Skip to comments.Kerry aides hope Clinton's late arrival will swing states
Posted on 10/23/2004 5:54:38 PM PDT by Happy2BMe
Former President Bill Clinton will shrug off his recent heart surgery and hit the campaign trail tomorrow to stump for Democrat challenger John Kerry.
Clinton's eleventh-hour appearance on the US electoral landscape comes amid a last push by the Democrats as they seek to overturn President George W Bush's slender poll advantage in the last full week of campaigning.
Clinton will appear with Kerry in Philadelphia, in the key swing state of Pennsylvania. He is likely to make further campaign stops and numerous media appearances as election day approaches on 2 November.
Kerry aides hope Clinton, who is still popular with many Democrats, will provide a vital burst of energy to their core supporters. They also believe Clinton will help mobilise black voters who are a core Democrat constituency but have been lukewarm on Kerry so far. Two polls last week showed Bush doubling his support among black Americans and some of Clinton's future campaign appearances, sources said, are likely to be in black churches.
However, Republicans believe Clinton is a double-edged sword. The former leader is still a controversial figure in America and many Republicans regard him with loathing after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. They point out that sales of Clinton's recent book were much slower than expected. They also believe the more wooden Kerry could suffer from comparison with the charismatic Clinton. 'He can remind people of everything that John Kerry is not,' said Republican pollster Whit Ayres.
Clinton's reappearance has already sparked a minor controversy as it comes amid rumours he is seeking to become the next secretary general of the United Nations. Clinton has not commented on the issue. The current secretary general, Kofi Annan, is expected to retire in 2006. There has never been an American appointed to head of the world body.
Clinton's arrival on the campaign trail was delayed by his sudden heart problems which saw him undergo quadruple bypass surgery on 6 September. Despite his illness, Clinton and his former staff have already had a crucial impact on Kerry's campaign. Kerry is in regular phone contact with Clinton and often seeks his advice. It is also a coterie of former Clinton advisers who are credited with sharpening Kerry's anti-Bush attacks and rescuing the Democrat cause.
Clinton's team last week sent out a fundraising email, urging Democrats to pull out all the stops: 'This is the moment for every Democrat to look in the mirror and ask: "What more can I do to help?". Clinton will also be making TV appearances beginning tomorrow which will put him head-to-head against President Bush.
Meanwhile a Reuters/Zogby poll released yesterday put Bush two points ahead of Kerry nationally with 47 per cent to 45 per cent. Though there is a wide variation in exact figures, most polls show Bush with a narrow lead.
However, Kerry has been doing slightly better in key battleground states. A poll in Ohio released yesterday showed Kerry leading Bush by 50 per cent to 46 per cent. Ohio is the biggest prize in the US election and no Republican has won the White House without winning that state. Most experts agree the overall race is still far too close to call and that has seen both campaigns assemble teams of lawyers prepared to fight if the race ends in controversy or a tie.
Kerry knows he isn't man enough to win on his own, so he brings in the most corrupt, immoral and disgusting human to ever occupy the Oval Office.
Is he counting on hillary becoming president while he is in the catbird's seat at the UN?! What a rude awakening for the Dastardly Duo. They are SO over!
With any luck, his support for Kerry nationwide will have the same effect as his support for Katherine Kennedy Townsend in Maryland.
That's what Gray Davis hoped too...
Bubba on the stump. Hmm. That works only if he is running for office. The problem with Cliton is that even while supposedly campaigning to help some one he can only talk about himself
Sort of like an orgasm maybe? Sorry, but that is the only thing that comes to mind when I hear the name BJ Clinton!
I would hope that thinking American voters recall that Clinton was an impeached president who disgraced this nation more than any other before him? He and his clan were the ones who introduced bl0w j0bs to elementary school kids. And the democratic party thinks that he is of value? Sort of describes what a Kerry presidency would be then, now doesn't it?
You have to wonder just what it IS that Kerry promised to the Clintoons to campaign for him.
Bill has been promised the job as Head of The United Nations.
Bill Clinton looks more like Gerald Ford every day.
I'm hoping many Americans remember Clinton and what he did to America. He was truly a disgusting President who disgraced the Oval Office and because he was too involved with Monica, let terrorists attack our country. All I can say is that if I were running for President of the U.S.A. I wouldn't want this creep anywhere near me. That Kerry thinks Clinton will help him shows complete desperation on Kerry's part.
LOL, why not get Gray out on the trail ?
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After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and injured 1,000; President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
Maybe if Clinton had kept his promise, an estimated 3,000 people in New York and Washington, D.C. that are now dead would be alive today.
Let's hope the "Clinton curse" continues!!!
Whaddaya think? Do you think Hillary will make a beatable candidate in 2008?
I couldn't agree more. I still remember his speach nominating Michael Dukakis in 1988. No one will ever convince me that that was accidental. Billary already had his sights on the presidency, and poor old Michael D was in the way. Come to think of it, gee, that's sort of the situation we have now.
I must respectfully dissent from your comparison of the Golden Stud to Pres. Ford.
Gerry Ford may have taken a few too many shots to the head playing football, but his heart was in the right place, and considering what he walked into, he was able to restore confidence in the Office of the Presidency.
In my opinion, the only major mistake he made was in pardoning Nixon. It is interesting to note that, after he stood tall in the Mayaguez incident, no other countries messed with us during his administration.
After Carter got in, things went straight to Hades.
I freely admit that Gerry Ford had his limitations, but it is my opinion that he deserves better than to be paired with a man who is a draft dodger, a known prejurer, a serial rapist, and an opportunist who sold us out as a nation to the highest bidder.
The worst thing anyone can say about Gerry Ford is that his clock was cleaned too many times, and that he had aproblem descending stairs.
A simpler time - no oral sex in or near the Oval Office - no renting out of the Lincoln bedroom to high bidding enemies of the U.S.
I'd settle for a Gerry Ford over a Bill Clinton (or a John Kerry) anyday.
> Kerry aides hope
Sums it up. I wouldn't bet that Billy shows up.
See the CNN story at:
Key quotes are at post:
WJClinton is being pickled by history.
Eaten up by the gristmill of history
There are so many people out there who loathe Billary, that this is a risk. Not that Republicans aren't enthused about the election already, but bringing BJ Clinton into the mix at least makes sure we get riled up more than ever.
Plus the fact that BJ can't be looking all that great right now. I think thats why they didn't commit him to anything yet after PA on Monday. I think they have to trot his gaunt old tired looking butt out there and then take a poll to see if he scares children (still).
"Bush aides hope Clinton's late arrival will swing states"
Watch him have a relapse or something in the middle of a speech! Slick Willy go home.
Wow. I saw this vision a LONG time ago...still spooks me.
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