[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/01/art.bill.clinton.ap.jpg caption="Former President Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, at a private residence in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Tuesday."]
AC 360° Correspondent
Check out this itinerary:
Apex, Sanford, Lillington, Dunn, Hope Mills, Lumberton, and Whiteville, North Carolina.
Morgantown and Clarksburg, West Virginia.
Whiting, Schererville, Crown Point and Michigan City, Indiana.
Thirteen different cities and three states, all in less than 36 hours for the spouse of a presidential candidate.
Of course, that spouse - Bill Clinton - is known for his energetic campaigning regiments, but this is still quite extreme.
We've spent the last two days with the 42nd president as he works to make his wife the 44th. And, what's notable is how carefully he is working to stay away from controversy.
He has barely made any references to Barack Obama, although he did have an implicit zinger when he told citizens of Whiteville, North Carolina, "She's going to end this thing roaring, and what are they going to say if she wins the popular vote? 'I'm sorry, we're going to give it to the caucus states that are going to vote Republican in November?"
He carried babies, signed autographs and posed for pictures. While many of the people who turn out at his rallies say they are mainly there to see a former president, he tries to be self-deprecating; saying he agrees with a comment made by his daughter Chelsea that her mom will make an even better president than her dad.
During our time with Mr. Clinton, he stays on message and his staff also works hard to avoid unintended controversy.
At many other candidate campaign events, we mingle into the crowd after the speech with our cameras to get close-up shots of the "campaigner" - shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries with the people. But on this campaign swing, Clinton volunteers tell police to kick us out of the public "hand shaking" areas when they see us filming.
One volunteer even tells us the Secret Service says we can't be there. When I told a Secret Service agent this tale, he just smiled.
They've heard it all before in the heat of a sensitive campaign.
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