Clinton ready to hit the campaign trail for Obama, says former DNC chairman

Clinton ready to hit the campaign trail for Obama, says former DNC chairman

Charlotte : NC : USA | Sep 05, 2012 at 10:27 PM PDT
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Sept. 5, 2012

If you liked former President Bill Clinton’s address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night in Charlotte, you’re in luck – there’s more to come.

In a post-speech convention floor interview with MSNBC, longtime Clinton associate and former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe gave every indication that Clinton will be ready, willing and able to hit the campaign trail on behalf of President Obama’s re-election efforts.

McAuliffe said that if the Obama campaign handed Clinton a schedule for the next 60-plus days leading up to Nov. 6, Clinton would do what was asked of him by the incumbent president.

Obama would be wise to make good use of Clinton’s campaigning skills, and judging from his on-stage animation and persuasive oratorical delivery, the 42nd president is itching to go to bat for the 44th president from now through Election Day.

In his 48-minute speech to convention-goers, Clinton effectively rebutted every argument against Obama and his economic record that Republicans made last week during the party’s nominating convention in Tampa.

Like the larger-than-life figure he is, Clinton brought an enormous sense of sheer presence to the Obama side. He may not be constitutionally eligible to seek the presidency again, but he is certainly capable of playing the role of relentless advocate for the man who is.

Watching Clinton work the convention crowd so effectively brought to mind memories of his 1992 campaign, when he and his vice presidential running mate Al Gore waged a relentlessly upbeat, optimistic campaign against President George H.W. Bush and independent Ross Perot that culminated in an electoral landslide for the Democrats.

The first president Bush, who had seen his post-Iraq War approval ratings of more than 85 percent brought low by a failing economy and a sense of social and cultural stagnation when compared to the youthful exuberance and can-do attitude exemplified by the Clinton-Gore ticket, was no match for the vibrancy the Democratic ticket offered voters. Clinton seemed to draw on some of that old magic in Charlotte, and those in the crowd and the millions of voters watching on television no doubt felt a strange but pleasant mixture of nostalgia and anticipation as Clinton distilled in less than an hour all the best reasons for giving Obama a second term.

Packed with outstanding, memorable lines such as “(Democrats) believe that ‘we're all in this together’ is a far better philosophy than ‘you’re on your own’”and that the Republicans want to “double-down on trickle-down,” Clinton left no doubt that he will do what it takes to help Obama win again in November.

After Clinton’s speech, Obama strolled on stage to great applause, shaking hands with Clinton before the two men hugged for all the world to see. Whether that embrace translates into an Obama victory in November remains to be seen, but even it doesn’t, fans of all things Clinton can look to the future beyond 2012. After Clinton’s rousing speech, #Hillary2016 shot to the top of Twitter as the site’s No. 1 trend.


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