Bill Clinton and Obama Set to Campaign Together for First Time

During the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton delivered one of the strongest addresses on Barack Obama's behalf, and in the time since he has hit the hustings on behalf of the Democratic nominee. But now, for the first time, the two men -- the former President and the man hoping to become President -- will campaign side-by-side. Ben Smith has the scoop.

Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Barack Obama will appear together "within the week," a source close to one of the men said.


"Barack Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world. Ready to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Barack Obama is ready to be President of the United States," Clinton said in Denver.

But the planned appearance this week -- the source wouldn't say where -- will be their first appearance on the stump together. It's an opportunity to stage another symbolic passing of the party's torch, and to command media attention on one of the dwindling number of days left in the campaign.

No one ever said that Bill Clinton didn't have a good sense of timing. Coming out and stumping the last week of the campaign, and in the process not only helping bring home voters to Obama while also helping Obama own the news cycle for at least a couple of the remaining 10 days of the campaign, is simply huge. This race is not yet over -- far from it. But the more developments like this and the fewer opportunities the McCain campaign has to control the message, the harder it will be for John McCain to grab for 270.

Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, White House 2008 (all tags)



I hope they appear together in NC

well, I hope they appear together as much as possible, but this is key for the turnout game.

by tietack 2008-10-25 02:02PM | 0 recs
Do your stuff, Bill!

Now is the time, and Florida is the place! According to Gallup now Obama is the most popular Dem. candidate with white voters since Jimmie Carter.

by cmpnwtr 2008-10-25 02:21PM | 0 recs
yep, Orlando is the place

and Wednesday is the day.

by John DE 2008-10-25 08:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Clinton and Obama Set to C

Not to sound petty but I seriously doubt Bill Clinton is the one who picked the timing.

by Benjaminomeara 2008-10-25 02:45PM | 0 recs

" This race is not yet over -- far from it."  Jonathan, it's over Bro.  Game over, roll the credits.   The only thing left is the final voting in 9 days.

by nzubechukwu 2008-10-25 07:51PM | 0 recs


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