October 19th, 2010
04:33 PM ET
12 years ago

White House Dispatch: Bill Clinton as powerful midterm weapon

Washington (CNN)–Former President Bill Clinton may have taken on one of the toughest assignments of his political career…trying to help congress stay in the hands of Democrats. "He's a tremendous advocate," White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

Leading up to the midterm elections Clinton has been on the trail aggressively stumping for his party across the country.

On Tuesday, campaigning in Florida for Senate candidate Kendrick Meek, Clinton told the audience "this is the 90th event I've done in this election season." He then explained why, with a grim assessment of what's at stake. "I've seen this movie before. If it keeps going, it doesn't have a happy ending."

Gibbs called Clinton "an effective voice for the Democratic Party," and "for the steps that this administration has had to take to rescue the economy, to put ourselves back on a stable financial footing."

A new Gallup survey shows Clinton has a much stronger appeal among voters than President Obama. 53 percent of Democrats say they're more likely to vote for the person he's stumping for, compared to 48 percent who said that about Mr. Obama.

Clinton's appeal extends beyond voters according to Gibbs. "President Clinton has long relationships with many people that are running for many different jobs on many different levels….we're enormously thankful," he said.

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  1. Concerned Voter

    Republicans wish they had a recent former President who is as powerful as Bill. Who's gonna help them campaign in the future, George W. Bush? LOL!!!

    October 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. gt

    they better use bill....obama is toxic,,,,american has got change,,, no we have been hosed ... what a utter disaster,....

    October 19, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    "The former president has become the Democrats "go-to guy" on the campaign trial this election cycle."

    That quote above was posted on an earlier blog and I posted but it did not show!

    OK POLLS – if President Clinton is so effective, then why are we LOSING??????

    President Clinton has been President for 8 years and TWO TERMS!!! President Clinton did GREAT in his TWO TERMS and it is now "how many years after he left office????" President Clinton also had ROUGH TIMES during his Presidential Years and who stood by him – AFRICAN AMERICANS!!!! Who was AGAINST him, huh, let me see – should I SAY – YES I will say – the RepubliCAN’Ts and mostly WHITE AMERICANS! President Clinton is a STRONG BODY and he still has Power, I agree!!

    Here is the TRUTH about President Obama. President Obama has been in office NOT even 1 Term and ONLY four years!!! President Obama's HISTORY has NOT been written yet and some Americans – with STM (short term memory) is ready to 'kick him to the curb'!! WHY????

    The FAR-RIGHT set the agenda for this campaign season and the MEDIA got caught in the ENTHUSIASM. All of a sudden the subliminal message has gotten through and Americans now have TUNNEL VISION!!!

    A POLL taken in this capacity is truly trying its BEST to put a SPLIT between Clinton and Obama – a SPLIT that DOES NOT even exist!!! The Poll taken earlier asked RepubliCAN'Ts the same question!! Who cares what RepubliCAN'Ts think about CLINTON versus OBAMA!!! Independents were also asked!! The Independents go BACK and FORTH anyway – wherever the FLOW GOES and you can't please them ALL. If you catch an Independent at the RIGHT TIME with the RIGHT MESSAGE, you win them – if NOT, you lose them!!

    WE – as DEMOCRATS – need to 'concentrate on our OWN BASE' and move towards the MIDDLE – My Case and My Point!! The DEMOCRATS LOST their drive – lost their commitment – lost the message – lost or failed to mention their accomplishments – lost the promise they made to their constituents when they were election AND, if they keep it up, they will LOSE MORE in 2010 and will be remembered in 2012!!!

    DEMOCRATS – stop with the NEGATIVE ADS and get the REAL MESSAGE out!! If President Clinton is 'getting the message out' then he's doing it RIGHT. He is NOT throwing President Obama under the bus nor is he KICKING him to the CURB!! He’s also NOT going against what we accomplished thus far!!!! LEARN SOMETHING!!!

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

    October 19, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. keepstufingthis

    He is also a very powerful liar and has the papers to prove it. Not to worry liberals, Obama is good and getting better every day and every time he opens his mouth. Hopefully he will soon be convicted and have the papers to prove what a liar he is like Bill does.

    October 19, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. angry liberal

    Clinton left office well liked because he tried to execute his liberal ideeas as best he could. Obama on the other hand had big promises and now we see he is more about the fluff and status quo.

    Obama to gays, hispanics, anti-war folks: you voted for me, now shut up and go away, while I pander to my wall street buddies.

    October 19, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Clinton left a surplus, GWB depleted the surplus and left a huge deficit and our country in a downward spiral with two wars on the table. GWB can't show his face and the Republicans have asked him not to show his face as he cowards down not taking any responsibility for the mess he created. These Republicans have treated President Obama in the most disrespectful manner of any president in history, they are like a bunch of thugs and I would never vote Repug.

    October 19, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Pete

    Remember Clinton,the Pres that left our country with money in the bank plus a solid economy. Remember people listen to a proven leader,hey where is your proven leader Repugs.Remember G.W.Bush,the man that got us in a war,spent our surplus like a drunken sailor,got us into the worst recession since the great depression.A PROVEN LEADER,Ha Ha,he's now in hiding ,somewhere in Texas writting a book,miracles never stop,do they!!

    October 19, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. les

    I just think that the american people are so pollight. How can so many people so dum.Rupublicant Have take you in to two war,high enmploment, next to ressasition.Two year's Obama is their trying to do is best to put American back to work,And the people of American except thing to turn around in two years. Wake up american and started to smell the coffee.Republicant are not for the middle class,are the poor.Do you people want to go back to the same old thing.Black, hispanics,get out and vote to keep your health care,middle class and the poor will suffer under republicant.American are two track mind people.Look at chaina !.5billion people, look at india ,look at the rest of the world,They all haveing problem,It doesnt take two years to solve these problem.Who are fit on the republicant side to take this country out of this mess name one.You american go into your self and think what youe'r doing.This will cast you billion of dollar's more.

    October 19, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. George of the jungle

    Clinton is a loyal democrat who realizes any improvement helps unlike some who if they don't see change right away will whine and be ready to throw the president under the buss. Bill has lots of appeal . He was a good president and all the right has to complaine about was his dalliance with the intern. Not so unusual really. Look at all the repos who have done the same. As a president he was great and liked around the world.The repos still don't get that. Vote all the repos out in November. They will do away with the middle class alltoeather if given the chance. Go forward not backwards

    October 19, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |