Bill Clinton to hit the campaign trail again for Obama
By Kevin Bohn, CNN Senior Producer
Washington (CNN) – A month after his well-received Democratic National Convention speech, former President Bill Clinton will be back next week trying to boost Barack Obama’s reelection bid.
Clinton will join Obama in Los Angeles at a private fund-raiser Sunday, an Obama campaign aide told CNN.
Last week, the campaign ran a fund-raising contest — intended to motivate smaller-money donors – with the winner receiving a ticket to the Southern California event.
“I’m meeting up with President Clinton on the campaign trail, and we both want to thank you in person,” Obama said in the e-mail solicitation.
Clinton, however, is not expected to attend a star-studded concert called “30 Days to Victory” on Sunday evening in Los Angeles. Actor George Clooney will deliver remarks at this event, while musical stars Jon Bon Jovi, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder all are scheduled to perform, according to the campaign.
Then, on Tuesday, Clinton will campaign alone for Obama’s re-election campaign in Las Vegas.
This past Wednesday – the same day as the first presidential debate — the former president appeared at a rally in Durham, New Hampshire, and later headlined a private fund-raiser in Boston.
“The only reason this is a race is that we’re Americans. We’re impatient. We want things fixed the day before yesterday, and the economy is not fixed,” Clinton said at the New Hampshire event. “I am telling you nobody could’ve fixed this much damage in four years.
“But the president’s economic plan is better in the short run, better in the long run. And the vision that we’re all in this together is a heck of a lot better than you’re on your own. There is no you’re on your country in the world succeeding like those who have a good we’re all in this together strategy.”
Clinton has told friends he will do as much to support as his schedule allows to support the president’s re-election.
In addition to the New Hampshire event and his lauded speech at last month’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, he has stumped on Obama’s behalf in Florida.
In the run-up to the November 6 vote, Clinton is expected to attend other grassroots and fund-raising events, but Obama campaign aides did not give specifics. Some close to the former president think his economic message is especially helpful for Obama in such battlegrounds as Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Hampshire.
“He has to win on Election Day,” the president told the New Hampshire rally, talking about Obama. “It’s your future. Go claim it.”