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. MC

    My question: In the very near future (hopefully after the double-dip recession concerns are behind us but not necessarily) the U.S. has to drastically improve the deficit situation and deal with the baby-boomer retirements. This is going to be a crushing issue that will weigh us down heavily for at least a decade if not more. Dealing with it will require sacrifices of a magnitude that the U.S. hasn't seen since WWII. Realistically what would Clinton recommend to the president as a way to motivate the political will in Congress to make the compromises that need to be made?

    September 20, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Jerome

    Clinton, A Rhodes Scholar, a CFR member, a Trilateral Commission member and a Bilderberger participant. He joined the Council on Foreign Relations in 1989, attended a Bilderberg meeting in 1991 and was a current member of the Trilateral Commission at the time of his nomination. Pam Harriman is the person behind Bill Clinton. She is tied in with the Collins of the satanic group Hell Fire Club. Wife Hillary is known to practice Shamanism witchcraft.

    September 20, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Laura

    Not so much a question for him as it is a request: ask him to run again. The Republicans want to change the Constitution, right? Change term limits. I like Obama and he's getting his agenda through, miraculously, but his chances for winning right now look pretty awful because we all have blinders on and we look at our checkbooks and blame him... because we are idiots. Democracy, unfortunately, doesn't breed intelligence.

    September 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Don

    Ask him what he thinks of the Bush tax cuts and health care reform. Tell him I miss him, and ask him to give Obama some more advice.

    September 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. RandyBuist

    Mr. President,
    Why do you think so many democrats, independents, and even some moderate republicans, continue to resonate so well with you?

    September 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. rsmith77yh@yahoo.com

    You know how you felt during 8 years of Bush, well 8 years of Clinton was worse for me. Clinton was a draft dodger and liar that perfected the art of deceit. Don't believe me – read the comments, he still has most of you fooled. My Question from the picture with Wolf: Did he finally give Bill a Lewinsky?

    September 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Dave

    I am conservative, but I would rather have Bill Clinton in office rather than President Obama. Bill Clinton adapted to political pressure to bring things to the center. Our current President attempts to do just the opposite of the national preference. Sometimes an ideology like Marxism can really color a person's glasses for the worse.

    September 20, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. rsmith77yh@yahoo.com

    Dexter says:

    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.

    Roger Clemens may go to jail for one of those things Bill did – Lie to the Grand Jury.

    September 20, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Frank B.Cascio

    President Clinton projects a wonderful imageof someone who knows what he's talking about.

    September 20, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. BlueDem1

    If the Republicans do win back Congress, Obama would be best advised to seek Bill Clinton's advice on how to work with the new, hostile Congress. After all, Clinton was in far worse shape after his '94 midterm drubbing before roaring back and getting re-elected.

    September 20, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Dante

    We're only now beginning to realize just how great Clinton was as President.

    September 20, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Why do people claim to love Clinton, yet don't support Obama? Clinton is a Big $ Corporate / Lobbyist Democrat from the old school that did very little for the Middle Class. NAFTA has been a disaster along with the deregulation of Wall Street which began under his watch. Don't be fooled into thinking this Democrat did very much for the middle class. Obama is a million times better.

    September 20, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. BryanWolf

    I am very Glad Ex-Pres Clinton is out there fighting for us. At least he is earning his money we still pay him.

    September 20, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Hunter of the lib hunter

    The tea party is just like the McCarthy witch hunts of the early 1950's. The John Birch Society and McCarthyism were discarded for the trash they spread. Sixty years later, we have Rupert Murdoch and his Fox Fascists spreading the same disease, and the ignorant are buying into it. After it runs its course, and the republicans will be the minority party in congress for another 60 years.

    September 20, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Some republican guy

    Dagnabbit!!!! It's that narcisstic elitest socialist Bill Clinton up to his old tricks!!!! First he signed that NAFTA which made the illeagle aliens come here and steal all of our lettuce picking jobs!!! Then he signed that welfare reform act which alowed the Oprah watching union thugs to all buy Caddilacs!!!!! Then he signed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 that took all of the money from the job creators and gave it to the Muslins!!!!!!! Then he ran up a huge deficite to pay for his cigars!!!!!! He's worst than Jimmy Carter!!!!!!!!!!! If it wasn't for the socialist Clinton, Jane's Addiction would still be together!!!!!!!!!! This all started when that Saddom Hosain blew up the world trade center!!!!!!!! Wise up real Americans!!!!! Succeed from the union and empeach them all before its to late!!!!! have a nice day!

    September 20, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Brenda

    While visiting with presidents of other countries, what was the oddest thing that happened to you?

    September 20, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Seth

    Former president Clinton has been and continues to be a great person and political power.

    I would be curious as to what his motivation is to keep going. He has done so much when he was president and after. What is the driving force that keeps him out of the "vacation mode" that so many others would fall into.

    Also what are his main goals he would still like to accomplish in his lifetime, and how are all of his current projects lined up to help him reach these goals.

    September 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Dawn

    Clinton lost both houses of Congress and forced Democrats into the political wilderness for two terms. He failed to deliver the presidency for his wife, yet people like Blitzer continue to glorify him. Its Obama's party now Wolf. Get over it. Such comments usually come from people who harbor racist thoughts, like the dig about some people may not wanting Obama in their district.

    September 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Remember_how_we_got_here

    Kelly – I would remind those democrats who no longer have a home that the economic downturn did not start in January 2009 when Obama was sworn in. It was well underway but did had not hit bottom yet. Maybe everything done has not been perfect, but this administration could not sit back and do nothing as was done in 2008.

    September 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Bill

    George W. is one of the greatest president's ever.

    September 20, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. djkhan

    Republicans compare the last three republican prisdents with bill clinton they were all disaters . Why can't you addmit that.

    September 20, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. MightyMoo

    I heard him speak on the Daily Show the other day. It was really interesting to listen to him and made me miss having him in the White House.

    September 20, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Latrice

    I think that Bill Clinton was the best. Please ask him what advice he would give to the ailing Obama Administration, and if he thinks there can be a turnaround. His advice should be quite welcome at this point.

    Thank you

    September 20, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. jeb b

    i watched prez clinton on meet the press sunday.......... the man is the political guru of the 21st century. he knows how to deliver . i must be honest back when clinton was president rush aka pig vomit was a tad bit more brutal on clinton than he has been on obama. clinton found some favor in a few black folk and brought them inside his circle and the right, led by pig vomit couldn't stand it and he blistered clinton w/ avengence daily. its close and pig vomit gets very racial w/ prez obama which thrills him to raise the ire of black folk but like palin we just "consider the source" when lil piggie squeals behind the golden mike .

    September 20, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. John Pickins

    He was a dirtbag as president. An amoral swine with no sense of
    normative behavior he is a disgrace, along with his scheming wife.
    Please let him, Jimmy Carter, Nancy Floozie, Harry Reed, and the whole rotten crew go away.

    September 20, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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