Former U.S. Presidentendorsed Obama at the DNC last month and now he’s lending his star power to other Democrats running for the Senate.
The Democratic Party’s elder statesman was virtually absent from the 2000 Al-Gore’s campaign against Republican and former President, but he seems to be deeply involved in the 2012 presidential race as well as the Senate race by his party’s candidates. Being a two-term president himself, a global humanitarian, a rock star and the husband of the current secretary of state, , who has once remained a presidential candidate too, Clinton aims to polish his legacy a couple degrees more, appearing every now and then at Democratic events this election season.
Nonetheless, the former president admits his involvement in the 2012 campaign is more than he expected, but with wife busy dealing with foreign affairs and daughter Chelsea working for a broadcasting network, “you are stuck with me,” Clinton told the crowd in Indianapolis.
The former president was in Indianapolis on Friday to boost Democratic Senate hopeful Joe Donnelly. Clinton helped Obama lead Romney by several points in the polls after a bouncy endorsement at the DNC and he hopes to do the same for his party’s Senate hopefuls as well. He is proving to be especially helpful in conservative states, where candidates are not very eager to appear alongside unpopular Obama. With years and years of experience in politics, Clinton knows well how and when to make a comeback, a skill that Obama, following his meek debate performance, is struggling hard with.
Moreover, Obama needs Clinton to help persuade the white voters, working class and independents to vote for him, since they were drawn more towards Clinton during his bid and now towards GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
"If there's one thing we've learned in this election season, by the way, it is that a few words from Bill Clinton can do a man a lot of good," Romney joked in his own speech at the Clinton Global Initiative last month, referring to Clinton's convention speech. Obama himself has joked that he should appoint Clinton "secretary of explaining stuff."
Whether Obama wins or loses a second term, the president is sure to return the favor to Bill Clinton by supporting Hilary Clinton if she decides to run for the office in the future.