September 20th, 2010
01:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Wolf's pick for Monday: Clinton still delivers votes

From Wolf Blitzer, Anchor of CNN's "The Situation Room"

Washington (CNN) - It's amazing how formidable Bill Clinton remains. He's very much a political force in the country. He will be deeply involved in helping Democrats in the weeks leading up to the November 2 elections.

Clinton can certainly raise money for candidates but, more importantly, he can help deliver votes. I think it's fair to say many - not all, but many - Democrats in deep trouble right now would welcome some help from him. They might even prefer him over President Obama in their districts.

I've been thinking about him because I will be in New York Tuesday at his Clinton Global Initiative to interview him. It will be my third interview with him this year. I spent some time with him in Washington on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and, more recently, at the Fortune-Time-CNN Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.

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As CNN's senior White House correspondent during his presidency, I spent a lot of time covering him. For a journalist, it was a great story. He packed so much into those years, and I had a front-row seat. And in the years since, he really hasn't slowed down – whether in Haiti, Indonesia or Rwanda. He remains a global force – thanks to his Clinton Global Initiative.

He's recently lost nearly 30 pounds and his daughter got married. His wife is the secretary of state. I have lots of questions for him, but would be happy to hear what you would ask him.

The interview will air Tuesday in "The Situation Room" from 5 to 7 p.m. ET.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Stephen

    President Clinton makes me sad about term limits.

    September 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Marija

    President Clinton,
    What do you think Democrats have been doing wrong since President Obama has been elected? Why can't Democrats present a united front? What advice would you give President Obama?

    September 20, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Tom

    Nothing against President Obama, I am still pulling for him. But I think Bill Clinto was the best President we've had since Kennedy. nobody even comes close. I'd feel comfortable with him, back in as President!

    September 20, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Kelly

    Greetings,
    Please ask the President how can I speak to my friends who are dissatisfied with the Obama administration. I educate myself to the intricacies of political process yet even when presented with details of this process an emotional response guides their decisions.

    Thank you

    September 20, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Kristy Zelewsky

    I would love to know what President Clinton's thoughts on Campaign Finance Reform his views on the latest SCOTUS ruling allowing Corporations to give more money to political campaigns.

    September 20, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    What's the Democrat's plan to reach out to the millions of registered Democratic voter's who have lost their homes as a result of the economic downturn? How can we get them to the Polls? Where are they? Please please PLEASE ask President Clinton these questions. Thank you.

    September 20, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. jim

    I'd ask President Clinton why he feels that Democrats or any other politicians for that matter, can't address the angst that populist voters have about runaway government spending and other matters such as an elitist political culture? It seems to me that whatever you feel about the methods of the tea party they do have some legitimate concerns that can't just be put aside as a bunch of radical right nuts–even though some may be. This seems like a good opportunity to reframe the political discussion if someone would show some leadership and backbone.

    September 20, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Brenda

    Ask him when hes gonna be our president again! Hes well rounded and very involved, never made us feel alone.

    September 20, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Dr Jeffrey Thompson

    Is there any way possible to end the power control of our country from special interest groups and big corporations and return our representatives to a place where their main concern is the welfare of our nation and its people and not purely re-election and personal gain?

    September 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Dexter

    Still our best modern president – ok, so he 'did' some things with an intern – no one dies, lost a house or lost a job (even her!) over it.

    Newt has an affair WHILE BASHING Clinton, and tries to impeach him – go figure – maybe a conflict of interest?

    Let Clinton run again!

    September 20, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Tom Nunnery

    The tea party is the cinderella story of 2010--that all comes crashing down soon.

    September 20, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. curious steve, boston, ma

    billyboy is trying to prove just that:

    he's still the go-to man for the global neo-lib fascists to hire for sales pitch, i mean next-to-impossible con job at the stage of the game.

    September 20, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Tom Nunnery

    What I meant to say was that the tea party is just like a fairy tale.

    September 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    I would love to hear Mr. Clinton's views on one particular issue. The President and the Congressional Democrats have certainly demonstrated a readiness to compromise. Under the threat from the Tea Partiers, all Republicans seem to be totally opposed to that. What are the implications for either party to govern without a veto proof majority in the absence of compromise?

    September 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. csh

    Bill Clinton= Best President EVER!

    September 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. A True Centrist

    Mr. Blitzer, your love for the man is obviously skewing your journalistic integrity.

    "more importantly, he can help deliver votes"...really? Where's the proof for this? If he couldn't help elect his candidate in the Democratic primary in Colorado, why is it that you think he can pick up votes in a general election? I think he did a good job as President but he was a polarizing politician and if anything, would have less impact on a general election than the primary.

    This is typical of the media today...Blitzer shows his bias here, clearly unprofessional and juvenile.

    September 20, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Mike

    How were you able to increase government revenue during the Clinton administration to reduce the debt? How can we accomplish this now? How do we overcome the resistance to higher government revenue when voters expect so much service from their government? How do we educate voters to recognize that extending US global military power is not always the best course and has its economic consequences? Another way: Why is it voters do not recognize the trade-off between "guns and butter" and that the strongest weapon is a vigorous economy and not projecting force.

    September 20, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Nothing scares and angers Republicans like Bill Clinton weighing in on the current political discourse...well, except maybe a black Democrat becoming POTUS...or "white" losing majority in a couple decades...or muslims...or brown people in general...or non-christians in general...or corporate America threatening to implode our economy as revenge for taxing and regulating them as they should be...or conceptual frameworks that they don't have the slightest understanding of like socialism or communism or egalitarianism...or, well, anything, including puppets, clowns, foreign people and other boogeymen.

    September 20, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I would vote for bill clinton again!

    September 20, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Susan Mahr

    What I would like to ask President Clinton is that would he run for the white house again if the chance was given for a third tirm? And as a comment, I think he was by far the best President the United States ever had. Life was good in the Clinton years. I (we) miss him a great deal. Hope he will take care of his health so we can have him around for many more years to come.
    Thank you.

    September 20, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. ehwilson429

    wolfie remains an incredibly dumb dwarf.
    Obama delivers 53% of the vote.
    Wolfie's cuz Will never received a majority.

    WOLFIE PLEASE RETIRE!

    September 20, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Tom Nunnery

    President Clinton is indeed the best modern day president.

    September 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. vic, Nashville TN

    Obama administration doing a great job but they couldn’t market it Will Bill Clinton help them ?

    September 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Richard M. Hills

    President Clinton,

    Now that you've made your place in history as a successful 2-term President, will you put the past behind you and work hard to help re-elect Jerry Brown Governor of California? Your force of personality and beloved persona would certainly help offset Meg's millions and get folks out to vote. With its mammoth deficit, institutional dysfunction and crumbling infrastructure, California needs Jerry back in charge, now more than ever!

    Thank you, Rick Hills

    September 20, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Moderate Sean

    Put aside for a moment some of his personal failings...but, whether or not you like or dislike the Ex-President, he knows how to entergize an audience or his base like no other. His ability to communicate is second to none!

    September 20, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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