Bill Clinton to hit the campaign trail again for Obama
October 5th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Bill Clinton to hit the campaign trail again for Obama

Washington (CNN) - A month after his well-received Democratic National Convention speech, former President Bill Clinton will be back next week trying to boost Barack Obama’s reelection bid.

Clinton will join Obama in Los Angeles at a private fund-raiser Sunday, an Obama campaign aide told CNN.

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Last week, the campaign ran a fund-raising contest – intended to motivate smaller-money donors - with the winner receiving a ticket to the Southern California event.

“I’m meeting up with President Clinton on the campaign trail, and we both want to thank you in person,” Obama said in the e-mail solicitation.

Clinton, however, is not expected to attend a star-studded concert called “30 Days to Victory” on Sunday evening in Los Angeles. Actor George Clooney will deliver remarks at this event, while musical stars Jon Bon Jovi, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder all are scheduled to perform, according to the campaign.

Then, on Tuesday, Clinton will campaign alone for Obama’s re-election campaign in Las Vegas.

This past Wednesday - the same day as the first presidential debate – the former president appeared at a rally in Durham, New Hampshire, and later headlined a private fund-raiser in Boston.

“The only reason this is a race is that we’re Americans. We’re impatient. We want things fixed the day before yesterday, and the economy is not fixed,” Clinton said at the New Hampshire event. “I am telling you nobody could’ve fixed this much damage in four years.

“But the president’s economic plan is better in the short run, better in the long run. And the vision that we’re all in this together is a heck of a lot better than you’re on your own. There is no you’re on your country in the world succeeding like those who have a good we’re all in this together strategy.”

Clinton has told friends he will do as much to support as his schedule allows to support the president’s re-election.

In addition to the New Hampshire event and his lauded speech at last month’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, he has stumped on Obama’s behalf in Florida.

In the run-up to the November 6 vote, Clinton is expected to attend other grassroots and fund-raising events, but Obama campaign aides did not give specifics. Some close to the former president think his economic message is especially helpful for Obama in such battlegrounds as Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Hampshire.

“He has to win on election day,” the president told the New Hampshire rally, talking about Obama. “It’s your future. Go claim it.”

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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    Where was Bill Clinton during the debate? Well, actually Obama talked more about Bill Clinton than he did his own entire first term, but Bill could not actually get up on stage and help Obama answer some of those tough questions. Look how well that turned out! So do expect Bill to hold Obama's hand through the rest of the campaign. Bill likes the attention in his retirement years and Obama likes hanging out with a Democrat who got a second term. It's a match made in heaven.

    October 5, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Pjosa

    Way to go Bill

    October 5, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. California Gary

    When the big dog speaks, people listen. You tell 'em Bill!

    October 5, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. wyl5326

    Is this early sign that Barack's campaign is running out of Ammo to fight GOP SuperPacs ?

    October 5, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. George Llata S

    It would be wise to have Bill Clinton coach Obama on how to respond for the debates in order to be more effective and to win them.

    October 5, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. tee1227

    II also hope he hits the Republicans and Ryan on this, Paul Ryan: 60 Percent Of Americans Are 'Takers,' Not 'Makers'

    October 5, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Kimo

    Dear Bill, please give Barack some tips for the next debate.

    October 5, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. nick

    With the slugger in, the fat lady is about to sing.

    October 5, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Tim Rigney

    I'm voting for OBAMA so I think this is GREAT because if you put all the emphasis on all the right WORDS . . . . and have all the right PAUSES – – – – then ANYTHING will sound fantastic!!!!!

    October 5, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. clarke

    How about a Bill/Hillary ticket in 2016.

    October 5, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Mark D

    When Romney ridicules green energy and Obama stands there like a wounded child and says nothing, I guess Bill needs to get involved. Bizarre that this guy could evoke so much emotion from the masses four years ago, and today I have no idea what the hell he cares about. He turned out to be just another politician, just another wimpy democrat afraid to say anything left of the center line. What a let down!

    October 5, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. mat

    And here come the Acorn employees paid to post here. Kinda like Scientology.

    October 5, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Anno

    If Obama needs Clinton to campaign for his reelection, then he shows that he is a weak president. I don't want Romney, but I wish Obama will focus more on economy. Too much time was lost on fighting for the Obamacare. That was a big distraction. Obama needs to move to middle, he was too much on the left. Otherwise, Romney and Ryan might win the election.

    October 5, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Mike S

    First of all, why? Can't Obama do it on his own? Is Obama just an empty suit built up by false propaganda created by the media?
    And second, let's keep in mind that we are not electing Clinton. So as much as you Bill Clinton, ultimately the president is Obama and he is no Bill Clinton.

    October 5, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. vowel movement

    wow – obama is truly second rate

    October 5, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Joseph

    I wonder who is running for president on the Democratic ticket. Is it Obama or Clinton?

    October 5, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    President Bill Clinton is the greatest. He would have crushed Romney in the debate.

    October 5, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. memo2

    Mr Clinton, no new world order, I still remember Obama said if can't make it on the economy for tree years,will be only one term for him,so now what is going on ?.

    October 5, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. ug

    How much is he getting paid...vote Romney.

    October 5, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Phillip Greenberg, MD

    I am writing to share with you my belief that "slow and steady wins the race" This was a great quote from the famous Tortoise and the Hare (aka The Great Cross County Race) How similar a situation the President is getting us to where we need to be and Romney is running like the Hare of the infamous play. I know because I played the tortoise in 9th grade and I have won by taking things slow and steady not unlike our economy recovery. Make this the campaign about how it takes time to make a difference, a difference we are starting to see so the campaign should be about the Tortoise and the Hare "Slow and steady wins the race". 4 years cannot correct 8 years of squandering. If you read this and agree please get this to the Obama Campaign so they can utilize this message.

    October 5, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. helix10461

    The big dog is out again. The best president we ever had, have been saving the country for last 25 years. If Al Gore was not so stuck up to not to ask Clinton to campaign, we could have also avoided the seond Bush. Romney reminds be of Howard Dean, all scream and no substance

    October 5, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. Gurgyl

    We love you, pres. Clinton. Mitt Robme is a thug., tax-cheat. Yes, on Obama12..

    October 5, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Kay

    I wonder when Obama is going to start begging Oprah....

    October 5, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Emily

    Romney now claims he has no plans for massive tax cuts. However, he says nothing about letting the Bush tax cuts expire. Why is it accepted as fact that cutting taxes promotes jobs? Where is the evidence for that? I'm sick of all the whining about paying taxes. As a good friend's grandpa, a Russian immigrant, used to say, "it's good to be living in America and paying taxes.

    October 5, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Melissa

    We need Clinton back in power.

    October 5, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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