Bill Clinton hits the stump for Rahm
January 18th, 2011
11:55 AM ET
3 years ago

Bill Clinton hits the stump for Rahm

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Rahm Emanuel Tuesday at a rally in the Chicago Cultural Center, but the high profile visit is not without controversy.

One of Emanuel's leading opponents, Carol Moseley Braun – herself a former ambassador to New Zealand under Clinton – publically called on the former president to back out of the Chicago race late last year.

"Bill Clinton is an outsider parachuting in to support another outsider," said Braun, now the only black candidate in the mayoral race. "Clinton should remember New Hampshire where he called Barack Obama's opposition to the war in Iraq 'a fairy tale.' He was wrong."

Emanuel, who is running for mayor of Chicago, worked in the Clinton White House for five years before serving as an Illinois congressman and then President Obama's chief of staff, a post he left in the fall of last year to run for mayor. Polls show Emanuel with a comfortably lead over Moseley Braun and a handful of other candidates.

Clinton's windy city appearance will be his first campaign stop since the November midterm elections.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. wiredweirdoinSF

    What is the old saying, lying, corrupt, union toadys flock together to continue the lies and thefts from the American people to benefit the corrupt union bosses of Chicago. Congratulations to the taxpayers of Illinois, you are now paying an tax increase of 60% so the membership of the SEIU/ACORN can get its Viagara at no cost and retire at age 23.

    January 18, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Kate

    Rahm Emanuel is the Democrats answer to Tom Delay. His attitude: Win at all costs and take no prisioners. The mantra: Crush, punish, destroy, eliminate and KiII your opponents. A vote for Mr. Emanuel is a vote for accepting political corruption, backroom deals, and inciting violence against the opposition.

    At some point, even Illinois must wonder why they so readily accept political corruption. Illinois politics have been the leading example of corruption in American politics. If the U.S. is ever going to stop it, Illinois must be one of the first states to say, "No More."

    January 18, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Bill

    Emanuel is just another quitter

    January 18, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time

    Bill Clinton needs to do what all "has beens' have done for ages.....fade away.
    Notice how CNN titlles anything concerning Sarah Palin..."Sarah Palin is Warned"..... no Newt did not "warn" her of anything.....CNN is always, anyway they can "cut" Sarah Palin......This true Lady will be our President after 2012 and if for no other reason because people will vote for her due to the relentless attacks from the Liberal Left Media.
    Go Sarah Go! We Love You!

    January 18, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Chicago is in serious trouble when it top two mayoral candidates are Rahm "Gun Control" Emmanuel and Carol "Let's See if I can Really Bankrupt The City" Mosely Braun.

    Maybe the GOP will actually put up a viable candidate this time around.

    January 18, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. FreeAmerica

    Dumb & Dummer! Hit the road again?

    What socialist solutions are they going to offer now? "Hope and Change" hasn't worked. Maybe try telling the truth- they have NO SOLUTIONS for our FREE America. What out folks- they are coming for your wallets.

    January 18, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Bill Clinton is amazing! Thank you for all that you do for our world!!

    January 18, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Dave, Central Illinois

    One sleazbag helping another....

    January 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Kevin

    "FREEAMERICA" Bill Clinton presided over the longest economic expansion in the history of this country. Bush messed everything up by giving the rich tax breaks for sending jobs overseas. Bush messed everything up he touched-everything! It is the rich who are and have been taking out of the working man's wallet for the past 30 plus years. Everything keeps going up except wages. Working man can buy less and less for an honest days work.

    January 18, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Why is Clinton's presence turned into a racial issue? She is the second candidate to play the race card. Emmanual has this race locked up anyways. Not sure why he thinks he needs Clinton there. I think the fix was in long ago when they engineered this position swap with Daly.

    January 18, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. jerry

    al capone would be happy the way chicago politics has stayed the emanual clinton, obama daly, the only way to bring down these guys is the way theyy got capone tax evasion

    January 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Jan Link

    I think Bill Clinton knows how to pick the best. He would never support anyone he feels could not do the best job.

    January 18, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rahm is exactly what Chicago needs in this economic climate and not a Carol Mosley Braun who has proven she can't financially manage her own house of affairs.

    January 18, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |