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. Diane

    If Clinton says to vote for this guy or this lady, I will. All the tea party has is money and no brain! Bush had 8 years to put us in this mess and you expect Obama to get us out in 2 years? Think People, Think!

    September 20, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Chad Diab

    Please ask him if he is going to run for presidency one more time?

    September 20, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Marie

    What advice would he give a young person (20's – 30's) who is considering a career in politics?

    September 20, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. SuperD

    Don't buy the Clinton bull.

    He's no different. All the Dems know how to do is grow govt with wasteful beuarcracy and spend. Gawd knows we've tried that for 2 straight years and looks what it's got us.

    Remember, he thought that Hillary Care was going to be a great idea, then he turned into a Republican to save his presidency. Obama is incapable of such logical thought.

    September 20, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Steve in Kent, WA

    Ah, the wisdom of a Republican controlled Congress with a Democrat for President. We need to get back to that ASAP. The current "spend / go" policy being carried out by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have put us on a "bullet train" to bankruptcy.

    September 20, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. BelliniMartini

    Sad, he can't be President again.

    I'd vote for him in a heartbeat. He by far is a better President than those that followed him.

    September 20, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. carlos

    An intelligent articulate former President who has outstanding communication skills..and the 'Tea Baggers?' Sarah Palin...enough said!!

    September 20, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Gold-digger in California

    Speak for YOURSELF Wolf. The absolute WORST times of my entire life were spent UNDER the Clinton administration. I can't think of very many happy times. I am STILL for our president and I wish you would stop degrading him. He is quite able to think and make decisions on his own. Bill Clinton did not have to face the racism or FIRST TIME in history moment our president is facing i.e., (tea party, threats of succession, Kenya comments and so on). While I thank our former president for his support, I think we should ALL keep in mind President Obama is our president now.

    September 20, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Joe D

    Mr. President, if had been elected to the same situation as the current President, what three things would you have done to turn the United States around and why?

    September 20, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Joe

    He could've achieved a lot more (kind of blown potential because he had so much talent), but after seeing Mr. Teleprompter and George W. before him, Clinton remains the last great public speaker we've had in quite a while. Maybe ask him how he sharpened his speech giving skills.

    September 20, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Bhaskar Patel

    President Clinton is wonderfully gifted. He should avoid political issues and focus on CGI as well as economic development stuff.

    Please request him offer his suggestions for a better future of our nation & to respond to your questions without refering to his years in the WH or the 1994 elections.

    Thank you.

    September 20, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. needy dwaro

    please may you ask him on what he thinks of the perfromance of Secretary Clinton on the international scene and on his opinion of how to tame the republicans who oppose president Obama on every issue which goes before the congress

    September 20, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Linda

    What can we do to stop the flow of American jobs overseas and how quickly can we make it happen?

    Everyone is talking about job creation, what about job salvation? The greed of companies that ship jobs overseas to save a buck needs to stop. In the long run, the time it takes to suffer through communication issues results in little savings, and a strain on the economy that hurts every American. Corporations should be stiffly taxed for outsource jobs to intice them into giving the work to Americans. Our high-skilled, high-paying jobs are now cheap labor for someone else, while Americans are out of work.

    September 20, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Michael

    Hey WB,
    Please ask Bill his view of the N.Y. mosque and immagration. Also ask if he believes we the people have grounds enough to impeach Obama.

    September 20, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Alex

    Please ask him why it's a huge mistake that Democtrats who are up for re-election are running away from the Healthcare bill. This bill, although not enough, has and will do great things for health care and the American people. Not enough people understand why and the raging right screaming "socialism" is drowning out all the rational voices supporting this bill, including doctors and nuses!

    September 20, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. ddt

    Wolf and many on CNN are Republicans don't be fooled. This man always tell people how Dems are losing the same to everybody else like John King, There is no positive news the talk about Dems always they say Dems are going to lose. Hey Wolf, why don't you give us the real names of those who are going to lose? Will you still be working on CNN if what you are predicting is wrong? Shame on you

    September 20, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Alex

    Please ask him why it's a huge mistake that Democtrats who are up for re-election are running away from the Healthcare bill. This bill, although not enough, has and will do great things for health care and the American people. Not enough people understand why and the raging right screaming "socialism" is drowning out all the rational voices supporting this bill, including doctors and nurses!

    September 20, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. ctbeckyw

    While terms limits prevented him (sadly) from a third term, would he consider running for President again? If yes, what would he do differently (other than the obvious personnel "issues") ? If he would run who, or what type of person, would he consider for VP ?

    September 20, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. KC Collins

    What are your plans on getting voters to the polls in November? Will the Tea Party be succesful in November?

    September 20, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Michael from Ventura

    I'm glad to see President Clinton still swaying voters for all the correct reasons. Many hate him- Many judge him- I still LOVE him!

    September 20, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. ChumBucket

    Much rather have that whore as president, than the jerk we have now.

    September 20, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Albert

    I would ask how radically has 911 influenced the political climate that we face today. Does he think that politics in today's arena are more partisan that when he was president? Why or Why not?

    September 20, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Barry

    It's a shame President Obama can't be more like Bill Clinton managed when he was in office. President Clinton didn't spend his time attacking Republicans he spent his time trying to work with them. You can disagree and play politics if you want to but the American People suffer in the mean time.

    September 20, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. mike in texas

    How quickly we forget.

    Bill Clinton.

    The president that wanted everyone to like him.

    The administration that practically invented the 'trial balloon' or at least perfected it.

    The person that taught us to listen very carefully to what someone says and look past the obvious meaning to what they really mean but don't want to say.

    And, the famous quote...
    "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is."

    No thanks. Keep Clinton at home.

    September 20, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. suzibee

    Bill & Hill 2012 !!!!!!!!

    That's what this country needs!

    September 20, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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