October 24th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Bill Clinton: I'm 'ticked off'

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton continued his cross-country campaign swing Sunday night to help the longest-serving member of Congress in his bid to hold onto his seat.

Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan is a 28-term incumbent, but he’s in a tighter reelection battle than he’s seen in a while, hence the Clinton campaign stop.

“Michigan was good for me and I tried to be good for Michigan,” Clinton said. “John Dingell’s been good for you and he’s been good for you in the last year and a half, as he has in his entire career."

Clinton also addressed the larger issues in the midterm election cycle including government spending and health care, and stressed how important it is that Democrats stay in control.

“I’m not just here on a personal mission,” Clinton said. “I like all this enthusiasm, but frankly there are a few things about this election that have gotten me somewhere between disturbed and ticked off.”

Although, he said he doesn’t “do politics anymore,” he got involved in this election “because I saw the American people about to trigger a movie I have seen before,” a reference to the 1994 Republican takeover of the House of Representatives two years after Clinton was elected president.

Clinton said the Michigan event was his 102nd stop during this election season, a tour that will likely continue through Election Day.


Filed under: 2010 • John Dingell • President Clinton
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. My Comment

    Bill is awesome. Remember what he left us; a surplus and a booming economy. 8 years of prosperity. What did Bush leave us, besides huge debt and endless wars?

    October 24, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Michael Welle

    Go Bill! We love you. I'm ticked off too. If people would just be patient with this slow recovery, we wouldn't be put in the bad position that it looks like we're headed. It's 1994 all over again. Maybe we can stop the losses now.

    October 24, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Dewlapski

    Geeze, 56 years in congress - no wonder our automakers are bankrupt.

    Term limits NOW - for republicans and democrats both - enough is enough. Dingell looks every bit as crazy as my 83 year old father.

    October 24, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Liz the First

    People who forget history are bound to repeat it. how many times do the republicans have to take this country to the brink of ruin before the American people quit electing them? all the 'out-of-control' spending the repubs have been screaming about in their ads were made necessary by their mismanagement of the country during the bush regime, not to mention two off-the-books wars. all the high umbrage about government spending is about nine years too late. so it must be something other than government spending. gee, i wonder what it cound be. surely not our president's color. nah!

    October 24, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Darryl Schmitz

    Ticked off... like a laser beam. :o)

    October 24, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Ed

    Good, so am I, now what did you do?

    October 24, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Patrick

    Dingell: Another aging career politician that needs to be retired.

    Let's get some citizens in there that have lived in real America recently.

    October 24, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. jenn, philadelphia

    28 term incumbent? This man has been in the House longer than I've been alive. That's ridiculous, but I guess since he's been so "good" to Michigan, his return term after term is justified. After all, it isn't like Michigan has been suffering economically more than any other state, or for any longer.

    October 24, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. gladyola

    It's his story to tell. Thanks for taking the time, President Clinton.

    October 24, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. rdepontb

    Can't he run for President again?? PLEASE!!!

    Mr. Clinton, your country needs you now more than ever. Sir, please help us!

    October 24, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Riley

    Dingell is what's wrong with DC. I live in Michigan and I can tell you that he is VERY UNPOPLULAR. I will be very surpised if he gets reelected.

    October 24, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. bob

    the guy can barely stand on his own two feet – this picture reminds of the good-ol'boy faternity. it stinks!!!

    October 24, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. ConcernedPeeP

    Like we care what this impeached former President has to say, or who he supports. The dems showed themselves the last 4 years and this country is in a shambles because of them.

    October 24, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. db

    Good for Michigan??????????? With one of the nations highest unemployment rates, education in the pits, taxes higher than a kite, fire and police reductions, communities of possible terrorist nests, Oh, ya this fat a– 28 term do nothing is really good for Michigan. This is exactly why term limits need to be put in place. Remember being a Congressman or Senator was never meant by our foundsing fathers to be a career job forever. HOw much does this guy want to keep sucking off the citizens of MIchigan and how long can they afford to keep this duffis around?

    October 24, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. RobRoy

    Clinton is one great man and the kind of friend I would want in my corner. He does not get paid to do this he does it out of love and respect for America and its people black or white rich or poor he is one outstanding American Politician and human being.

    October 24, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. the real ib

    We are also ticked off to Mr. Clinton; we are ticked off at your party for all the non controlled spending it is doing; we are ticked off at having so called healthcare reform that is doing nothing but raising our ins. rates and this thing was rammed down our throats by your party. We are ticked off enough that we will answer you next Tuesday and I don't think you will like our answer.

    October 24, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Uh, Bill,
    Pick up a rock. Let go of it. The direction it falls is down. There, that wasn't so hard was it. The opposite direction is up. Try to remember that. The people are ticked off. Mostly because they have no jobs, a 14 trillion dollar debt and a Bloated Federal Government.

    You are selling more debt, a bigger Federal Government, no jobs, more people on Food Stamps., the Nanny State. The people aren't bying that Pig in a Poke anymore. Remember, the direction the rock falls is down!

    October 24, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. barry

    Obama is nowhere near Clinton. Clinton was a great leader and Obama is a joke. With that said Dingellberry is toast. The majority of Dems will join the ranks of the unemployed very soon. Their policies driven by Reid, Pelosi and Obama put the majority of the unemployed out of work. Can't wait for the investigations to start on Obama and his Sestak bribery case. It's coming soon.

    October 24, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. KORBEK

    I once heard someone say; "People are smart, society is dumb." I always took this to meain that when we get together with others, we engage in groupthink, and seem to lose the ability to think for ourselves.

    Voting is a very individual act: Be smart when you go to the polls this fall...

    KORBEK

    October 24, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. USA 1

    I agree. As an ex-Michigander, who had to leave home because Reagan wiped out our economy by cutting tariffs on cheap, foreign subsidized steel, I know the greatest threat to America right now is big business. CEO’s continue to ship our jobs overseas, scream for tax breaks (as they make record profits), lay off their workers, and take incredible, unearned bonus’s which they feel entitled to! The greed of Big business CEO’s, and their lack of loyalty to the United States, is the greatest threat to our nation right now. The terrorists don’t have to do a thing; they can just let the Tea Party, the GOP, and big business, destroy our country and middle class….

    October 24, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. Rino

    Bill Clinton is a great man and cares about people.

    October 24, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Janelle

    Since when has Bill Clinton "not done politics anymore"?

    I also remember during the 2004 Presidential campaign, then Senator Hillary Clinton was stumping for John Kerry and she was very adamant that Congress and the President should be from different parties. At the time, she recalled how the best legislation is passed when one party is not in power, and recalled the great legislation that was passd by her husband and a Republican Congress. Evidently that was the only reason she could come up with for folks to vote for John Kerry, because in 2008 she sure didn't hold that belief anymore, and obviously Bill doesn't hold it either!

    October 24, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. Robert

    Okay, great. But 28 terms??? Seriously? Does anyone else out there think it might be time for someone different? Particularly since Michigan has been having some problems in the last few decades??

    October 24, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Maritn

    So, this guy is going for his 28th consecutive term? Completely rediculous that the voters there are so brian-washed that they would allow him to serve for so long. It's time to step down, sir, and allow for some fresh ideas to come to the table.

    October 24, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  25. Maritn

    My mistake, his 29th consecutive term.

    October 24, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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