October 24th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
3 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. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm ticked off, too, Mr. President. The Republican Party has been working behind the scenes for decades to take away our civil rights, to undermine our constitution, to outsource our jobs, to take from us and give to the rich. Now they have dropped all pretenses and are shoving it in our faces. We have, in less than a lifetime, witnessed the total corruption of one of our two major politcal parties. And there's still idiots out there that think these people work on behalf of them. We've gotten so stupid and ignorant we could hurt ourselves, literally. And ignorance and stupidity tick me off like nothing else.

    October 24, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. carol

    Hope people wake up and realize the tea party was started by wealth corporate interest just google Koch AND tea party. By the way corporate tax break to create jobs(angle), most corporation last year did not pay taxes (check out GE, Citicorp or Bank of America last yr paid 0$'s how do you pay less than 0. Give the dems a chance the Republican took 8 yrs to create this mess.

    October 24, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. George B from Ohio

    As the only Republican I ever respected (and he would be a democrat in modern times) once said to paraphrase "you can fool some of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time". Republicans will make gains this midterm and act as if their party has come back to roost, but unless they become more inclusive they will become irrelevant in 10 years. Even all the foreign money pouring in through the "US" Chamber of Commerce will not buy them elections once the changing demographics catches up with them at the polls.

    October 24, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. todd

    loss of 250,000 jobs –yea right im voting for that guy!!

    October 24, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    We're going to get this together!! DEMOCRATS continue to UNITE the BASE – Vote on November 2, 2010 so we can continue to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!!

    It takes a ROCKING CHAIR to ROCK!!
    A STEAM ROLLER to ROLL!!!
    It takes team like the DEMOCRATS!!
    To upset our SOUL!!!

    Now take a LQQK @ the Polls NOW!!
    GAPs are LOWER and it SHOW!
    That's 'cause we're all FIRED UP!!
    And we're READY TO GO!!!

    YES WE CAN!!! This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 24, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    bill, Many Americans are getting ticked off too at the nut case crazies that the republicans are running and the fact that they have any kind of support thanks to the brainwash job of FOX

    October 24, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. clr

    oh for goodness sake – 28 TERMS? REALLY? NO ONE should be in office that long – neither party... This is why we have so much corruption. Reitire the guy already...

    October 24, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. colowest

    Go, Bill, GO!!!!!!!!! I wish you'd started this a year ago.

    October 24, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. John lannefeld

    Ah come on Bill, you don't do politics any more? Since when? Oh when will we ever see term limits to stop this kind of insanity with a 28 term congressman? Absolutely ridiculous – send this geezer to a rest home!

    October 24, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If Dingell loses, the MI losese much of its clout. How do people in his district feel about him? I would poll those that are actually in his district and have been for at least 10 years. What has he done to support his district? If they can't find something positive about his votes in the House or don't like what he has brought home, then vote him out. Otherwise, question his opponet throughly.

    October 24, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  11. Bessy

    You tell them Bill ! How soon they forget ! I cannot believe that people want a repeat of what the Bush administration did to this country, and what Republicans are trying to do again. Too bad that people have such short memories.
    Please folks, get out there and vote democrat. That is the only way we can continue to dig ourselves out of this mess.
    The Republicans continue to use scare tactics by voting " no " on everything, but if we keep the democrats in power and add a few more to the group, we do not need them and the " no's " will disappear. They are buying their way into office so that they can continue to say " no " to everything that will help the poor and middle class. It is really a sin, for example, what Meg Whitman in Ca. is doing.

    October 24, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. The reality is...

    Vote Dingell out; he's been there waaaaaaaay too long.

    October 24, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Sherry

    Obviously the US citizens have forgotten what/who got them into this financial distress we are faced with. In an society where we want everything instantaneous, I find it grossly unfair to blame the current Administration for things not being fixed instantly. Be fair. Don't allow yourself to be hoodwinked by the GOP or Tea Party false promises. Ask yourself why things got so bad and why the GOP didn't do more to help people when they were in charge of BOTH the Senate and House. It is because they believe ONLY in BIG BUSINESS and the wealthy, NOT middle America or those who face poverty. Their belief is that it is our fault if we have no jobs or money and they are not taking ownership of the fact that THEIR choices in office are what helped make this problem ours. Please think about it and allow the Democratic Senate and House a chance to fight for you and work with this Administration. Perhaps the GOP in both Senate and House will wake up and finally realize they need to work FOR the people and NOT for themselves or their party.

    October 24, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. Robert in NYC

    GObama! GoClinton! GoDems! We will keep the Senate AND the House! The Tea Party is nothing more than a corporate backed, dusted up, repaint of the OLD FAILED Republican Party... only now more extreme with a bunch of crazies representing it. LOL.

    October 24, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. CuadRose

    Come on voters.....don't be apathetic! Stand up for what you believe, vote and in doing so you will show your respect for those who fought for you to have the right to vote.

    October 24, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. BDub

    It's pretty simple Bill. You go to far to the left, REVOLT! The blame Bush for everything is over. Bye now...

    October 24, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. Dave

    People like Dingell are the reason why term limits need to be installed in the House and Senate. The Founding Fathers never intended to have the House or the Senate be a place for politicians to make a career. Career politicians like Dingell need to go and make room for new people with new ideas so that we can get this country back on the right track. Byrd, Kennedy, Dingell, Snowe and others are what's holding the United States back today. Or mark my words...America will rise up and tar and feather you all in public!

    October 25, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  18. MichaelB. - Michigan

    This article failed to mention the larger part why Clinton was in Michigan. Our race for governor! it is such an important choice for the residents of Michigan and the public is not being informed enough yet!

    October 25, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  19. Dewlapski

    Two terms and be gone, except for people named Obama, in which case one term is more than enough.

    October 25, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  20. Jeff

    President Clinton should talk to his wife and convince her to run for President.

    October 25, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  21. La Piovra

    The truth about the GOTea is that they're frightening. It's been clear since President Obama was elected that they think they, and only they, are fit to "rule" – that's the word they use, not "govern"- regardless of how the "small people" vote, and that any stratagem to gain, or regain, absolute control is "fair", so long as they are the ones using it. In expectation of victory, they have made increasingly arrogant, cruel, and downright loony pronouncements. Their virulence may succeed in overpowering the nation, or it may arouse an immune response in the body politic. Time, perhaps a very short time, will tell. This midterm election may well be more fateful a one than many mid-Twentieth Century presidential ones were. However you plan to vote, don't sit it out and don't vote just to "send a message". You're not sending a message; you're sending legislators. Make sure the people you're sending are going to do what you actually want done.

    October 25, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  22. Fed Up

    Oh look out. Billy Jeff is ticked off. Have you met any of the American people yet???? There are more than a few that are ticked off. Vote 'em in. Vote'em out.

    October 25, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  23. Ken in NC

    The Democrats that are willing to lay down, roll over and play dead will deserve what they get if they let Republicans take control again. I am a Democrat and when I use the word spineless, I do not use it to refer just to our representatives but to all Democrats. They are not organized. If it's not just the way they want it then they walk away or they stay home. Either of those actions aalways makes it easy for Republicans to retake control. When Republicans lie or spin about bills and laws and things Democrats are working to get for the electorate they simply keep quiet. Hell, everytime Republican opens his mouth with a spin or lie there should be a Democrat right the to put a sock in his/her mouth. When people are allowed to tell the same lie or spin over and over, sooner rather than later, people will start to believe it. If Democrats don't get a spine and start to knock down these spinning and lying Republicans everytime they open their mouth and lie, they will lose everything for sure and that goes for our politically correct President that I have supported in the past.

    October 25, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  24. traci

    No one should serve 28 terms. Sounds like some fresh blood is needed.

    October 25, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  25. Brian in TX

    he's right. What the republicans are promising to do is a bunch of hooey. They will not have enough votes to override a presidential veto, hence they will have to compromise with the president and congressional democrats to get anything done. Hence they won't be able to carry out this right wing agenda. All we are getting ready to do is throw the congress into more gridlock, which is definately not what we need. Wake up everyone, we have been down this road before let's not go down it again.

    October 25, 2010 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
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