October 21st, 2010
08:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton uses sports to get out the vote

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton's advice to voters in Maryland? Treat this election like a sports game.

"If you look at the facts, if you treat this like it's a report on ESPN instead of the crazy food fight financed by secret special interests," Clinton said. "(If) you look at the facts, the tale of two governors leads you to the inevitable conclusion: I think we ought to keep Martin O'Malley."

Clinton, who was in Maryland Thursday at a rally for incumbent Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, said Americans should look at the facts as closely in this election as they do in the World Series.

"It's only when something has absolutely no significance to us - like the economy, the future of our children, the way the nation's going to turn out - (that) we say don't bother with the facts, I've got my mind made up," Clinton said sarcastically.

Most of his speech was spent encouraging people to vote and making the case for why he believes Democrats need more time in the majority.

The event in Maryland was the third of the day for the former president, who has been stumping across the country ahead of the midterm elections.

Clinton will head to Michigan to campaign for Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of the House on October 24.

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Filed under: 2010 • Martin O'Malley • Maryland • President Clinton
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. barry

    With 20% of Democrats and 70% of independents voting Republican it's a great idea. Get out the vote!

    October 21, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Using sports? But the GOP is using countless millions by corporate donors, who are buying them their seats. What I'd like to know is who do you represent when corporations, national and international, buy you your seat in Congress? Do you represent us or do you represent said corporations?

    When my senator, Johnny Isakson, tells me during the health care debate that he would never vote for reform because he has to protect insurance company profits, you can just guess the answer to the above question. I wonder what insurance companies are buying him his seat.

    October 21, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Monster Zero

    Just look at his nose, it is growing longer and more red in every photo op CNN runs. What a piece of work this guy is, I don't care what the pundits say about his intent, they are reined in, I am not, he is an evil liberal scum bag in it for his own personal gain.

    October 21, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Clinton is right – the DEMOCRATS will win and it will be CLOSE. Some of the races will go into overtime and decided LATE!! Some will have a RECOUNT and the difference is a thousand or less votes apart!!!

    The races are DEADLOCK NOW – This is good because young adults aren't polled and minorities are not polled – this is the MAIN REASON why the RepubliCAN'Ts are in for a RUDE AWAKENING!!!

    DEMOCRATS – Please get out and vote on November 2, 2010 – WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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

    October 21, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    Bill is a great communicator and he was a good president, liked around the world. The repos jump on him but they have no one with his smarts and personality. They wish they did. Remember when we had a balanced budget??? Not since Bill was in office. Vote the lying repos out. They keep putting on these false ads on Tv wake up america.

    October 21, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    I am still waiting breathlessly for a clear Republican answer to Deficit reduction ( the pledge is mere words) And they are trying to make you believe they can save $100 bn out of $800bn in the budget, the rest is almost sacrosanct or warfunding for Republicans...... no more dragnet and or Fibbies??

    October 22, 2010 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    Nobody likes to lose. One can lose with dignity, and even with a congratulatory cheer for the winning team, but we all prefer to win.
    Democrats know that they are going to lose many races on Nov. 2 because of Obama's foolish policies, especially those associated with spreading the wealth around. Nov. 2, 2010, is a perfect day for a dedicated Democrat to catch a cold or the flu; even a hangover would do the job.
    Just call in to the polls and say hoarsely, "I'm feeling a little under the weather today," and then bravely cough a bit.
    White House staff members, often good at word games, could also play Scrabble the night of Nov. 2 to avoid watching TV news.

    October 22, 2010 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  8. Marie MD

    We are voting for O'Malley. The answer to the ehrlich ad asking if we are better off today than we were four years ago is a resounding YES!!!
    Go back to lobbying for the rich ehrlich. We don't need you in MD! As a matter of fact, move to DC.

    October 22, 2010 06:19 am at 6:19 am |