- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
- U.N. rights chief: Flight MH17 downing possible war crime
- Attack on park in Gaza war kills 10, mostly children
- Calif. protesters to block Israel-owned ships at Port of Oakland
- Obama to give Africa $38M, but tells young leaders: Stop ‘making excuses’ for economy
Obama, GOP both counting on Clinton
Ex-president to handle renomination
Question of the Day
In an election campaign dominated by jobs and government spending, former President Bill Clinton — who oversaw a booming economy and the first federal surpluses in decades — has become a symbol of better times that both President Obama and Republicans are trying to tap.
Democrats said Monday that Mr. Clinton officially will renominate the president at the party’s convention in September, a prime-time speech that will go head to head with the NFL’s opening game between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.
“President Clinton oversaw the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, pursuing many of the same policies that President Obama is proposing and implementing today,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention, to be held Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C. “There is no one better to lay out the choice in this election between moving forward with President Obama or falling backward with Mitt Romney.”
“It’s always been a more challenging group for any president,” said Democratic strategist Steve McMahon. “But [Mr. Clinton] comes from that same background, growing up in Arkansas, and he connects better with them as a result.”
Mr. Clinton is the only Democrat to have won two presidential elections in the past 70 years, and broke 12 straight years of a Republican-occupied White House.
He never cracked 50 percent of the vote, each time winning a plurality in a three-way contest, but has greater popularity than most other former presidents, as memories of his accomplishments — such as working with a Republican-led Congress to pass four balanced budgets and welfare reform — have largely outlasted those of the extramarital affair that led to his impeachment.
Democrats hope that Mr. Clinton will energize reliable Democratic voters and, more important, sway undecided voters who were won over by his centrist politics.
Republicans, though, are trying to win those same voters and think Mr. Clinton works to their advantage. They argue that Mr. Obama is too liberal to embrace the bipartisanship that defined much of Mr. Clinton’s tenure.
“There is a huge gap between Bill Clinton’s effort to take the Democratic Party to the center and Barack Obama’s effort to take it to the left,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican who negotiated with Mr. Clinton during the 1990s, said Monday during a campaign stop for Mr. Romney in Virginia. “So I think, in a funny kind of way, having President Clinton at the Democratic convention may highlight the difference between the two choices.”
The Democratic convention should provide the latest step in a reconciliation between the president and Mr. Clinton, who clashed in a fierce 2008 Democratic presidential primary between Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
David Hill joined The Washington Times in February 2011 as a Maryland political reporter. He can be reached at email@example.com.
- Md. drivers could face eventual doubling of gas tax
- Federal appeals court restores Maryland's concealed carry law
- Md. bill would end student suspensions for mimicking gun behavior
- Maryland Senate passes bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana
- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell assailed on transportation
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- D.C. police chief orders officers not to arrest legal gun owners carrying weapons in public
- Tennessee Gov. Haslam slams White House for secret dump of illegals in his state
- CURL: Obama, staffers not even pretending any more
- Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan pushes back against cover-up
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- DeSean Jackson working on offensive cohesiveness with Redskins teammates
- Washington Times strikes content and marketing partnership with Redskins
- D.C. seeks stay in order striking down ban on handguns in public
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq