News broke yesterday that Bill Clinton spoke at the International Leaders Forum at the Stage Theater in Denver and said the following: “Suppose for example you’re a voter. And you’ve got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that person can deliver on anything. Candidate Y disagrees with you on half the issues, but you believe that on the other half, the candidate will be able to deliver. For whom would you vote? — This has nothing to do with what’s going on now.”
Here’s a video of the speech (a huge thanks to my friend Mike for finding this for me):
Wow. Because, Mr. President, that seemed to be everything of whta’s going on now (although you don’t agree with Obama on everything.”
Think of it this way: The following is a liberal-conservative chart of the candidates:
DP O C L | M H (M)B RP
DP=Democratic Platform; O=Obama; C= Clinton; L=Lieberman; M=McCain; H=Hagel; (M)=Where the Democrats say McCain is; B=Bush; RP=Republican Platform; |=halfway between a Republican and a Democrat.
So, if Clinton WAS talking about McCain, it was an exaggeration that he agrees with McCain on half the issues.
Do I think he was talking about Obama and McCain. I do, and so have a lot of liberals I’ve talked to (although, a lot of them are pro-Obama and anti-Clinton).
Clinton did say at another point in his speech: “For those of us interested in politics, it was an endlessly fascinating process already, and it’s still got some twists and turns between now and November. … [The purpose of the convention is] introduce the candidate in a new and different and hopefully more positive way… [to] unify the party and [aid in] defining the battle [between Democrats and Republicans].”
Former Clinton aide and Democratic strategist Paul Begala told The Hill (who broke the story), “He’s totally for Barack. He’s totally for Barack.”
He may say he’s for Barack, but will he actually vote for him come November? That I can’t answer.
If anybody can find the video of his speech, pass on the link to me (I can’t find it ANYWHERE). Thanks! (Again, thanks for finding the link for me Mike!)