Bill Clinton to hit the campaign trail again for Obama
October 5th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
10 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. GI Joe

    Republicans want to kill social security and medicare - THAT YOU PAID INTO. They will grab the money you haven't been paid back yet, and give it to the wealthy in tax cuts.

    October 6, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  2. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Why don't they just send Bill to the debates? At least then it might be a bit of a contest. Of course Bill would do nothing but lie, but at least he'd be able to do so without a teleprompter and he probably wouldn't just stand there looking down at the floor.

    October 6, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  3. Rob Lettenga

    Bill Clinton.... alone in Vegas.... I know there is a joke in there somewhere...

    October 6, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Meki60

    who cares – can call it – the 2 morons

    October 6, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Mark Taylor

    Bubba – love him or hate him, he was the very best President in the latter half of the 20th century.

    October 6, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. bill2000

    Obama needs more then this, Clinton should go on the road with Obama to all of the swing states, be in multiple TV ads, etc.

    October 6, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. sifto

    Bill–trying again to save the day! How many more speeches will he have to make to prop Pres Obama up?

    October 6, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. fouad zouri

    Go Mr. Clinton teach Obama not to keep his head on numbers but to listen and response I was very sad when he is wright but donot response .

    October 6, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. po po alert

    I have to say it ...but too bad Bill can't face the badger named Mitt.

    October 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Ancient Texan

    Obama is running on Clinton's record because his is so unbelievably bad! Clinton is campaigning for Obama in order to get support for Hillary in 2016.

    October 6, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Jerry

    It would be interesting to know who keeps telling Bill Clinton that he is even relevant. He is not.

    October 6, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. LonesomeDove

    Shouldn't former president Clinton be supporting his wife before his party? Clearly Obama is throwing Hillary under the bus on Libya, so why in the world would Bill be helping him out? It defies logic.

    October 6, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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