday.

The last-minute robocall underscores the fact that Rangel is facing in the toughest bid for re-election in his 40-year political career.

On the one-minute call, which is going out Monday night to homes in Rangel's New York City district, Clinton touts Rangel's legislative achievements and the work he's done with the congressman.

"We worked together to create jobs, to turn a persistent deficit into a surplus, and he authored the historic Empowerment Zone legislation," Clinton says.

Listen to the robocall, after the jump:

"And of course when I left office, Charlie helped me find an office in Harlem for my foundation's work," the former president adds.

Clinton's call:


Rangel has come under fire for alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress, according to the ethics complaint. He has vowed to fight the charges and holds a significant cash advantage over his Democratic opponents.

–CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Charlie Rangel
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. the real ib

    Rangel should be kicked out of congress not re-elected. If he was a conservative he would already be gone. This is such a joke. Hyprocrites.

    September 13, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. jim

    Both of these individuals certainly are missing a code of ethics in their lives.So i guess birds of a feather will flock together.But i believe New Yorkers are like voters in California and will put any liberal in office as long as they are given enough freebies.

    September 13, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. barry

    Very sad to see President Clinton support Charlie Rangel. If Charlie Rangel was a ordinary citizen he would have faced jail time and a fine. Nancy still has her swamp rats and very sad to see President Clinton support this. You would expect this type of behavior from President Obama or President Carter but not one of our exceptional Presidents like President Clinton. Very Sad.

    September 13, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason

    Robocalls ought to be regulated like telemarketing and SPAM. For any purpose or any candidate.

    The 1st amendment guarantees the right to free speech, and any candidate who call me on the phone to talk one-on-one is excercising that right. But robo-calling is a one-to-many form of speech, and falls more into the category of telemarketing. Other one-to-many forms of advertising and lobbying are regulated (the city says you can only have so large a sign in your front yard, or the FCC says you can only use such-and-such language in a radio ad).

    If such a thing as a do-not-call list exists, then robocalls should also be regulated in the same way.

    September 13, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. floridian

    "And we are brothers - I got off for numerous crimes and so will he", quote the raven. What a crock! What a crook! Both 'em.

    September 13, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. The reality is...

    "Rangel has come under fire for alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress, according to the ethics complaint."

    These immoral crooks stand together, of course. It would hardly surprise me if a liberal, Democratic candidate committed mass murder and still received support from their faithful cronies. Wait....they pretty much all do support abortion. Wake up, America!!!

    September 13, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. bfranklin

    In a related story,,,,Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson also endorsed Rangel.

    Disgraced politicians should never be returned to power....or giving anyone advice on who to vote for.

    Go back to New York Slick Wilwinsky.

    September 13, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Jason

    Charlie Rangel is a deceitful crook and doesn't deserve a job in public service. ANY elected official - especially a congressman - should know better than to use his position of authority to line his own pockets. Makes me sick. If you want to steal from the taxpayers go get a job at Goldman Sachs.

    September 13, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. HorkusMac

    Not a very credible move for Bill to make.

    September 13, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Keith in Austin

    Clinton is stooping as low as ever defending this crook! The sad thing is that he'll probably get re-elected by his mostly-Black constituants and then go to jail! Harlem nights in the pokey for good old Charlie!

    September 13, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. George

    Robocalls are a cancer. It doesn't matter what party the robocall is made for. ALWAYS vote against a robocaller.

    September 14, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  12. Snow

    Oh yes, the cigar guy stands up for one of the most corrupt of DC elites.

    September 14, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |