Clinton to campaign with Obama
September 28th, 2012
08:25 AM ET
2 years ago

Clinton to campaign with Obama

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will campaign with President Barack Obama in Los Angeles a week from Sunday, an Obama campaign aide told CNN on Thursday.

The campaign is using the joint appearance to raise money.

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"If there's one person who knows how hard we need to fight in these final weeks, it's President Clinton. I'm grateful he'll be joining me on the trail. You should be there, too," Obama said in an email to supporters.

The same email offered supporters a chance to attend the event if they donate at least $5 to the campaign.

The California fund-raiser will come a few days after Clinton hits the trail for the current president in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Obama, however, is not scheduled to be at the Granite State event, as it falls on the same day as the first presidential debate.

Clinton has been one of the president's biggest surrogates this cycle. The 42nd president gave a lengthy, high-profile speech for Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this month. He also campaigned for Obama the following week in Florida, a crucial battleground state.

In an "Access Hollywood" interview last week, first lady Michelle Obama referred to the two presidents' hug on the DNC stage as a "public display of (their) 'bromance'," a marked difference from 2008, when Obama fiercely competed against Clinton's wife, Hillary, for the Democratic nomination.

The former president has also been highly critical of Mitt Romney's so-called 47% comments, in which the Republican nominee argued in a secretly recorded video that nearly half of Americans are dependent on the government because they don't pay federal income taxes.

Clinton, however, said Romney's comments largely missed the point and rejected "more than three decades of bipartisan policy to support work and family."

"It's not a bunch of freeloaders," Clinton told CNN's Piers Morgan on Tuesday. "There are only about a little less than four percent of the total population who don't pay federal income tax and don't work and may not be looking for work."

Clinton last appeared with Obama on Tuesday when he introduced the incumbent president at the Clinton Global Initiative. The annual event, established in 2005 by former President Bill Clinton, features discussions and programs on how to spur development in emerging economies.
The former president also introduced Romney at the event earlier in the day.

Clinton is expected to do more events between now and Election Day on behalf of Obama's campaign, although aides are staying mum about the details.


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • California • Fundraising • President Obama
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    The Secretary of Explaining Stuff makes the President's job that much easier. Yesterday in the President's stump speech, he used the "Arithmetic" argument. Early voting has started and it doesn't look good for Willard.

    September 28, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. max

    hey mittens, you do realize you just supported a union ??? haha … flip flop flip flop

    September 28, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Pres. Clinton--We love you and your family. Obama12/our Hillary16.
    PS: wise move.

    September 28, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Just look at who campaigns for romney the son of boss tax cheat ,bachmann , rove ,Dick armey ,tom deley,Allen west the goof from Florida ,cantor the goof from virginawho wouldn't give his home state disasters flood aid without strings attached ,mc connel,the mummy ,all the biggest losers and bush supporers in the gop bafoons party . No brainer , vote president Obama ,oh ya ,and lyin Ryan the hotdog car driver seven term sponge of your tax dallars in the house ,what about the 60,000 dallar campaign donation,bribe ,you had to returned in your home state when your name poped up in a federal investagation ,lyin Ryan ???????

    September 28, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. yasmine

    Go Bill....

    September 28, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. Borderless

    I really wish Bill Clinton wouldn't legitimize Obama. Clinton is much better than that.

    September 28, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. logi_101

    There is a clear an consistent theme to Romney positions. One of ignorance and arrogance born out of wealth and privilege. When he talks about schools he says class size does not matter. It is someone else's problem. The parents should pay for education, like his did. When he talks about about college, the parents should go into debt and pay for their children, he of course had his trust fund for that, Ryan had Social Security. When he talks about the auto bailout, the government should have left it the hands of people like Romney to restructure GM by guaranteeing loans to the vulture capitalists to lower the wages of the union workers or liquidating entirely at the whim of real capitalists. Translation the taxpayer takes ALL the risk, the vultures take all the profits and the workers can fend for themselves. After all Romney is a job creator just look at Staples where the average pay qualifies many to be part of the working poor, part of the 47%. At his acceptance speech he neglected to thank those who defend us, again these people are part of the 47%. The Social Security recipients are part of the 47%. In the world of Romney, the 47% are leeches and then he wants to label it as class warfare, the rich against the poor. The great wealth to Huntsman was born into was never an issue, his ascendancy in a family company was aided by accident of birth but not defined by it. His service as governor and ambassador were unblemished. No one questioned his tax returns or whether he got amnesty for illegal Swiss accounts. So it NOT just wealth. It is not just class warfare. For 65 years we have followed the practice of reducing the tax obligation of those who have profited most from our society. It is long since past time that they be asked to share in the misery that they have helped create. It is true that Romney acquired wealth but at what moral cost. A poor thief steals a loaf of bread to feed his family and goes to jail, a rich thief has his hand in your pocket and expects you to thank him for it.

    September 28, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  8. Wilson

    And the picture shows all,,,the puppet master controlling the puppet.

    September 28, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Informed Voter

    President Clinton is stumping for President Obama in the all-important swing state of.. wait, California? I can't blame them for fundraising. Sometimes it helps to be around a friendly audience.

    September 28, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. NOTADEMOCRAT

    You know your legacy is dismal when you have to tie it to a pervert for legitimacy...

    September 28, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. Jsmith

    Can't tell enough lies on his own, Obama has to bring in an expert?

    September 28, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. onlyfacts

    I can hear the brainwashed Obama haters already with their baseless talking points planted in their pea brains by Limbaugh and Fox "news". Their remarks to this is going to add some good comedy for the day. They base their opinions off of others opinions and think they are so intelligent. Today we will hear that Obama is trying to compare Clinton's economy to his. This is going to be interesting.

    September 28, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Lionel

    Let's go get those Republicans Obama and Clinton.

    The Republicans left us with an economic diaster and two wars plus have give trilllions in tax cuts to the super rich. Now they are complaining that Obama did not clean it up fast enough.

    Forward.... Obama 2012

    September 28, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. RW

    I'm 49, Clinton was the best President in My lifetime. Numbers do NOT lie......

    September 28, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. ST

    I like/love Clinton more than ever. The man has everything needed to put all upright. What a gifted man!

    September 28, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. MaryM

    This should be good. These two campaigning together is very powerful.

    September 28, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. Ryche

    Hahahaha this is the same guy who said Obama should have been serving him coffee just prior to the 2008 election. A bromance? I love cnns selective memory. Btw Clinton was right. About the only time.

    September 28, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. Kate

    Bill Clinton is a wonderful speaker and an asset to any campaign. I'm glad he's helping Obama ... and I suspect Obama will help Hillary if she chooses to run in 2016. I was also happy to see, just this morning, that Obama is moving ahead in the polling of my state which has been up for grabs. I'm not seeing as many Romney/Ryan signs in my predominantly Republican neighborhood as I had expected. Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 28, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. NorCalMojo

    This is a mistake. Clinton makes Obama look like a junior college activist. The Obama campaign shouldn't allow them to be seen together.

    September 28, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. us_1776

    Bill and Barack.

    Two of this country's greatest presidents.

    .

    September 28, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. wolfpackbob

    It is The Economy, Mr. President. Your Economy, Mr. President. You built that.

    September 28, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. Jeff Kelly

    Hhillary is doing the same thing the Duchess of York did. Exposing her two bo obs.

    September 28, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. JD

    Got to love president Clinton. Yes. Most people pay federal income tax. Fact that can't be argued. BUT during the filing process, credits exceed contribution, thus resulting in a net payment to more than 4%.

    Brilliant politician. And I think, much like president Obama and governor Romney, a good person

    September 28, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Larry L

    Obama and Clinton are one smart team. Both care about all Americans – not just the rich. Both present their concepts in clear, easy to comprehend specifics – unlike Romney who never actually answers a question or provides any real details to support his promises. Romney is finished since the independent voters entered the scene. They want answers not B.S.

    September 28, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Mark

    I am so glad Bill is back and has helped SAVE the Obama campaign. Please don't blow it Mr President. Wish President Bill could run for four more years.

    September 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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