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Bill Clinton Stars In New Ad For Obama

Bill Clinton is starring in a new ad for the Obama campaign just in time for the Republican Convention:

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton takes center stage in a new ad released by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign on Thursday.

The former president, who’s been a top surrogate for Obama this year, largely praises Obama in the spot and attempted to draw a contrast between Republicans and Democrats this election year

“This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation. That’s what got us in trouble in the first place,” Clinton says in the ad. “President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education, and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class.”

He later adds: “That’s what happened when I was President. We need to keep going with his plan.”

The 30-second ad, “Clear Choice,” will air in the battleground states of New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

Here’s the ad:

This is a very good ad and, given the former President’s popularity, it’s likely to play well for the Obama campaign in the swing states, as well Clinton’s speech at the convention. There is, of course, always a risk when one puts Bill Clinton out there that he’ll steal the spotlight, and there continue to be stories about continuing bad blood between the two men over the absurd accusations of racism that dogged Clinton while he campaigned for his wife during the South Carolina Primary in 2000, but this strikes me as a smart move on the Obama camp’s part.

Maybe Romney can have Bush and Cheney do an ad for him. Oh, wait.

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Comments

  1. C. Clavin says:

    If Gore had done this the world would be a far different place today.
    No ignoring warnings re: al Queda and OBL.
    Thus no 9.11…no Iraq…no Afghanistan.
    No tax cuts for the rich driving a massive deficit.
    No Medicare entitlement expansion.
    Eight additional years of sustainable energy research under our belts.
    I’m not a big Gore fan…but Bush was a f’ed up 8 years…that has left us f’ed up for some time to come.
    If Gore had embraced Clinton we could have avoided a lot of this mess we’re in.

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  2. Maybe Romney can have Bush and Cheney do an ad for him. Oh, wait.

    Heh

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  3. Al the Plumber of the Depths of Lunacy says:

    @C. Clavin: Sure! :) Of course, you conveniently “overlook” lots of other madness that was going in both parties, by the Fed, etc., etc., etc. — Plus, much of it had its roots in things that happened before Bush ever took office, and that Gore evidently approved of and/or did nothing about.

    I’ve done tons of trading since late 1994. After spinning my wheels for a few months, I then was profitable in every year from 1995-2010. I do lots of my own research. I know it’s bizarre, but I look for REAL CAUSE & EFFECT EVIDENCE, not drivel from the Govt/biz/media, “research” papers that “prove” what they seek to, etc. I’ve seen massive lunacies from Clinton, Bush, and Obama — and their parties. The patsy Bush, tho a screw-up, is far over-blamed for a lot of the debacle. Yet, somehow Gore was going to overcome all of this. Perhaps that would have been with one of the THREE personalities he showed up with for each of the debates? Or perhaps some other ones?

    Tho Gore was reasonable on some things, he’s just another LOSER. Yeah, sure he would have overcome all, or even much of this! Keep dreaming! :)

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  4. C. Clavin says:

    Al…
    No doubt there is general lunacy all around. That’s a constant.
    But I pointed to very specific items that Bush had major influence over.
    You can make an argument about 9.11…but there is ample evidence that the Bushies ignored plenty of warnings. And Cheney and his cronies at Project for a New American Century were lobbying to invade Iraq back when Clinton was still President.
    These specific things are driving the deficit and preventing us from doing the things necessary to right the ship.

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  5. Tsar Nicholas says:

    What’s funny about the reflexive and blind references to Clinton’s alleged “popularity” is that the chattering classes somehow gloss over the fact the dude never won even a bare majority of the national vote. Think about that seriously for a few moments. Even as an incumbent president with a great economy and running against an unfunded, 2nd-tier challenger, with no major foreign entanglements, a majority of the electorate in ’96 voted not to reelect him.

    The other elephant in the room here — of which the chattering classes likely will remain insouciant — is the list of states in which this ad will run. We all know about FL, OH and VA. Fair enough. But if the Democrats also severely are worried about IA, CO, NV and NH then they’ve got quite a lot about which to worry. Review the demographics. Do the electoral math.

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  6. al-Ameda says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    the reflexive and blind references to Clinton’s alleged “popularity”

    Hardly …. According to a 2010 Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 55% of those polled held a positive view of Clinton, while only 23% had a negative view, and Clinton had the best ratio of any of the politicians or political parties polled.

    By way of comparison, the Republican House of Representatives, which includes Paul Ryan, has a general approval rating of close to 10%.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42878.html#ixzz24OQtGxUV

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  7. An Interested Party says:

    The patsy Bush, tho a screw-up, is far over-blamed for a lot of the debacle.

    Hmm…so who was responsible for the debacle?

    What’s funny about the reflexive and blind references to Clinton’s alleged “popularity” is that the chattering classes somehow gloss over the fact the dude never won even a bare majority of the national vote.

    You are aware that Clinton has become more popular since his presidential elections? Oh wait, I made a funny, asking you about being aware of reality…

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  8. bill says:

    how many ex-prez’s are remembered for juking a load on an interns dress? exactly. clintons looked at kinda like joe biden- an aloof clown that represents a lame party with nothing to offer but bribes to slackers.
    clinton and obama never had to generate jobs in their pre-presidential lives, career politicians rarely do.

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  9. al-Ameda says:

    @bill:

    clinton and obama never had to generate jobs in their pre-presidential lives, career politicians rarely do.

    I guess this is a case of “both sides do it” right?
    Ryan’s been a government employee most of his life, and Romney made a career out of eliminating jobs.

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  10. bill says:

    @al-Ameda:romneys resume is impressive, obama wishes he had half the accomplishments. despite the rhetoric, bain employs people and helps distressed companies. sure, community organizers are important……just not at the presidential level.

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