October 30th, 2010
04:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton takes credit for inducing labor

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton often causes a stir when he stumps on the campaign trail, but at a rally for Ohio Democrats Gov. Ted Strickland and Rep. John Boccieri, it was Boccieri who initiated the commotion when he rushed offstage to be with his pregnant wife, Stacey.

Clinton was in the middle of his speech at a rally in Canton, Ohio on Saturday when he paused as Strickland tapped his elbow and told him Boccieri's wife was in labor.

"His wife's now having a baby," Strickland said. "He has to leave."

"The baby's now being born, tell him goodbye," Clinton said to cheers.

Clinton, who in the past has been adept at witty responses during interruptions, like attendees fainting at rallies, had an off the cuff remark for this occasion as well.

"You'd be amazed how many times I take a picture with a very pregnant woman and she immediately gives birth like that." Clinton said.

He also gestured to both sets of grandparents, seated in the audience, and said "I would like some credit for your fifth grandchild being born into the world."

"We got another Democrat, I wish we could register that baby before it's too late," Clinton continued.

He finished his speech without additional interruptions, criticizing Republican fiscal policy and crediting Strickland and Boccieri with Ohio's economic growth.


- CNN's Peter Hamby and Jillian Harding contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • John Boccieri • Ohio • Ted Strickland
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Ken in NC

    Bill Clinton in 2012

    October 30, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. The Dude

    Call ACORN, they will get the little on on the rolls.

    October 30, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    Did he deliver the baby too? Was he there when it was conceived. Wow, this man has a huge ego!

    October 30, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. zon

    too easy. next!

    October 30, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Dennis

    He usually induces nausea with me.

    October 30, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. bcrunner

    Wouldn't have been nice if he could have run for a third term? Can you imagine where our economy would be now? Can you imagine what we could have accomplished with the billions we have spent on two wars??

    October 30, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. db

    Has this man no shame?

    October 30, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Bruce

    Clinton takes credit for inducing labor? What?????? Did he get another girl pregnant again. Geez.........LOL

    October 30, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Firey Buddha

    love me some bill!

    October 30, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. larry csehil

    Ohio's economic growth? Where?

    October 30, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. randy

    Did he induce the labor or the pregnancy itself?

    October 30, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. john

    Please correct quote...
    “You’d be amazed how many times I take a picture with a very pregnant woman and she immediately gives birth like that.” Clinton said.

    What he meant to say was...

    “You’d be amazed.how many times I take a picture with a woman and she immediately is pregnant” Clinton said.

    October 30, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That's too funny! Someone would question if Clinton is the father in one of those cases.

    October 31, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  14. Nick Jordan

    He has it all – intelligence, charisma, class, and guile.

    October 31, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  15. Connecticutian

    This is funny... My first daughter was born 12 weeks premature the night that Clinton was elected. A friend rushed my wife to the hospital because I was stuck in a long line at the polls.

    October 31, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  16. use the brain

    Bill Clinton induces heartburn. The man has no honor. I'd rather listen to Hootie and the Blowfish than Bill.

    Vote against all the kooks that forced through Obamacare and the useless/dangerous Financial 'reform' bill.

    October 31, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  17. Bob in Pa

    Well I guess it's better than him taking credit for conception.

    October 31, 2010 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  18. Vote on Nov 2 for Democrats!

    President Clinton is the best.

    October 31, 2010 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  19. Jeff

    I think we need a DNA test to make sure it's not his.

    October 31, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |