September 11th, 2012
08:23 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton calls young people to the polls in support of Obama

(CNN) - On a relatively quiet day on the campaign trail, former President Bill Clinton stumped for President Barack Obama at a university in Miami on Tuesday, urging young people to register, then vote come November.

Appearing at Florida International University, Clinton called the election pivotal, saying, "If you sit on the sidelines, you are responsible for the consequences."

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"I keep reading that young people are not as sure as they were four years ago that they're going to vote," he said, going on to reference his speech at the Democratic National Convention last week. "I tried to argue down in Charlotte last week that that's a bad mistake, we've got a lot of reasons to vote and we've got a good candidate to vote for, and we need to get out here and do that."

As he did at the DNC, Clinton defended Obama's record on issues such as the economy, federal budget, and health care.

Recognizing that Tuesday was the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Clinton spoke about his own experience with the tragedy, plus that of his daughter and wife, who was then a U.S. senator from New York.

The former president said that his remarks were appropriate on Tuesday because the day is "being honored by service projects all over America, by people trying to be good citizens.

"And the most important thing that I can say today, before I get into my remarks on behalf of the president, is you just have 27 days to register to vote in Florida," he continued, adding it would "honor the people who have worn the country's uniform" to "be a good citizen."

"The least we can do is show up and vote," he said. "And when people try to discourage you from voting, which is happening in a lot of these voter changes all over America, it should redouble your determination to vote."

Clinton was also on the offensive against Obama's GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, and Republicans in general. He characterized Republican attacks that Obama had "robbed" funding from Medicare as "peddling that old dog. “

“It's a mangy old dog," Clinton said. "It's not true."

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Atta boy Bubba. You show those kids how this country REALLY WORKS.

    September 11, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. DENNA

    I think the Republicans should use George Bush to fire up the base. Oh, wait. Heck, the didn't even invite him to the convention. Oh well.

    September 11, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Oh yes, call for votes from those to young and idealistic, to know BETTER!

    September 11, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. GOP is Dead

    Young people appreciate President Obama's vision for a new America – offering the education, training and jobs required for the future and not those of the past. They don't want to just serve as low-level workers for the children of the ultra-rich. They want a level playing field where everybody who works hard can reach their dreams. They do not want to serve as cannon-fodder in a military force foolishly sent to war by a "chicken-hawk" playing Commander-In-Chief. Make no mistake – Romney will start a war to spend the money he wants for defense – much more money than the Pentagon is requesting. Could he be planning for that money to repay contributors in Defense Contracting? Can you say HALLIBURTON?

    September 11, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. trex

    ...............YOUNG AMERICANS.................LOOK OUT FOR THE gop...."man behind the curtain"................These guys BUY VOTES, NOT EARN THEM..................

    September 11, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. John

    President Obama offers a clear path forward.The other candidate says wait till after the election before i tell you my plan. I believe President Obama,Joe Biden and Bill Clinton.

    September 11, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Lionel

    Great job Mr. Clinton. Call out the Republicans for the lies that they are spreading.

    Mr. Obama has done a great job considering what he has had to face.

    The Republicans took 8 years and left a big mess for Mr. Obama and now they are complaining that he did not clean it up fast enough. The nerve of these people.

    Their number one purpose for the last 2 years in congress was to oppose everything that Obama wanted to do including those job bills that did not get passed.

    Send a message to these right wing nuts and vote for Obama / Biden 2012

    September 11, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. myviewis

    So it's Clinton campaigning for Clinton, let's use the guy more popular with voters than Obama to win Obama his re-election because obviously Obama can't do it alone based on his job performance.

    So it's Romney and Ryan against Clinton, Biden, Obama, Wasserman Shults, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Huffington Post, New York Times, PBS, did I forget anyone else??????????

    Wow, if Obama can't win with all these powerhouses winning his re-election for him than I don't know what would get Obama re-elected.

    So kids vote for Clinton.

    September 11, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Everyone should vote. If they don't, they give up the right to have any say in the government. We need more people involved getting their view heard. This doesn't include money.

    September 11, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  10. Knoll

    Clinton has betrayed America. If Obama takes this country down remember why. Remember Clinton's reference and hold him and his wife responsible. Hillary will never get her chance at the white house after this, never

    September 11, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. mikle

    Don't trust this lair Bill. Like Obama his HOPE and CHANGE is just bla-bla-bla, Some time we don't know who is president - Bill Cl, Bush or looser Obama.

    September 11, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. PTNY

    Put me in coach, I'm ready to play!

    September 11, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. Kemboi

    Obama is either paying Clinton of or has some serious information that Clinton does not want disclosed.

    September 11, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. jo

    You mean the uneducated, inexperienced people who get all their info from Letterman?


    September 11, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  15. Thomas

    It's there world , they better vote !

    September 11, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  16. Get Real

    OH MY GOD!!!!! I guess if Bill Clinton says we should go, we better go.

    September 12, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |