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. Canchange

    Barack Obama show us your college law transcript credits, show us your first American passport.there was a printing error on your book said born in Kenya, Africa; raise in Indonesia! Very visit cooking the unemployment books, thanks I know.

    October 5, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. Dilyah

    Thank u for helping to push the POTUS forward. Although some don't agree with everything he may say and do, we owe him a chance to finish the work he started. The Repubs under Bush made a big mess and if we allowed him 8 to mess it up, we owe Obama 8 to clean it up. Vote....Obama

    October 5, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Not Chicken Little

    Certainly it's a great strategy to get a slick liar to lie about what a wonderful job Zero hasn't done for the last 4 years...it's still all Bush's fault!

    October 5, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  4. Bill is going to ruin it for Hillary

    Isn't there a 2 term limit for president, why is bill campaigning for a third term...oh i see it's for obama because he can't run on his own record.

    October 5, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. Golden Wolf

    Four years ago...I ended up homeless under Bush policies. Under Obama policies...slowly but surely I am a proud small business owner and am able to pay my rent. This proud AMERICAN is able to afford another four years of OBAMA.

    October 5, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. john

    Glad he will be out there working for Obama!!

    October 5, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. Dgood

    Obama needs to call the Top Ten Oil Companies to the White House and demand they lower gas prices.

    October 5, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  8. Abe Lincoln

    Slick Willie can`t help now, it`s the corrupt ideology and policies of the DNC that are ruining America, not just that inept Redistributor-in-Chief.

    October 6, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  9. Natasha

    With all due respect Sir , isn't it time you retired.
    If Obama needs help from you that badly , he isn't worthy of leading this country.
    Your wife was the better candidate 4 years ago and Romney is the better candidate in this upcoming election.
    Obama has been an empty suit all along , he has weakened our country at home and abroad.

    October 6, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  10. fred37ify

    I find solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity towards my mothers race ! DIRECT QUOTE FROM BARRACK H OBAMA ! Barracks mother was white ! Want to vote for a guy that hates you ???

    October 6, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. doregroj

    Clinton is campaigning for Obama because he is paving the way for him to get back in the White House in 4 years. He is doing the leg work for Hillary. The democratic party will reward him and Hillary handsomely.

    October 6, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  12. dubya

    Heck lets elect clinton again!

    October 6, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  13. krl

    I think it great that bill is helping obama get relected keep up the good work guys!!!

    October 6, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  14. Name - National Tax Help

    It is really bad if you have to use an ex Presdient to get support since you have no results. It is also pretty bad when your best moment at the DNC & your campaign is when Bill Clinton spoke. Too bad Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton are not running for President, either one would win in a landslide since they have results and credibility.

    October 6, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  15. Jennifer

    Can Clinton debate for Obama?

    October 6, 2012 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  16. WallyG

    So, just how many of Bill Clinton's endorsement ever won an election? Check that stats! ZERO

    October 6, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  17. Megan Grawe

    ...If Clinton has to start campaigning for our inept president who was recently humiliated by Romney in the 1st debate, you know they're in trouble!

    October 6, 2012 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  18. rich

    ...wouldn't it be easier for the Democrats to run Bill for president instead of the half wit that they have?

    October 6, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  19. I hate politicians!

    Maybe Bill should be Obama's debate coach.

    October 6, 2012 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  20. souptwins

    Bill's still trying to pay back Hillary for screwing up her white house bid in '08 by lying about "that woman". They both know her best shot is if Obama is re-elected.

    October 6, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  21. Rene Escandon

    Barry's not really doing a good job,but what can I say or do us Demos have to stick together,still voting for him,have to.The big mess that the Republicants left,nobody can fix in 4yrs.So I'm giving Barry my vote come November.

    October 6, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  22. Jennifer NYC

    He's going to destroy his reputation for this guy? Doing it for Hillary's future, I suppose.

    October 6, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  23. NYVeteran

    Can he debate for him too? Obama better wake the heck up. Romeny won stylistically. His message didnt change, except for lying about his positions and convincingly delivering that lie. Lower unemployment isnt good enough? Saving GM and AIG getting your money back with interest isnt good enough. Saving the banks isnt good enough. Regulating Wall St, the cause of the crash, is wrong. And taking benefits from hte poor so the rich can have a tax break and deduct a jet is the right thing to do. Interesting bible those conservatives and mormons read. Jesus was actually a cold hearted banker in a business suit telling people they needd an opportunity, not to be cured, fed, or helped. I will be putting that same opportunity in my church envelope next week.

    October 6, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  24. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Hopefully, Bill Clinton will make enough of a difference to put Obama back on track.
    As one of the modest contributors to Obama's campaign, I was astounded that the President arrived at the Denver debate in that condition of preparation. What Bill Maher said about his million was the first thing I thought.

    October 6, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  25. pascal

    i just love president obama!!!!...

    October 6, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
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