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. MaryM

    Thank you Bill Clinton.

    October 5, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. sharky

    Obama really is desperate to have his nemesis or frenemy campaigning for him, or could this be a ploy for Hillary in the long run.

    October 5, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Eric

    I think very highly of prez Clinton, and so do many other rational people, Dem or GOP. His involvement will surely help the POTUS.

    October 5, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Linda Miller

    Please get this message to the President. Mr. President you need to go after Romney with a fury, take the kid gloves off. Our rights and democracy is at stake. At the next debate call Romney out for the wolf in sheep's clothing he is. Don't just ask where the real Mitt Romney is, say to him, ` The American People Won't and Can't be fooled` by the 180 your trying to feed them. I'm doing what I can for you here in Kansas because it means that much. Don't forget to address the womens issues, and medicare. I'm disabled now and this is so very important. One last thing Mr. President, the penalty everyone is so worried and talking about. Let people know Romney's version is a tax which is the same thing. Thank you, Linda Miller. P.S. I have your back, so let's do this.

    October 5, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |

    is there anyone who really gives a damn what this perjuring grifter has to say? pitiful.

    October 5, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  6. belinda

    People should seriously consider that Sen. John Mcain, actually thought that Sarah Palin would do a better job than Romney at being a Vice President . That's right , he thought if he died in office, that Sarah Palin ( Clown ) would do a better job than Romney, at taking over the Presidency . What does Mcain know that we don't ? He's looked at his Taxes. Go to Move on . org to see what John Mcain really thinks of Romney , he calls him a Liar.

    October 5, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. Jack J

    LOL, of course Clinton has to help if Obama has any hope of winning.

    Democrats would be better off having Clinton run as the Presidential candidate, at least he can debate and of course he is a heck of a liar.

    October 5, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. cosmo

    Looks like Liberals are in a panic to have Clinton come out. Unreal

    October 5, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. jason

    This is a setback for GOP the losers.

    October 5, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |

    Papa Clinton at it again ofcourse. Did Clinton shift from left to center before election? Yes. Did Obama shift from left to center? Yes Is Romney shifting from right to center? Yes. One major difference: Clinton stayed closer to center, and Obama is sliding to the left... left... and even MORE LEFT.

    October 5, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Bill

    When you get in trouble, Mr. President, call daddy to get you out. Pathetic. You're supposed to be a grownup.

    October 5, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Rowen Rowes

    I'm a Republican!!! but I'm voting for the Obama/Biden ticket!!!!! Join us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. acutabove

    Nice of Bill to support the home team. Clinton is an excellent politician: able to get almost everyone to like him and make almost everything he says believable. I'm sure he will help Obama. I suspect he knows that if he does not he might loose his income as a paid speaker. But too bad Clinton is recorded as calling Obama "the worst president ever".

    October 5, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. optimistmiser

    Well, it would be really bad for Obama if Clinton was campaigning for Romney. Yet in a way that is what Clinton is doing since his reputation is based upon controlling spending, reducing deficit spending, and expanding the economy when in 1997 he passed a reduction in taxes including a reduction in the capital gains tax that thus provided the funding for the dot com boom.

    October 5, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. Ramy

    The more Clinton the better. The Obama campaign would love to paint Obama as Clinton 2.0

    October 5, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Orygun Duck

    Clinton ought to realize that four years of Romney in the White House and his wife would win easily in 2016.

    October 5, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. 2020

    Bill will tell the country. See, last month I told you that.

    The economy is growing, now you see it, and SOON ALL OF YOU WILL FEEL IT.

    if you don't see how sweaty Romney is, you know the country is going to the right direction.

    October 5, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Ramon F. Herrera

    Meanwhile, the GOP has GWB locked up in the basement...

    October 5, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. RobK

    unfortunately, every time Clinton gives a speech, Obama looks more inadequate. And Clinton has the advantage that he doesn't have to follow through on anything he promises, Obama does.

    October 5, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Canchange

    Gas prices going up forcing people to like green energy, $6.00 dollars gallon of gas,gas station closing, if they want gas got to paid $ 20, 000. Dollars, Barack forcing people to use mass transit,thanks

    October 5, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. bugmetoo

    Clinton should do his debate for him.

    October 5, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. clint

    Five to six trillion new debt all we need to know

    October 5, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Philipe

    Lol. Obama needs a Clinton after the trashing he got from Romney after the debate.

    October 5, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. Ann

    Mr. Obama knows he is in trouble if he asked Bill to campaign for him.

    October 5, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. Name

    Bill Clinton was a good leader Obama IS NOT. Mr Clinton needs to do what is best for the country he loves and support Romney to help save us..

    October 5, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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