Bill Clinton Campaigning This Week in Minnesota

Keep telling yourself its not in play. This is Obama’s #1 surrogate. Bigger than the Vice-President:

This is based on a conference call David Axelrod is having right now with the press. He claims the targets are a mix of “battleground states” and “states with strong Democratic bases” per Memoli.

 

39 Comments

  1. Utah Libertarian
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink | Reply

    I think Bubba going to Wisconsin is also telling.

  2. Philanthropic_Extortinist
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m not sure about Clinton’s pull on the campaign trail. He was great for the prez at the convention when he had a TV audience which helped reach undecides, but out on the trail I think he only speaks to the base. Granted, the base needs to turn out, but I don’t think this helps all that much. I live in MN and this state is totally polarized; so if there are independents still out there it’s going to take Obama or Romney visiting to create any meaningful movement.

    • Freddie
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Bill on the stump only talks about one thing that is his favorite thing in the whole world – he talks about Bill. Clinton is like bad luck when he campaigns for people.

    • Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Bill fires up the base….but also reminds those in the middle that “Mr. Obama, you sir are no Bill Clinton”. Which doesn’t flip voters to Romney but could discourage turnout.

      Hillary is going to disappear for a couple of years. Probably a lot of international work with the CGI and then she will come roaring back in about 2014 to kick off her campaign for president. IF Obama wins then Biden better watch out. IF Romney wins…then he better friggin deliver or it will be a one term presidency.

  3. Freddie
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink | Reply

    LOL! Bill Clinton is the kiss of death. Whenever Bubba campaigns for somebody – they lose. Clinton hates Obama and it has to be even worse after Bengahzi.

    • margaret
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Clinton slides in nasty little put-downs of Obama in his speeches. He has his eye on Hillary’s 2016 run.

  4. Kent Ostby
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Four good reasons for Romney to push into additional states:

    1) Multiple paths to win.
    2) Drain limited Obama resources with unlimited Romney resources.
    3) Remove potential of contested election (if Romney wins with 325 EVs then noone will care how close Ohio is)
    4) Help with potential coattails (Smith in PA / Thompson in WI)

  5. David
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Choice of states is quite telling:

    Why would you campaign in states with a strong Democratic bases? They must be concerned about WI, PA, and MN with Obama clinging to the slimest of leads.

    Campaign in NH, Colorado, Virginia? CO and VA are pretty much leaning R/R already, NH moving to R/R.

    Campaign in Iowa? When all four major papers in IA endorsing R/R, in particular the Des Moines Register, trying to give the impression you haven’t given up yet.

    • Bunker It Up
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

      David – any news on New Hampshire- last I saw was old Rasmussen poll R up 2- thoughts?

      • David
        Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

        According to Real Clear Politics, the average shows Obama +2. However, the average includes PPP and New England College with margin of error leads (+2 and +3 respectively) for Obama. Two of my friends who live in NH really sense its moving in R’s direction. They’ve said if Obama wins NH, it would be a very narrow, narrow win and probably be of the recount kind.

      • NHConservative
        Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

        I live in NH and there’s a lot of excitement here for RR. Hopefully, we’ll be turning Red next week. I’m working the polls on Election Day and will be seeing the turnout firsthand.

  6. valleyforge
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    No Florida. Thought they’d at least pretend it was still competitive.

  7. JAF
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    uh, anyone notice one battleground state is missing?

    NORTH CAROLINA

    which Ed Henry was just saying was back to being razor thin because one stupid poll shows it close- even though the last 15 show Romney with large lead!

  8. HillBilly
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    don’t worry dick morris said that this election is done :-).

  9. John
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just announced on TV that Romney/Ryan will be cancelling campaign stops tonight and Tuesday in Wis and Fla out of sensitivity for storm victims. While I understand the decision, not sure I agree as neither state is impacted and now is the time to keep the momentum building not turn down the heat.

    • Bunker It Up
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Agreed especially in Wisconsin

    • Chris
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

      As long as Obama isn’t out there campaigning, it’s not a good idea for Romney/Ryan to be doing so regardless of where the stops are. Obama will play the ‘now’s not the time for politics’ card, and Romney will look bad in comparison.

      • JGS
        Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

        Yeah but R/R don’t have a surrogate like Clinton to be out on the hustings while they try to remain “above the fray”. Not fair, like unilateral disarmament. Hopefully they can get Christie/Rubio/Giuliani + local people in each state to be out there campaigning, rallying, and staying in the news so that Clinton doesn’t suck all the oxygen out of the room with the fawning MSM.

    • Brad
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

      No one is going to be talking about politics for the next few days any way, so the last thing you want is for people to be talking about politics because Mitt/Paul were too cynical to stop campaigning, blah, blah, blah…

  10. HillBilly
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    as fair as I’m concerned this election is done. Very upsetting all the poll lying.

  11. HillBilly
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just being careful of the left wing media smart

  12. HillBilly
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    John this is a classy move trust me 🙂

    • TeaPartyPaul
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

      troll

  13. Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    To some + increasing degree Michigan is also in play – Team Romney had Laura Bush campaigning there over the weekend.

  14. HillBilly
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    this storm will help mitt slow things down where he needs them

  15. Brad
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    All this tells us is that WI numbers are softening..not that Romney is going to win the state.

  16. Eric
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Romney’s going to win. The question now is the margin. I say expand the map into more states and make it a LANDSLIDE! Then we’ll have a mandate to get rid of all of the things Obama has done. REPEAL IT ALL!!!!

  17. Matt
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mitt just cancelled his visit to Wisconsin tonight because of Sandy. I am so bummed!

  18. Ranger375
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Things that make you hmm…

    Just read that labor numbers might be delayed due to the storm. Unprecedented if so.

    • drsnsatx
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Labor is releasing #s as planned. Projecting 7.9. Fox Business News.

  19. No Tribe
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    President Obama’s Campaign Event in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Tuesday has been Cancelled

    • No Tribe
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Isn’t this a campaign suspension by Obama? Very similar to the stunt that McCain played out of desperation in 2008.

      • wholefoodsrepublican
        Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

        exactly — and it didnt play well at all.

      • Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

        I was kind of thinking the same thing when I heard it last night BUT he is the POTUS and this would be his job. He has already been hit HARD for going to bed with a missing ambassador, going to Vegas after a terrorist attack and for those with a long memory staying on vacation what was it 12 days without a single statement on the BP Oil Disaster…..he cannot afford to NOT look like Mr. President at this time.

        Romney’s plans could also involve thae fact that whenever a candidate flies you have the full arm of the secret service and other federal agencies, etc….if this storm is as bad as they say he could be freeing up federal resources to work on the storm rather than campaign. That was part of Obama’s idea too….first reponders, etc.

        My gut tells me you will see Mitt end up doing something that benefits storm victims, he wont go completely dark

      • EpiphoneKnight
        Posted October 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

        Mitt’s already using his bus to help the storm victims or some such

  20. Mick
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/248166/ Obama’s number 1 surrogate, Bill Clinton is going to be in Duluth, MN tomorrow. Duluth, MN with less than two weeks to go?!?! St. Louis County went 65 percent to 33 for Obama in 2008. For them to be sending Clinton to Duluth, MN, means that there internals must be horrible. And this is on top of a visit by Jill Biden a week or so ago. Man, they must be desperate if they are going to the Twin Ports at this juncture. This is an area that until 2010 had been in the bag for fifty years.

    • Kent Ostby
      Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

      This tells you that they know they are dead with Independents. The only way to win is to turn out the base …. hence lots of events on college campuses and sending Bill into a heavy D area. I suspect they know that if this area doesn’t turn out at a very high rate for the Dems (i.e. they stay home) that Minnesota is gone.

  21. MikeN
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Perhaps there is an intern in Minnesota…

  22. GLENN
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 12:26 am | Permalink | Reply

    My mother-in-law lives in Minneapolis. She just told my wife that a lot of her lib friends believe Romney is going to win the Election anyway, so they’re voting for Romney because of a bet with their male friends who swear they will shave their heads and go to work in a dress the day after the Election if MN goes red. I heard the radio guys mention something similar after Keith’s interview. After all, this is the state that elected Jesse “The Body” Ventura governor (the former pro wrestler who had a shaved head and also wore a dress a time or two back in the day). Stranger things have happened…….. We’ll see!

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