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Will Bill Clinton's praise help Newt Gingrich win the nomination?
November 28th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Will Bill Clinton's praise help Newt Gingrich win the nomination?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In politics, timing is everything - and Newt Gingrich might have it. Just as the former U.S. House speaker surges in the polls, he's also nabbing some key endorsements.

For starters, the influential New Hampshire Union Leader editorial board is backing Gingrich. They say he's improved Washington before and in this race, he has the best shot of doing it again.

This conservative stamp of approval could go a long way in helping Gingrich, especially at a time when many conservatives are taking aim at his views on immigration. Meanwhile, another influential conservative, Sarah Palin, could throw her support behind Gingrich as well. One report suggests aides to Palin say Gingrich is the most likely to score her endorsement.

And it's not just conservatives who have nice things to say about Newt Gingrich.

Former president Bill Clinton praises him in an interview with the website Newsmax. Clinton calls Gingrich "articulate" and says he tries to think of a "conservative version of an idea that will solve a legitimate problem."

Clinton suggests that Gingrich's approach will make independent voters take a hard look at him.

All of this has got to be keeping Mitt Romney up at night. However it's yet to be seen if Gingrich will peak in the polls only to fade away like other Republican candidates before him have done, but so far he seems to have some momentum the others lacked.

As for Gingrich, he may have his eyes set on another opponent, the one in the White House. As the nominee, Gingrich says he would challenge Obama to Lincoln-Douglas style debates. And he says Obama can use a teleprompter.

Here’s my question to you: Will Bill Clinton's praise help Newt Gingrich win the nomination?

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Bill Clinton • Newt Gingrich
May 13th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Would you enter a lottery where Bill Clinton is first prize?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Bill Clinton wants to help his wife pay off her campaign debt.

So much so that the former president is raffling himself off in an e-mail to millions of Hillary Clinton supporters.

Here's what the e-mail says:

"How would you like the chance to come up to New York and spend a day with me? Hillary's campaign still has a few vestiges of debt that I know she would like to see paid in full. Will you reach out today to help Hillary this one last time?"

This is the second time in the last few months that Bill Clinton has raffled his time to help his wife. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is not allowed to raise money herself to pay off her campaign debt.

The target audience here is not the typical big-time Democratic donors... Hillary relied on them during the campaign and most have already given the maximum allowed.

Rather, Clinton is appealing to smaller donors - you can give as little as $5 online and you've bought a chance to spend the day with President Clinton.

Hillary Clinton still owes a small boatload of money from her failed presidential bid... records show her campaign is close to $770,000 in debt. Much of it is owed to Mark Penn, Clinton's chief political strategist and pollster.

This doesn't include the $13 million personal loan that Hillary Clinton made to her campaign. She'll likely never see that money again.

Here’s my question to you: Would you enter a lottery where Bill Clinton is first prize?

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Filed under: Bill Clinton
November 10th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Can Bill Clinton save health care reform?

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Bill Clinton is accompanied by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (L) as he heads into the Senate Democratic Caucus luncheon in Washington, DC. Clinton was on the Hill to talk to lawmakers about passing health care reform legislation through the Senate. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Democrats are sending in the big guns to try and make health care reform a reality.

Former President Bill Clinton told Senate Democrats earlier today that there's no perfect bill and that the worst thing to do is nothing, adding: "It's important to act, to move, to start the ball rolling."

After the closed-door meeting, Clinton said he told the senators that the U.S. economy won't be able to survive much longer without health care reform.

If one person knows what's at stake for President Obama and the Democrats, it's Bill Clinton. His administration's failure to pass health care reform back in the early 90s is seen as one of the big reasons for the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994.

And now that the House has passed its bill, there's no question the Senate Democrats will need to find some consensus when it comes to things like the public option and abortion funding.

Meanwhile a new poll suggests it's not just members of Congress who need some persuading here.

The Gallup poll shows 41 percent of Americans say a new health care bill would make the U.S. health care system better in the long run; but 40 percent say it would make things worse. The poll suggests people are even more negative about reform when it comes to their personal situation.

What we don't know yet is how much the public's opinion matters. The insurance companies, large pharmaceutical companies and other powerful forces have a vested interest in defeating this legislation. And if the vote was taken today, they would probably win.

Here’s my question to you: Can Bill Clinton save health care reform?

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Health care
August 5th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Clinton's N. Korea meeting = negotiating with terrorists?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Critics say the U.S. violated its own policy against negotiating with terrorists by sending Bill Clinton to North Korea. Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton calls Clinton's role in winning the release of the two journalists a "significant propaganda victory" for the communist regime.

He says sending someone of such high stature - like a former president - gives North Korea more legitimacy. Bolton - who served under Former President George W. Bush - says North Korea essentially took these women hostage; and in such a situation, our efforts to protect them shouldn't create bigger risks for other Americans in the future.

Yet, after Clinton's visit, it's possible that a country like Iran may want similar treatment before it releases the American hikers recently taken captive there. Other experts say that North Korea will now expect dealings with a high-profile figure when it comes to the nuclear issue.

The Obama administration insists Clinton's visit was a private and humanitarian one; and that he didn't relay any messages or apologies from the White House. One top official says Clinton's trip won't be part of any broader negotiations between the two countries - or be tied in to talks over North Korea's nuclear program.

But the problem is... Kim Jong Il may not see it that way. For one thing, Bill Clinton was greeted at the Pyongyang airport by top government officials including the country's head nuclear negotiator.

Here’s my question to you: Did Bill Clinton's meeting with Kim Jong Il to win the release of two Americans violate this country's policy of not negotiating with terrorists?

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • North Korea
August 4th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Why did Bill Clinton succeed in N. Korea where U.S. govt failed?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Go figure. Bill Clinton waltzes into North Korea and wins the release of two journalists accused of entering North Korea illegally and engaging in hostile acts.

Bill Clinton met earlier today with N. Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

They were sentenced to 12-years at hard labor. Which in all likelihood they would never have survived.

The U.S. has been trying for weeks to win their release. From President Obama to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, all efforts have been rejected up to this point.

And then Bubba comes along and presto - the two women are free to go.

Makes you wonder what gives... The old expression is, "Beware of a stranger bearing gifts." And no one is any stranger than Kim Jong Il, the weird little dictator who runs North Korea and goes around threatening to blow up the world.

Nuclear tests, missile firings… he's a real day at the beach. And he refuses to even listen to the international community when they suggest he give up his nuclear weapons program in exchange for membership in the community of nations and things like food. North Korea has no food… But Kim could care less.

Recently this absurd regime had taken to calling our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton names - things like: "She looks like a primary school girl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping." They called her a "funny lady unaware of the elementary etiquette of the international community."

Now Hillary's husband walks in and walks out with these two prisoners. Very, very strange... But the women, their families and the rest of us will take it. Way to go, President Clinton.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say that Bill Clinton succeeded in North Korea where the U.S. government failed?

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • North Korea
February 20th, 2009
01:06 PM ET

How helpful is Bill Clinton’s advice to Pres. Obama?

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Is Bill Clinton's advice helpful? (PHOTO CREDIT: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It didn't take long at all for Bill Clinton to get in on the act. A month after his wife was sworn in as Secretary of State, the former president is out with some advice on how President Obama should handle his job.

In an interview with ABC News Clinton gives the new president an "A" for his first month in office yet says he should put on a more positive face when talking about the economy. Clinton says he likes the fact that Mr. Obama didn't come out with a bunch of "happy talk" about the economic crisis. He added, "I just want the American people to know that he's confident that we are gonna get out of this and he feels good about the long run."

And he had more pearls of wisdom. Clinton went on to say that President Obama should talk to the public in greater depth about the economic crisis, saying he should lay out the full scope of what's going on but end by saying he's "hopeful and completely convinced" that we'll make it out okay.

Here's the issue: this is exactly what many Obama supporters feared would happen if he brought Hillary Clinton on board as vice president, or in any cabinet position for that matter. It's the old "two for the price of one", and it's probably just about the last thing Barack Obama needs right now.

Here’s my question to you: How helpful is it for Bill Clinton to publicly give President Obama advice on how to do his job?

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February 13th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Regulating talk radio?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Former President Bill Clinton says when it comes to right-wing talk radio, it's time for "more balance" on the airwaves.

Regulating talk radio?

Former President Clinton thinks talk radio needs "more balance."

Clinton says the government should either bring back the "Fairness Doctrine" or have more programs that present the other side. "Because essentially there's always been a lot of big money to support the right wing talk shows and let's face it... Rush Limbaugh is fairly entertaining even when he is saying things that I think are ridiculous," said the former president.

This follows recent chatter from some Democratic Senators to possibly hold hearings on radio accountability, even though no one has scheduled them as of yet.

The Fairness Doctrine required broadcasters to air both sides of controversial topics. But in 1987, the FCC found it unconstitutional. Congressional Democrats tried to bring it back, but President Reagan vetoed that effort.

Several Democrats started talking about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine last fall, which worried Republicans and talk radio hosts. At the time then-Senator Obama said he didn't support the idea, saying it was a distraction to more pressing issues in the media business. I wonder how he feels now.

Nonetheless, just the possibility of hearings has been enough to get the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity buzzing.

Here’s my question to you: How would you regulate talk radio?

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Radio
January 14th, 2009
05:01 PM ET

Should Bill Clinton’s Financial Affairs Prevent Hillary’s Secretary of State Confirmation?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Senator Hillary Clinton intervened 6 times in government issues that directly affected companies or individuals who became donors to her husband's foundation, according to the Associated Press.

Should the Clinton Foundation's ties to foreigners affect Hillary Clinton's nomination?

This raises obvious questions about the potential for ethical conflicts that could arise in her official business as Secretary of State. Christopher Hitchens at Slate.com calls into question whether Hillary Clinton should have been nominated for the post at all.

The article points out that everyone around the world knows that you can get the former president's attention through his foundation. Not a problem in itself but when you factor in that he's the confidant to the would-be Secretary of State, someone she's sure to rely on since she has no foreign affairs track record of her own, it can become one.

The foundation has agreed to disclose its list of confidential clients and every year new donors from foreign states could be subject to the scrutiny of Obama administration lawyers.

Here’s my question to you: Should the foreign financial affairs of Bill Clinton's foundation be enough to prevent Sen. Hillary Clinton's confirmation as Secretary of State?

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March 31st, 2008
01:54 PM ET

Bill Clinton tells Democrats to “chill out”

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Chill out. That's Former President Bill Clinton's advice to Democrats who think the race between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has gone on too long.

He says that letting all of the voters have their say will actually strengthen the party.

This comes on the heels of two senior senators, Patrick Leahy and Chris Dodd, themselves Obama supporters, calling for Hillary Clinton to pull out of the race - something she says she won't do.

Clinton told the Washington Post that she would take her campaign all the way to the convention floor if need be.

Barack Obama says that Clinton has every right to stay in the race as long as she wants to.

Meanwhile - Obama picked up an endorsement today from Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota... he's also expected to get the backing of North Carolina's seven Democratic house members. Party officials say that Klobuchar, like her colleague in the Senate, Bob Casey who endorsed Obama on Friday, had planned to remain neutral. Klobuchar is also a superdelegate whose vote could help decide the fate of the democratic race.

Another good sign for Obama is a new Gallup national tracking poll shows him with an eight point lead over Hillary Clinton, 51 to 43 percent. Over the weekend, Obama topped Clinton by ten points which was the first double digit lead that either candidate has had over the other since February when Clinton was leading Obama by 11 percentage points. A new pew poll out today also has Obama up by ten points.

Here’s my question to you: Bill Clinton says that Democrats need to "chill out" and let the election process play out. Is he right?

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Democratic Race
March 13th, 2008
01:49 PM ET

Clintons’ standing damaged among blacks?

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Click on the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. Campaign rally for Hillary Clinton at a Dillard University chapel February 8, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Bill Clinton was once famously dubbed America's "first black president” and both Clintons have enjoyed tremendous popularity among African-Americans. That is, perhaps until now.

Last night, Hillary Clinton found herself apologizing to black voters. She said she was sorry for her husband's comments after the South Carolina primary, which Barack Obama won. At the time, Bill Clinton said Jesse Jackson had also won the state when he ran for president – a comment seen as belittling Barack Obama's victory. Hillary Clinton said she was sorry if anyone was offended and claims that's not how it was meant.

Clinton also responded to Geraldine Ferraro's remarks that Obama wouldn't have made it this far if he were white. Clinton said she repudiates and deeply regrets those comments, adding that Ferraro doesn't speak for her. Ferraro resigned last night from Clinton's campaign finance committee.

Apologies aren't something we're used to hearing out of Hillary Clinton's mouth. In fact, many have been disappointed that she's refused to apologize for her vote to authorize the war in Iraq. The closest Clinton has come is to say she regrets it.

Heartfelt or not, her apologies to African-Americans have become a political necessity. Consider that in a poll taken last October, black Democrats preferred Clinton to Obama by a margin of 57% to 33%. Fast forward five months. These days, Obama is winning as much as 80% to 90% of the black vote.

Here’s my question to you: How much damage has been done to the Clintons' standing in the African-American community by Bill Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro?
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