Bill Clinton and Obama Set to Campaign Together for First Time
by Jonathan Singer, Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 01:28:23 PM EDT
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.