July 14th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Obama leaning heavily on Bill Clinton for election help

Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

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Facing a bruising midterm election in less than four months, President Barack Obama's aides are putting together an aggressive schedule to deploy former President Bill Clinton at campaign and fund-raising events in key states around the country, according to Democratic officials familiar with the plans.

"It's a no-brainer you would use one of the most talented politicians the country has ever had," said one Democratic official familiar with the discussions. "There are few as good at laying out the contrast with Republicans."

There has been speculation Clinton might not be used that frequently because of lingering frostiness between the two presidents dating to the divisive days of the 2008 campaign. But the two camps tried to put any such tension to rest in recent weeks at a quiet White House meeting between Clinton aide Doug Band and White House Political Director Patrick Gaspard, according to officials familiar with the discussions.

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  1. danny

    i don't care who he get to help him in his campaign for him.i'll just give you my answer with one of bill clintons favorite sayings [READ MY LIPS HE'S AONE TERMER]

    July 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  2. Simon/Orlando

    Why doesn't Obama step out of the way and just let Bill run for President again. At least we would have someone with experience at running the country. Obama, obviously, doesn't have a clue.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  3. Annie Kate

    I pay more attention to Clinton's support of various candidates than I do Obama's. Clinton has the background to know which candidates will be best for the country and the goals of the party/Congress. The irritating things about this are: 1) during the Presidential campaign the Obama camp accused Bill Clinton of every low behavior in the book and now they want to play nice so Clinton will help them – pretty hypocritical of them I think; 2) Clinton is already on a project that his expertise is needed on and will benefit more people on a much more important level than this election work – the assistance to Haiti to rebuild and to do so in a more stable infrastructure and government. The Democrats and Obama need to let Clinton work on Haiti and leave him alone on the election.

    July 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  4. Jim

    He Can lean on Whomever He wants- Come November Incumbents are all getting PINK SLIPS with just 3words-
    YOUR ALL FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 14, 2010 at 7:17 pm |

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