Do you look back fondly on Bill Clinton’s time in office, and regard it as an era of prosperity? Personally, I don’t really have anything to look back on…at the time I doubt I even knew what “prosperity” was. However, many Americans voting in the rapidly approaching 2012 election indeed do remember President Clinton’s terms as incredibly successful times, and this is exactly what the Obama campaign is going for.
The president’s re-election campaign announced Thursday, that Bill Clinton will be joining Obama on the campaign trail Monday, where the duo will headline events in Orlando, Fla., Youngstown, Ohio, and Prince William County, Va. With a combined 60 electoral votes at stake, Florida, Ohio and Virginia are arguably the three most important battleground states, and with less than two weeks until the election, the candidates need to give it all they’ve got.
During this cycle, Clinton has undoubtedly been one of Obama’s biggest surrogates. From stumping for him on the campaign trail, and appearing in ads, to giving the celebrated nominating address at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, Obama owes a lot of excitement to the former President. However, despite his numerous appearances and obvious support, Monday will mark the first time the two men will have actually teamed up at a campaign rally.
Clinton is seen by the Obama campaign as someone who can reach some of the voters Obama has struggled to connect with. In fact, a July 2012 Gallup poll found 66 percent of Americans regard Bill Clinton favorably, against 28 unfavorably. And those that in favonr include many white working-class voters; a demographic the President sometimes has difficulty reaching.
You can bet that Obama advisers are banking on Clinton’s presence on the campaign trail bolstering the Democratic base, hoping that undecided voters will draw parallels between Obama’s policies and the ones Clinton pushed when he presided over a thriving economy.
Not for the first time this campaign, I find myself wondering how close the race would be if we had Clinton back. Is the Obama campaign trying to trick voters into thinking this is what is happening? Because to me, it kind of seems like that is exactly what they’re doing. I know I was not the only one fired-up by Clinton’s speech at the DNC, but at this rate the campaign is starting to feel a bit like an Obama, Biden, Clinton ticket, when in the end, it is not, and will not ever be.
– Emma Woroch