June 6th, 2008
02:12 PM ET

Should Obama ask Bill Clinton to campaign for him?

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

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

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama likes the idea of Bill Clinton hitting the campaign trail for him as he faces off against John McCain. When asked if he would be able to mend fences with the former president and if he could use him during the general election, Obama said, "Yes and yes” adding "I think Bill Clinton is an enormous talent, and I would welcome him campaigning for me."

But behind the scenes, Obama's advisers might be thinking something else. The New York Daily News reports senior campaign officials don't know what to make of Bill Clinton's "erratic and increasingly sulfuric behavior" on the campaign trail and many believe he's too toxic to be a high-profile surrogate for Obama.

One Democratic operative says Hillary Clinton will be a huge asset for Obama, but that the former president "needs to just stay out of it." Others say Bill Clinton and Obama will likely appear together in rural areas that had heavily supported Hillary.

It's no wonder Obama's advisers might be hesitant to employ the former president, once considered one of the most savvy politicians of his time. Consider what he did for his wife. There was South Carolina where he was accused of inflaming racial fears about Obama. He called Barack Obama's claims about his stance on Iraq a "fairy tale." There was the time President Clinton brought up and defended Hillary's Bosnia sniper fire fable which was totally untrue – after the controversy had quieted down. And just this week, he lashed out about a Vanity Fair reporter who had the temerity to suggest Bill Clinton has gotten angrier in his old age by calling him a "scumbag" "sleazy" and "slimy." Whaddya mean angry?

Here’s my question to you: Should Barack Obama ask Bill Clinton to campaign for him?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Sharon from Canada writes:
You don't know what Bill would say. Obama would be distracted all the time either worrying about what he said or correcting what he said. Jack, all someone would have to ask him is whether he thought Hillary or Obama would make the best president. Bill's days are over as far as politics are concerned.

Kevin from Warren, Michigan writes:
After the past comments Bill Clinton had to say about Obama and his campaign, how could Obama even think of asking him? If Hillary ends up as his running mate, Bill campaigning is almost a guarantee. Billary is a package deal. If she is used for other party purposes, Obama should not even ask him.

Terry writes:
Yes. If Bill Clinton were running for president, he would get my vote. Look what happened to Al Gore because he did not want President Clinton to campaign for him. He is a great politician and someone of great value!

Travis from Denver, Colorado writes:
No way. Bill Clinton has caused enough trouble for Hillary's campaign. Having either of the Clintons at Obama's side during this race is a recipe for disaster. Obama's whole message has been to set himself apart from Washington insiders; it wouldn't help to have a former president and first lady sharing the spotlight.

Joe writes:
Only if he wants to win!

Bodo from Ann Arbor, Michigan writes:
Bill's presence on the campaign trail would to the same damage to Obama as he did to his wife. But Obama could use him as a fundraiser among Hillary's supporters.

Josh from Ontario writes:
Why wouldn't Obama want the first black president to help him on the campaign trail?

JW writes:
Bill Clinton could possibly do Obama some good in those states I call "the new Mississippis" such as Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and perhaps Arkansas. Mr. Obama probably would not be well served by any of the William J. Clinton behaviors in the more normally enlightened states.

Filed under: Barack Obama
soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Yes, I'm sure Obama would love to have ol' Bill campaign for him. And I'm sure that Obama would love to carry a rattlesnake around in his coat pocket also.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  2. Bob L from Philadelphia, PA

    Only if Barack Obama wants absolutely no chance to win. I like President Clinton, but Barack and Bill are not Rock and Billy if you see what I mean.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  3. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    SURE! You need Bill to help with the Bubba vote.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  4. Tom in New Hope, MN

    No! You saw what he did for Hillary. Why would he want to campaign for a fairytale?

    June 6, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  5. RichLouden, Seattle, Wa

    No Jack,

    Senator Obama had the DNC break ties to lobbyists.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  6. Violet

    Simple.....no thank you.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Yes. Bill Clinton has played the role of pit bull when he was campaigning for Hillary. Now, it's time for him to play pit bull against John McCain.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  8. Geri Britt

    Jack, from look of things, I don't think this would be wise simply because I don't think Bill Clinton's heart would be in it. My God! Look at the gaff's he made just campaigning for his wife Hillary. He isn't the campaigner he use to be, though I'm sure he and Hillary still can't get enough of the spotlight.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    June 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  9. don in naples, florida

    Bill Clinton is a celebrity no question about it. But the candidate for change can win on his own. He needs no support from Bill Clinton. The Clinton dynasty has ended. Hopefully Obama will live up the the expectations he has built up in this campaign process. Although, between you and I, I am not really sure what Obama stands for

    June 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  10. Staci from Nashville, Tn

    Jack as I have stated so many times, it is not about one person. It is about all of us pulling together to get the U.S., back the way it was before Bush got in, maybe this has taught the republicans a lesson and for those who just decided to stay home 8 years ago, and finish watching, Days of Our Lives.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  11. Marian Atkinson

    No. He's done well without Bill Clinton this long, why ever would he want him now. Bill did no favours for Hillary - would he be any better for Obama. I don't think so!
    marian from Newfoundland

    June 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  12. Tom in Desoto Texas

    I have read that Bill does not like Obama so how does a person campaign for someone he dislikes. Then again, there's the old adage, "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."

    June 6, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  13. toby from sedona

    Bill should be offered the opportunity to campaign overseas. Like in Bora Bora.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  14. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    YES – in spite of Bill's mood swings, he'd be more of a positive than anything, especially now that Hillary is out ofthe running. He can train all his anger on McCain.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  15. Chris

    Obama should definitely ask Bill to campaign for him. I understand Bill has his problems, but Bill Clinton is still Bill Clinton who a large majority of the United States still likes. I feel like the majority of people who were voting for Hillary were deep down voting for Bill to be back in the white house. I only see good things coming out of Bill campaigning for Obama.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  16. Adam Mercer Oshawa, Ontario


    Obama might want to have Bill campaign in Arkansas, and then McCain can ask Huckabee to do the same thing and they can join in irrelevent battle again.

    As much as Bill reminds people of a good period in American history, I am not sure that the message of change Obama brings is helped by a President from 8 years ago.

    He could ask Hillary to campaign in New York for him too...it might help her with that Governor run a few years from now.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  17. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    NO!! Don't even give that a thought! Heavens forbid, Jack. Don't even joke about that!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  18. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    No, No, No, Look what he did to Hillary and that is his own wife. Bill needs to go back to whatever it is he does now and leave politics. He is a loose cannon, Obama does not need that!!!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  19. Terry in Hanover County

    Good golly NO! That poor man needs a vacation. He's dog tired. With Hillary out of the race, you do know what that means? Hillary will be home and will have time to reflect on how Bill hurt her campaign more than helped. Heaven help him. Hide the lamps!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  20. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    No! I know that if this were my time and knowing how someone truly feels about me the way Bill Clinton feels about Obama, I would not want nor ask them to do anything for me. His temper and resentment of Obama are very obvious and will only hurt Obama, besides Bill like Hillary represent old Washington politics.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  21. Thomas , Michigan

    No, No!
    Barack's stand should be,
    Bill' s become
    A liability.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  22. CarrieinSterling,VA

    Iwould say that's risky business, Jack. Who knows what Clinton might say?Also, if I were Bill Clinton, I really wouldn't want to help Obama after all the bad blood that has transpired. No matter what the Clinton's say-it's obvious what they beleive–Hillary was the better candidate-sadly Obama's strategy, not his substance -paid off.I wouldn't do a damn thing more than the bare minimum.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  23. Anne/Seattle

    Perhaps, inspite of what a loose cannon Clinton is, Obama must deal with him. I'd want a watchdog to travel with him to contain his less than dignified language. Perhaps Hillary's role should be to chaperone her husband on the campaign trail. That pairing could reign in Bil's oratory while preventing any hanky panky that might tempt him. Of course reporters covering the two will be from the newstand rags rather than major newspapers.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  24. Frank from Peterborough

    Bill Clinton certainly has all the credentials to make a great contribution to the Obama campaign but somehow I don't think his help with either be solicited or offered. Obama's best chance is to stick to change and the people who best exemplify this as a viable policy.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  25. Nicole

    No! Hell No! You never know what's going to come out of his mouth.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  26. Richard/Nh

    Jack, Obama won't have to ask, Bill will do it gladly as it would a perfect venue for him to repair some of the damage he has done; also it fall in line with a potential long term strategy of Hillary possibliy getting the VP SLOT, Obama not finishing out his term and then the Clintons would get a two for one power grab. By this I mean that Hillary would profess to the american people to what great lenghts she would " CONTINUE OBAMAS AGENDA", all along attempting to not only grab his base support but put the final touches on pandering to the African American community.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  27. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Yes. Obama needs someone to get the bubba vote.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  28. Ron in Indiana

    I think Obama should stay as far away from both Clintons as possible. They will only tear him down so he loses in November allowing Hillary to run again in 2012.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  29. Ted

    In Kentucky and W Virginia. Local media only

    June 6, 2008 at 2:29 pm |

    Yes Sen. Obama should ask Bil to help out. i.e. if he wants to lose the bout with McCain.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  31. Larry Price

    Jack-I say No! Maybe they can make him the Ambassador to Texas!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  32. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, Bill Clinton has been suffering from foot in mouth disease this campaign and we all saw how he hurt Hillary. He should appear once with Obama to endorse him and express his support. Then he should go back to his foundation work and try to repair the damage he did to his image and reputation. A quiet Bill is a good Bill!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  33. stuart-berthoud colorado

    NO. I believe that Bill hurt more than helped hillary during the primaries, and it would be even worse for the obama camp. bill clinton is a great politician, but this is not the best place to have him now. He probably needs a vacation anyways.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  34. Talana in Eugene, OR

    When the entire primary season there was nearly a weekly headline about a gaffe that Bill said, I think it would be crazy for Obama to have him campaign. Besides, according to Bill the only reason that Hillary didn't get the nomination was a big conspiracy... I couldn't take him seriously campaigning for Obama after that.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  35. TS

    Yes. At the South Pole.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  36. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: When Hillary has 17 million voters in her purse, what do you think he is going to do? But he is not going to do that for that reason. Obama is a class act and will do it out of respect for her and unification of the Democratic party. It is now serious business for Obama, not personal and he needs all the support he can gain if he is going to defeat McCain in November. The question, will Hillary support him with the gusto that she had for her campaign or will it be another "Al Gore" support initiative? The proof will be in the pudding.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  37. David, Orlando, FL

    Didn’t Al Gore make that same mistake in 2000 and he won anyway didn’t he – or did I miss something –

    June 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  38. Mimi, Silver Spring, MD

    Yes, its Pres. Clinton's punishment for unnecessarily making a fool of himself during his wife's campaign. He has to humiliate himself in defeat, and also, it’s his chance of redeeming the damage that he allowed his Hillary to bestow on to the democratic party.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  39. Victoria

    Should Bush have asked Gore to campaign for him? Why would he have someone that obviously hates him stomping for him? Come on, Jack. If you need help coming up with questions, I'm available 8-5.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  40. Jim in Cape Coral, FL

    Obama doesn't need to ask for Bill Clinton's help. The former President is an American and a democrat. If he's in it for the good of the party and not for his own personal gain he should find himself asking Obama for the chance to take part in his historic campaign before Obama even has to ask. Bill Clinton is still a very popular figure in American politics and would be an asset to any campaign even if he is a little flagrant at times.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  41. Matt Toohey

    No! If Obama is true to his change mantra then Billy Boy will only hurt him. I think the country has had enough of the Clintons.


    June 6, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  42. DeniseGA

    Bill Clinton only talkes about himself, as Hillary does. He didn't focus on her, during the campaign, nor stay on message. I don't think he would help Obama. He's a loose cannon!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  43. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    That would be about as smart as John McCain asking Louis Farrakhan to campaing for him! First of all, Obama has staked his election bid on bringing real change to the country. Bill Clinton does not represent change – he is part of the past and the Clinton/Bush dynasties that we are sick of and are more appropriate to a South American country. Second of all, Bill made some real gaffs that hurt his wife's chances and he clearly can't be controlled. And finally, as much as I hate to admit it, Bill is charismatic and a good speaker (when he stays on script). Obama is too, but I don't think he'd want to risk being overshadowed by Bill.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  44. Raj, Toronto

    Is this a serious question Jack? The guy caused his wife the presidency, why would he want him with his big mouth talking about how good he is when we know he hates him? Maybe in authorized places like his home state but thats about it.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  45. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Hillary and Bill come as a package......you get two for the price of one....If Hillary does, and she will, the question is the caibler of support Obama is going to get from both of them. Loaded question....with no excact answer.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  46. Bill in weber city ,va

    Bill Clinton i would hope would refuse him if he asked the clintons a wonderful people , I love them as much as any political figure sence The good old days of Jimmy Carter. I sure do hate to have to vote for John Mccain as i haven't voted Republican in 60 yrs. Sorry i don't like the way Cnn,you Jack, and some of the rest treated Hillary so you was responsible for me not voting for oboma!!!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  47. Lisa

    He should... to try to regain some of the respect people has lost for him... his behavior has been deemed very unacceptable... ,but not only for that reasons .. he should because he is a democrat and we should stick together!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  48. Bill in New London, CT

    Only if Hillary is on the ticket. If he chooses her, I think he has to live with him. But if he doesn't, and we're truly leaving behind Clinton politics for something different, he has to go away.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  49. Georgia Independent Voter

    Hi Jack,

    No, I don't think Sen. Obama should ask the former President Bill Clinton to campaign for him. Sen. Obama said he's bringing "Change" to the White House in 2009 and we ALL need to "TURN" the page.....

    June 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  50. Paul

    No. I think it would be misunderstood that he is campaining for Hillary and more power for the VP and a place for himself in Barack's cabinet.

    Paul AUstin, Texas

    June 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  51. dennis hunter

    simple -– NO, NO THANK YOU

    June 6, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  52. Lou Mullin

    Obama is a man. Clinton is a man. Man-to-man should straighten things out then Clinton would be an asset.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  53. Bill

    No Jack,not until all the field of other good people have been considered.Let's get it over with but do not be to hasty to pick.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  54. J, Pittsburgh

    Bill Clinton has a knack for saying the wrong thing, and certainly didn't help Hillary. He should just end his career already. Stick to the environmental stuff.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  55. Tom, Ft Lauderdale

    There has been a discusion of Hillary in the V.P. spot. I wonder if Bill would like a turn at being Vice Preident. Lets elimnate the person in the middle....

    June 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  56. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    That would be a Republican's dream. There's so much dirt on this guy, that Obama's chances would drop like a rock. Oh, and will Chelsea answer that question now?

    June 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  57. Howard M, Bolingbrook IL

    Yes, I believe that Bill Clinton can be very valuable to Obama on the campaign trail. But no deals, in exchange for special treatment other than making appearances to help them pay off their campaign debt.

    I believe Bill's presentations must be vetted before they are given and he must stay on message. This shouldn't be done if Hillary is vying for Vice President. It's clear that when Bill has a truly personal stake in the situation he is politically dangerous.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  58. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo, MD

    It would be a "roll of the dice" to have President Clinton campaign for Obama. After all, it may not be easy for Obama to assure his predecessor that this is the real thing and that he [Bill] is not living in the "greatest fairy tale that ever was."

    June 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  59. Jake Hillsboro, OR

    Answering with a question... Do you think Bill has run out of inane and selfish actions to screw up the works? If he does any campaigning, it should be on behalf of Senators and Representatives seeking re-election. It would keep him on the move and away from the presidential campaigning. Doesn't Obama as new party leader have something to say about his role?

    June 6, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  60. Greg ...Cabot AR

    Barack Obama should ask Bill Clinton for his support, his endorsement, his thoughts and prayers, his advice and his list of contributors......but given Bill Clinton's record of mis-speaks, quick temper and bad habit of shooting from the hip during Hiliary's campaign, (Obama) he should, under no circumstances allow Bill Clinton to campaign for him.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  61. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    Yes, he can be very helpful to the Obama campaign in connecting with working-class voters. But based on how much he helped Hillary I would have to say he doesn't want him free-lancing much.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  62. Miko Kansas city

    Yes, not only should he ask, bill should offer. He needs to put the hurt feelings behind him and push to have the nominee elected. He could possibly save what is left of his legacy by being a good person.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  63. Jasmine in Germany

    No, with the exception of a special occasion, and then only in the company of his wife. And she's to do the talking, he's to smile and wave.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  64. Brian - Trinidad

    Absolutely not!There were so many personal negative comments against the Clintons from the Obama side that the Republicans will score have a field-day pointing out Obama's hypocracy in wanting the Clintons campaigning for him.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  65. leevaughn brown

    Hey Jack
    In a word No!
    Cinti, Ohio

    June 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  66. Drew, Central FL

    He shouldn't have to ask. Bill should jump at the chance.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  67. Stacy from Farifax, Virginia

    Absolutely. He should also offer Bill the position of Secretary of State. We need a strong leader who is well respected around the world who will practice real diplomacy. We need to gain back the trust and respect of the many nations that have lost faith in America over these last 7 years.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  68. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Barack should only ask Bill to campaign if he understands some conditions:

    1. This is Obama’s campaign, not his or Hillary’s
    2. keep his pants up and away from all females-they would not want to give anyone a reason to talk
    3. Anger management classes must be taken before speaking on behalf of the campaign
    4. Finally bring back the Bill we used to love and respect before all this nonsense

    I think if Bill could apply himself to these and maybe a few more conditions why not let him campaign, he has won 2 presidential campaigns

    June 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  69. Tony from Torrington

    Bill Clinton was often called the first black president. I don't think Obama would like to be number two for anyone.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  70. Paul Cameron

    Obama is just a good guy. Trusting Bill Clinton, however, I don't think is wise. Unless, all of those Clinton remarks about Obama during the campaign trail was just an act to fire up the Clintonites. If 18 million mad women votes is what he's thinking about, I think he can just forget it. Why? They're what call the Hilary Man'Haters Club and guess what...Obama is a man.

    Paul Cameron
    Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

    June 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  71. Paula in Albuquerque

    That's entirely up to Senator Obama. And, while he's at it, he had better make sure that he still has his wallet!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  72. wally rehmann in las Vegas

    no can do, bills going to be busy running for top cat of the south pole, have you heard bill and hilary will be relocating soon, much to my delight...

    June 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  73. Ray Kinserlow

    Most definitely, yes. Bill Clinton is a relentless, dynamite campaigner who is still popular in many parts of this country. However, Obama should not be seen or photographed next to him or especially kissy pooing like McCain and Bush did on the steps of the Whitehouse.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    June 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  74. Andrea - Denver, CO

    No No No. As much as I loved Bill during his two terms, what he has displayed over the last year is in a word reprehensible and he could do nothing but tarnish everything for Obama.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  75. Rosalynd Florida

    I would say Yes. Bill may have gotten a bit testy during the Primary and made some low ball comments but I believe he can be an asset now. Especially with blue collar voters since they lseem so taken with Bill and Hillary.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  76. c

    Hell no he shouldnt ask Bill Clinton to campaign for him! for what? I think Obama is perfectly capable without either of them.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  77. Jim Hart

    Writing from San Felipe, Baja Mexico...

    Bill Clinton seems to be having an identity crisis, what, with
    no longer living upstairs @ 1600 Pennsyvania Ave. He seems
    to have trouble keeping rude thoughts to himself....

    Twenty years of the Bushes and Clintons is quite enough...
    Time for Bill to make a quiet exit... Obama does not need his kind
    on the campain trail.... Regards, Baja Jim

    June 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  78. M. Burke

    It is time to finally put both the Clinton and Bush legacies to rest. Obama offers a new approach but given the intrinsic inertia of Congress it is unlikely that he will be able to achieve much despite the rhetoric. I hope he can prove me wrong.

    Every election cycle we hear about the critical need to be independent of foreign sources of oil (energy) and between these cycles nothing of significance ever gets done. So all we can reasonably expect is "Play it again Sam" while we drive less, fly less, warm up ourselves less in winter, and eat less. Thanks GWB for making us "safer", poorer and colder.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  79. Paul Cameron

    Obama is just a good guy. Trusting Bill Clinton, however, I don't think is wise. Unless, all of those Clinton remarks about Obama during the campaign trail was just an act to fire up the Clintonites. If 18 million mad women votes is what he's thinking about, I think he can just forget it. Why? They're what I refer to as the Hilary Man'Haters Club and guess what...Obama is a man.

    Paul Cameron
    Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

    June 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  80. Ed Reed

    Absolutely, for the rest of the campaign...in Outer Mongolia!

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    June 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  81. Bill,Quarryville. PA

    I would because it would help show a united democrat party. I know if Al Gore could go back in time he would have ask him.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  82. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    I don't know, Jack. Should Siegfried and Roy have used a live tiger in their act?

    June 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  83. Natacha, FL

    He should.. but he would have to assign a "watch Dog" to follow him on the campaign trail. He is still an important political figure but sometimes his temper gets the best of him...

    June 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  84. Conor in Chicago

    Bill Clinton campaigning for Obama is about as smart as Bush campaigning for McCain...

    June 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  85. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    yes President Clinton could be helpful if the Obaba campaign adopted a Republican style. (i.e. use him in limited venues, to specifically targeted audiences and if at all possible with minimal or zero exposure to press. ) Otherwise I'd say let Hillary loose on the hustings and let Bill stay out of the spotlight.


    June 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  86. Caryn, Washington DC

    In a word...NO. I think that Senator Obama and former President Bill Clinton should appear together at rallies so that they can project a united front. But Bill Clinton's role moving forward should be that of a pretty face and quiet mouth...seen and NOT heard.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  87. Dennis in IA

    He is a great speaker – put him in the much bigger cities and don't over push him – he says the oddest things when he is overly tired. I know when my dad had heart by-pass surgery years ago – they had to try different medications to get him back to "normal". He would go off on tangents – like Bill but when they got the right medicines he returned to his normal self. Bill does much better in the bigger settings and letting him do that would help solidify the Democratic Party and help rake in the money.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  88. Phil - Aubrey, TX

    Absolutely NOT. He has survived religious onslaught of the comments from Preachers, and he does not need to bring the moraly questionable ex-president in.....Besides, Bill sure didn't help Hillary did he???

    June 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  89. Stacy from Virginia


    One cannot talk about change and have President Clinton anywhere involved with his campaign. Presumptive nominee Obama needs to fully break from the past and unfortunately, President Clinton is a vestige of the past that should remain firmly there, not be front and center today.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  90. Ray, Florida

    I don't know Jack!

    Maybe Obama should sent him to campaign in Puerto Rico!!!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  91. Emma, San Jose, CA

    It would be a good idea if Bill Clinton becomes able to graciously and selflessly show respect for Obama.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  92. patrick charles

    As a Caribbean citizen, I share the worl's excitement at both the process and outcome of the recent Democratic campaign.

    The possibilty of a change in leadership in Washington and a return to a favourable world opininon of the United States are both equally exciting.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  93. c

    Hell no he shouldnt ask Bill Clinton to campaign for him! for what? I think Obama is perfectly capable without either of them.


    June 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  94. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy


    It is Obama's campaign. He has demonstrated a lot of guts, class, and wisdom to this point and done quite well for himself. Who am I to advise him?

    June 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  95. Jerry from Fayetteville, TN

    If Obama can convince himself that Bill's antics during the primary campaign were misguided attempts to get votes for Hillary rather than an indication that Bill is losing it then he absolutely should get Bill cranked up in the campaign. Bill will do an excellent job mobilizing the base along with attracting independents – unless he has lost it. Tough call.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  96. Helen from Mifflin County, PA

    No, Obama stands for a different way of doing politics. Bill Clinton will not be able to grasp the changes Obama is trying to implement about campaigning. Hillary may be able to adjust a little better, but Bill Clinton was the crowning achievement for the old ways. He will do Obama more harm than good on the trail.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  97. milly in massachusetts

    No he's is too out of touch with today's politics. He also is much too volatile, and doesn't fit in with Obama's message.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  98. Shirley-Ohio

    Hell no, he just needs to go fishing somewhere. The have already started a smear campagine against him regarding his women. No Bill just needs to lay low and chill out.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  99. Patricia

    Bill Clinton will campaign for Sen. Obama & he'll do it without being asked.
    Palmdale, Ca.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  100. steven-michigan

    of course he should get the most popular (in demoratic party) and first african american president in history to help get him in the white house. when's the media gonna quit playing games and recognize that the people love bill, thats the real reason his wife did so good in the race for the white house. the clinton fans are for life their die hard, loyal till the end, thats why obama better start making them feel at home in their white house! where's the real question?yes he should ask them to be his vp's!!that's the only way i'll vote for him, unless he gets john murtha on the ticket.thats keepen it real in michigan!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  101. Ronda

    Jack, I think the Clintons have done enough campaigning. Although Obama has to be above the pettiness of the Clintons and say nice things about them, I dont think he should allow them to suck the life out of his energetic and enthusiastic message. Bill and Hillary Clinton are only good at doing things for their own interest and I dont think they know how not to be the center of attention! NO...Obama should NOT allow Bill to campaign for him!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  102. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bill Clinton should be at the top of the list in campaigning for Obama. Bill may have made some mistakes along the campaign trail but none compared to what George W. Bush has done to this economy. And let's not forget, when Bill Clinton left office we had a surplus.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  103. Judie, Las Vegas, NV

    No, he was a liability at times to Hillary's campaign...don't let him be one to BarracK Obama's.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  104. Sharon from Virginia

    No, Barack should not ask Bill to campaign for him.

    Why is it so important to have the Clinton clan work for Barack...he managed to get elected to the Senate without the Clinton Clan. They are not the end all. I have nothing against the Clinton's other than at this point they are soar losers and everyone wants to make them happppppy by putting them(their name) ahead of Barack Obama. Enough is Enough already. He has the nomination and all I keep reading about are the Clinton's.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  105. Gil So.Cal

    Jack it could hope.But only with a short chain on him...

    June 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  106. Ralph in New York

    Yes, Jack. In spite of some of the problems he may have made during the primaries, Bill is liked by the voters, members of
    Congress and many heads of countries abroad. The only concern I have is that he may try to campaign for his wife harder than he does for Obama, and/or he may look for some way to sabotage Barack should he indeed be voted the Democratic Presidential Candidate.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  107. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    Oh please no – just when I thought we were rid of him. He's a man that never got through his mid-life crises.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  108. jack

    Only if Bill Clinton's mouth has a delete button attached.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  109. Carole Luciano

    I definitely do not think Bill should campaign for anyone! He already ruined it for his wife. He purposely sabatoged her and said things he
    knows he should not have said. Voters don't want to see him in the White House again and disgrace us. Hillary has does so much for women of all ages and how dare he try to tear her down. Shame on him. I applaud Obama for saying his two little girls will look at women in a different lights thanks to Hillary Clinton, bravo for him. Her many years of hard work came down to this: " her own husband disrespecting her."

    June 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  110. Judie

    Obama is supposed to be about new politics he should leave the old mud slinging , divisive, irratic, egotistical Clintons' in New York. A lot of everyday people voted against the Clintons and their ways and means of getting things done their way and want to see them fade into the sunset. They voted for a new kind of polotics and that does not include the Clintons'. Besides they are not to be trusted in any way shape or form to campaign for Obama I believe they would campaign against him and keep on lamenting about how poor old female Hillary was deprived of what she thought belonged to her. They are so yesterdays news, if only the newspeople would just ignore them maybe they would go away.
    St. Augustine, Fl

    June 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  111. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Absolutey. Look how well he helped Gore win.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  112. Chryssa

    Um, let me this about this for a second NO.

    Boise, ID

    June 6, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  113. Sharon

    he can ask, but why should Pres. Clinton help someone who called him a racist. He needs the Clinton's but they won't need him in 4 years.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  114. Bill,Al.

    Dear Jack! Hillary should run on an Independent ticket ,and Bill should help "her" ! After all,"she" won the largest popular vote in the "History "of Primaries,and without a positive word of help from the media,I might add.. and dispite the disenfranchisement of her core constituency,by the DNC. Obama would be the luckiest man in the world at the prospect of either,much less ,both!

    June 6, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  115. Penny

    After the meeting last night between Clinton and Obama, I would say that there is a huge possibility that Clinton will be the Democratic VP candidate.

    So, with that in mind, yes I think that Bill should campaign for Obama.

    Regardless what the media and pundits try to say, Clinton's presidency was a time of prosperity and peace which millions of people remember all over the world and his involvement in Obama's campaign will be very helpful to the Democrats winning the White House.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  116. Michael Smith, New Orleans

    Jack, are you kidding? Isn't that what killed Hillary's campaign?

    June 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  117. Carlos

    Are you nuts.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  118. Kay in WV

    If he's going to keep comparing his campaign to Bill Clinton's first run, then yes he should ask Bill to campaign for him.

    If his general election tactics are going to be different, then no he shouldn't use Bill.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  119. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    Tell Obama to ask Al Gore what happens if he gets too arrogant and does not ask Bill Clinton to campaign for him.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  120. Ken

    I think he should ask. Then Bill should say please thank your campaign for twisting and putting spin on all my statements. No I am not a raceist why else would i have done so much to aide Africa? Why did attach me personally during debates instead of answering the questions? Do u really believe your Disneyland view of politics are going to get you anywhere? I dont good luck and maybe Rev. Wright is available to campaign for you.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  121. Suzanne Rode

    Yes. But only under a few conditions. Small out of the way venues, where there is absolutely no chance of anything Bill has to say being recorded-I know Mars, Venus, Jupiter....

    June 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  122. D.J.Lauter

    No way!!!! Obama must find someone honest to speak in his behalf. The Clintons are not believable to Obama supporters. You are judged by the people you hang around, and Obama doesn't need them. He won because of his ability, while all along he was bucking both of them and their daughter, so why should he pick an underdog to speak for him?.
    Wouldn't they be hypocrits, since Hillary stated that only her and McCain are qualified to be president?
    D. Lauter

    June 6, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  123. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Oh, I see: President Clinton was the bad guy during the primaries but now he is fine when your candidate needs help??? This is hilarious.

    If I were the President I would tell Obama to go fly a kite! Obama couldn’t beat McCain if Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy were to campaign for him!! He wanted the nomination, now let him try to win – this is a far different game from here on.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  124. Old Mary, Fairhope AL

    Perhaps he should ask Bill to be his veep. That might work in his favor if Hillary hasn't damaged her husband's image to the breaking point in this campaign. Wouldn't that put an egg or two on Hillary's face.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  125. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    Definitely. Hillary Clinton can be trusted to not stir up controversy while campaigning on her for Barack Obama but perhaps President Clinton cannot. Bill Clinton should not appear on his own. He should play support to either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama at events, but should not host them on his own. I can't help but think he's still got the same passion for politics that he always had, and he just can't resist one more hurrah. He's wildly popular and using him is a risk I'd be willing to take.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  126. Susie, Corning, OH

    No. Who knows what he will say? And Barack is getting away from the DC insiders, so he needs to stay as far away from Bill as he can. I don't want Barack to have to explain any of Bill's "misspokes"

    June 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  127. Jenny


    Only if George II campaigns with McCain.

    Of all of the many Presidents we have had these lase two bozos are by far the worst two in history. If both of these men are as smart as I suspect they are, they will stay as far away from Bill, Hillary and George II as humanly possible.

    Jenny Rome GA

    June 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  128. Susan- Dallas Texas

    I have the feeling that Bill would more than likely bring some unwanted Drama with him on the campaign trail and who needs another distraction? Barack Obama's all about character and class and as of late Bill's been nothing but a tactless, ticking time bomb.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  129. Chuck in Eugene Oregon


    An absolute NO. Although he is a big draw in some areas, his mouth is a strong negative. I do not belive Bill Clinton can be trusted to stay on topic let alone stop trying to gain the lime light.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  130. Steph, FL

    Not without someone from Obama's campaign supervising Bill to make sure hedon't slip up and say... "I believe an Obama and Hillary ticket would be wonderful, what you think?" Can you just imagine all the things Obama would have to explain for Bill's comments.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  131. Vinnie Vino

    Why not, in order to remind the voters of the country they were economically better off in the 90's then they wore in the first decade of 2000 during the Bush Presidency. How the election of McSame will continue the dismal economic policies of the latter...

    C.I., New York

    June 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  132. Marty, Idaho

    He should, but only in certain places under certain terms, determined by Obama.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  133. Kevin Mass

    Only if he can play nice. Bill said alot of bad things about Barrack. I would trad lightly and be carefull with just how and where I used him.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  134. Jed in Redding, CA

    Why would an agent of change who touts transparency and honesty in Washington want to be represented by an acknowledged adulterer who lied under oath and was subsequently both disbarred and impeached.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  135. Karl in CA

    In limited scripted doses he can be an asset, but we all know Bill don't read scripts too well so mixing him with the Bubbas will work, but keep him away from the rest of the civilized population. Let Hillary help with the blue collar crowd which is her expertise.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  136. Joan, Pgh. PA

    Why Why Why can't we get away from the Clintons? Their control of, and power over, the Democratic Party has ebbed away. The primary was a painful reminder of what we disliked about the Clinton years.

    Barack sends such a powerful and dignified message for our future, and I for one, don't want it dilluted, muddied or drawn off course by people who haven't shown they support him..... no matter how powerful they once were.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  137. Ray M.

    Bill Clinton's antics on the campaign trail have both hurt Hillary Clinton's run for the nomination and tranished his own Presidential reputation.

    Only if Obama wishes to lose should he focus on utilizing Bill Clinton.

    Ray M.
    Oviedo, FL

    June 6, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  138. Jerry,OK

    It's a no-brainer! Why?... Let us count the ways: sixty percent approval rating, only Democrat to win the White House in the past twenty seven years...twice, history of winning the swing states, husband of the women who has eighteen million supporters...

    Jerry N/Tulsa

    June 6, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  139. BOB, VA

    N-E-V-E-R !!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  140. A Kraft Naples, FL

    send him with Hillary to out of the way areas on states where he is still popular...that is it...

    June 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  141. Bill

    Yes Bill can make a fool out of both of them.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  142. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    Yes but only in Outer Mongolia. He has become very toxic lately.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  143. Lissa in Montreal

    Yes. He should ask Bill to campaign on the Republican stump. That should cinch the Presidential election for Obama.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  144. Paul in Phoenix

    A big NOOOOOO!!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  145. Travis ( In the real world)

    NO NO NO...he's nothing but trouble...Obama can get elected without Bubba and Billary. That's like letting the fox into the henhouse.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  146. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    Well Jack, unfortunately they belong to the same party, so the hard to swallow answer is yes. I wish someone would go independent so we can better define our national parties of which then would give our voters a choice of candidates rather than something shoved down our throats.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  147. Josh, Ontario

    Why wouldn't Obama want the first black president to help him on the campaign trail?

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  148. Kyle

    Absolutely! Yes he has his pitfalls but he is an excellent campaigner.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  149. Marsha Mitchell

    Yes! Bill Clinton would be an asset to have on the team!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  150. Nicole

    It would help to unify the party, however I dont think that Bill would be sincere about, and it would put more pressure on Barak to make Hillary the VP. That would be disasterous

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  151. Sharon Rouzier

    Absolutely Not – we can't 100% say he was beneficial to Hillary I can't see what positive he can bring to Barak. It if ain't broke don't fix it – we don't need Bill Clinton campaigning for Obama for President – hopefully Obama's campaign will feel the same way.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  152. Karen J. from Rocklin, Ca

    Absolutely not!!! I can hear him telling voters to wait until 2012 when Hillary will run again because well she really was the primary winner as far as popular votes Agh!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  153. Juhi 10 years old

    And pigs fly.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  154. Chirag Patel

    Obama needs all the Clinton help he can get against McCain. If Obama wants to win in November, he's going to have to put Hillary as his VP on the ticket, and put Bill on the campaign trail out in the rural areas where Hillary won. Otherwise, Obama's going to have a hard time connecting with Hillary's constituencies–especially those who are already swaying towards McCain.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  155. Nick, District of Columbia

    In two words, HELL NO!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  156. Louise from Oregon

    Bill Clinton should be asked to campaign for Obama only if they want the Republicans to win. Any reminder of the final Clinton White House days are disgusting and turn my vote into a Republican vote!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  157. Wayne R.

    I don't back Obama but common sense dictates that Bill Clinton would be a detriment. On second thought, yes, have Bill campaign!

    Wayne R.
    Douglassville, PA

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  158. Bethany in Nashville

    No, Sen. Obama absolutely should not ask Bill Clinton to campaign for him.

    Bill Clinton should ask Sen. Obama if he could have the pleasure of doing so... and only when kept on a short, monitored leash.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  159. ray

    Yes. Bill should definitely campaign. For the next 5 months in the bottom of a mine in West Virginia.


    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  160. Deborah from North Carolina

    Yes definitely . . . in Puerto Rico!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  161. Joe Hanon

    Only if he wants to win !

    June 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  162. Sylvester

    No answer. But I will say that, Barack must do what it takes (outside of changing his message) to get his name & agenda to the public. Bill Clinton should be considered.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  163. Alex

    No he should, he ruined Hillary's campaign and I don't want him to ruin Obama's campaign.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  164. Shawn Anderson

    I feel Bill wil take it upon himself to do it if he really wants to...but from recent news in the media Bill isn't so popular...so its not a good look on Obama's behalf.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  165. Warren of Georgia

    No , and Barack can win on his own, I think the numbers will bare that as previous candidates also had a problem with the women vote. Barack needs to keep his message of change. Time to end the Clinton era. "Politics as usual" . Jack these people that won't vote for Barack because he is Black as 22% of the WV voters admitted , also need to think about positive Black contributions in America. Rather that hurt everyone voting for McCain. Bill and Hillary will not go hungry.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  166. Janice in Atlanta

    No. His negative attitude would not help senetor obama.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  167. Char Easterday

    Absolutely Bill Clinton should campaign for Barack Obama. It is the ONLY way he will win. Without HIllary as the Vice President chioce, my vote goes to John McCain. Barack Obama just does not have the experience to fill the oval office.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  168. Debra Rich, Washington, DC

    Yes I think Obama should include Bill Clinton in campaigning for him. It will show Obama has no ill will towards both Bill and Hillary. Secondly, it was Bill Clinton who said; "I waited a long time for an African American to run for office; I just didn't think it would be against my wife." He would be a part of something he has looked forward to, and it would be a shamed if he wasn't a part of this history.

    This would give him a chance to make up for some of those things he said during the primairies. Besides Bill Clinton is a great campaigner when he is on a winning team; it would be like a phoenix rising up out of the ashes of his wife's campaign. Not to mention he should help elect the first real Black President since he was thought of as the first black President. He has always been there for us before he ought to be ther for us now.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  169. Jesse


    I think Bill CAN be an asset but only if they parachute him into Appalachia and don't let him leave until after the last word of Obama's inauguration speech. People there love him-let them have him.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  170. Alfred Nelson

    I beleive that Obama should ask Bill to campaign for him, but that temper has to come to a halt. Hey what if Obama asked Bill Clinton to be his (Vice President), is that funny or what?

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  171. steveda - Poconos, PA

    Absolutely!!! I think he should be in charge of the campaign on the island of Guam. In fact he should go there tomorrow and stay until Obama wins.... even if that's 2012 ... 2016 ... whenever!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  172. Jan from Los Angeles

    Bill Clinton should not be asked to play a prominent role in Obama's campaign. Instead an advisory role in Obama's campaign would suit him more.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  173. G Samuel

    Absolutely! He should contribute to Obama's demise both the campaign and his public servanthood. The sooner the better.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  174. Frank

    Bill is like a "comforter", if you take him off you will get cold and if you put him on it gets too hot. Obama has to know when to engage him and when not to. I bet he is a great asset but could be the worse night mare. I don't think you need an example to understand.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  175. John L Jones

    The answer is a resounding NO. Should Obama opt to ask Hillary to run on the ticket, he should pre-condition this move by assurring that both of them make it clear, perfectly clear, that he is not to be involved in any way during the campaign, NOR in the White House.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  176. Cat Datry

    Yes he should ask President Clinton. to assist in any way that he will.
    Clinton has every right to be upset and express his feeling on the Vanity Fair article as there were NOsources to back up the statements made.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  177. RANSOM

    Although Bill was one of the great for the people Presidents, I think Bill Clinton at this time is more of the same thing and not a true champion of CHANGE, he just does not fit into the OBAMA EFFECT, I think he would be more of a liability than an asset.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  178. Tyler Henderson Independence, Kansas

    Yes, I believe he should. I think many Democrats prefer Bill Clinton over Hillary. He should really put him out in Arkansas. Hillary out in those swing states. Chelsea Clinton in those states with younger people. He should should go to swing states and some extremely Republican states which are normally skipped in general elections. To me this would be unstoppable strategy. Point is keep everyone in their best areas.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  179. Mary (American Abroad) Canada

    Dear Jack,

    How many ways can you spell "NO"?

    Mary (American Abroad)

    June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  180. Ben-Calgary, Alberta

    He should ask Clinton to campaign against him, it has seemed to work pretty well from Obama so far. Every time Bill speaks his opponent gets a boost, why waist a valuble resource like that?

    June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  181. Dj from Illinois

    Personally, I believe Sen. Obama can win in November without Hillary or Bill, however, I also know that 'no Hillary' is not an option. I'm convinced that Billary doesn't like Obama, however, I do think that Bill will be able to lie and cover up his true feelings better than Hillary. Given that, what's Barack have to lose? Oh yeah, the election.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  182. LA

    NO, NO, the Clintons should stay out of Obama's campaign. Hillary should not agree to serve as VP. Obama should choose one of his friends as VP-Jack Kerry, or even Ted Kennedy, Bill Richardson, Oprah Winfrey, even his wife Michelle. He should win or lose the election solely on his own merits without the Clintons.

    The Clintons deserve a rest and reprieve from all of the sexism and ridicule so they can gear up again for 2012.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  183. Linda

    No, Obama has made a great efffort in the name of change. Bill Clinton is a part of the past that Obama needs to evade.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  184. brenda v. long beach calif

    As Whitney Houston would say "Hell To The NO"!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  185. Jason

    Bill is angry. Angy that that the Clinton Dynasty is coming to an end.
    They (Clinton's) are all about acquiring power; power for themselves; not their party and certainly not for the power to unite the country.
    Obama needs to stay away from him with a ten-foot pole.
    Obama stands for changing everything that Bill represents (power hungry politicians.) Obama will stand against all the special interests and finally we will have an executive who will start representing the people!
    Jason in VA

    June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  186. mitch martin arkansaw

    no , bill and hillary should retire to their castle in camelotland,and stop lowering the morals of this nation.he can take bush,mccain cheney and all the rest of the old style ,do-nothing politicians who have brought this nation to it's knees,with him,too.it's time for a clean sweep in washington,and obama is just the beginning of the change that's a comin'.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  187. Barry Rose

    If Bill does the same for Barack as he did for Hillary, sure Obama should ask him to campaign. For McCain.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  188. Jerry Pickerell

    Barack Obama does not need the Clintons. He is more statesman-like and they are old-school politicians. He's for the change we need.Adding the Clintons would be like pouring mud into sprinhwater.
    Jerry Pickerell
    Hastings, Nebraska

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  189. Abdou P. Bah

    Jack, asking Hilary Clinton to campaign for Obama simply mean the Clinton's. I believe Bill will always love to work along side Hilary.

    But Obama needs people like John Kerry to campaign for him.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  190. Margo

    From: Corvallis, OR

    Why would a forthright, honest guy like Barack Obama want a Bill "Mt Vesuvius" Clinton out lying and putting foot in mouth on his behalf? Obama's values speak themselves. Clinton is the antithesis to Obama's decency.

    How so many reasonably intelligent folks can continue to sweep Clintonian lies, greed and deluded narcissism (to borrow Toobin's phrase) under the democratic rug is beyond the scope of comprehension.

    And while we're at it, I'm pretty sick of the Clinton's media whine about being $20 million in debt. The rest of America is ALWAYS supposed to bail them out. They are billionaires; let them pay it themselves, not yank it away from the nominee and from all the far poorer Americans who donated to Obama for HIS campaign, not hers.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  191. Theresa

    The Democratic Party is no longer controlled by former President Clinton. I think the former President should campaign for Obama. We can see how Bill should have campaigned and that Bill can be managed.

    Theresa, PA

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  192. Hilde ,illinois

    I think Hillary could campaign for him, but leave the former President to go about making more money for himself. No where to be seen.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  193. Dennis from Cleveland Ohio

    Definately yes! The problem is which Bill Clinton do you get since there are several versions of Bill. I would like to see the old Bill. Both brilliant and charismatic, Bill the Rock Star !
    The most recent version of Bill Clinton could do more damage than good as has been the case with the Hillary Bill.
    It's a great idea but proceed with caution.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  194. AHerbert; San Diego, CA

    Bill is a great speaker ... well he use to be a great speaker. I think he could do a better job for Obama then he did for Hillary. I think when he was speaking for Hillary he was off his game because he was emotionally involved. Obama he could work his magic and reclaim his good standings .... who knows Jack it could happen :0)

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  195. Marlene, Canada

    This would be the biggest mistake that Obama could make. The people who voted for him, voted for change. Bill and Hilary Clinton do not represent change. If he does not shake off the Clintons from around him, he may just end up losing the November election.

    Remember, they do not recognize him as the nominee, and they would campaign as it they are still running for President. I do not trust them, and Obama should not as well.

    She is still trying to upscale herself. CNN is giving her too much publicity. After all, she is not the one who made history.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  196. Aaron D.

    NO! I just don't trust the Clinton's motives where the campaign, nomination support or term in the White House is concerned. They are such poor losers and the fact that she won't concede makes me uncomfortable about her intent about the future. They make their plans far ahead of their actions. Of course maybe they haven't had time this time since they didn't expect Sen. Obama to win over her. She is still taking over the media time and coverage over Sen. Obama who is the winner. She is still competeing with him.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  197. R in CA

    I suspect that Bil was one of the largest liabilities of Hillary's campaign, the one Obama just beat. Why would Obama want to take on that onus?

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  198. alex

    Off course. Bill Clinton is an assest to the any Democrat. Notice what happened to Gore. If only he taken some help for Bill Clinton, Gore would won by a large margin.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  199. Harry

    No way... if not Obama will have to look over his shoulder all the time.
    Make Hillary an ambassador to Kosovo. As for Vp, I think Mr Robert Wexler should be considered in the process. He made a great case , on behalf of Obama, at the Dnc meeting on the Florida primaries.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  200. Mike Dee

    If he asked ,Bill Clinton should say NO. No matter what your politics is, it is wrong to disrespect the only successive democratic president in the last 2 decades. I think he should contact Ronald Regan since that is his best president in the last 30 years that he admires. How can you ask someone you do not admire or talk highly about in the cause of your campaign be the one you want to now tell the rural americans that hold on to guns and religion that you were wrong all alone.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  201. June in FL

    Probably not. As long as Hillary only puts her campaign on suspension, Bill's heart would never be in it for Barack. I'm a real fan of Bill Clinton, but have to say he was quite disappointing this past year.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  202. Rico


    Once again the Obama campaign is speaking out of both sides of it's mouth, Obama goes on tv and says Bill Clinton is effective and he needs his support, then the next day his surrogates Say Hillary is unlikely to be VP because Bill has shady donors and is toxic, either embrace the Clintons and benefit from their voters and donors or reject them and take your chances in November, good luck.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  203. Winston Shell


    Hell yes. Bill should campaign for Barrack Obama, and hillary should she be his running mate. Bill has took a lot of heat from the media every since he entered the White House, and it is about time he stop taking people Crap. I wish I could speak for the former president. i would tell of of those people who critize him to go to hell. I like the man and he just speaks the truth, and the media spends the story and blows it up.

    Give them hell Bill, Keep campaigning for Barack Obama,and Hillary Clinton.


    June 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  204. Orlando at Fort Lauderdale

    Stop plaing with us.... you know that the perfect person to campaign for him is YOU!

    It's a good start for you carrer as Secretary of the Press. You have my vote!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  205. Mike Raleigh NC

    No... Bill will still be too busy campaigning for himself...

    June 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  206. daniel yohannes

    yes Bill Clinton and his wife should campane for obama. it can only help obama and obama also need her supporters to wil the gneral ellection. if will be helpfule for obama and his campan

    June 6, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  207. john j. grimes

    Absolutely not! The condescending remarks by both of them along with everything else that was said by her campaign cannot be forgotten. If Barack really means "change" then he will not ask for their help and will not pick her as V.P. If I see her name next to his on the ballot then I will vote for a third party, period.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  208. mohammed hakim

    My comment is : Obma should not make hillary clinton his running mate in the november election. hillary cliton refused when obama had his 2116 votes to be the nominee for the democrats. hillary clinton failed to give up her running for the nomination. obama should should choose someone else beside the clintons to be his running mate. yours truley

    mohammed hakim

    June 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  209. Vincent Currier from Cape Cod, MA



    June 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  210. Tammy - KCMO

    NO! NO! and NO!

    He was one of the reasons Hillary's campaign was such a disaster. He won't be campaigning to help you.

    Send him far far away!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  211. Kingsley

    No way sir! I think it is a very bad ideal.Bill might be talented and all,he should just stick to the elder statesman that he his and stay out of this.Besides,the aim and theme of Obama camp( which is Change)will be defeated.
    I am not saying Obama can do it alone but he definately needs a CHANGE in his camp too and not the old white house folks.Hillary is only neccessary because she was in the race with him and so can also help him unite the party.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  212. Andrew Hannah

    Senator Obama does'nt need Clinton on his ticket , it will only begat chaos. There would be some serious head butting ,and the country can't tolorate this type of ruckus now. We need to focus all our attention on problems dealing with the economy and the war in Iraq.The White house is not a place for the sitcom Peyton Place.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  213. Diana from council bluffs Iowa

    No He hurt himself among blacks

    June 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  214. Randy, Elmira NY


    Obama should only ask if he'd like to lose the election. My God, this loose cannon shot his wife's campaign to hell, imagine what he'd do to somebody he doesn't like,i.e. Obama. Scary thought, indeed.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  215. Jan

    YES !!! Bill Schneider just said this year's race will be very similar to the 2000 race. If you recall, Gore did not want Clinton campaigning for him. DUH....want the same outcome?

    June 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  216. Bridgette Powell

    He should definately have that man campaign for him. Because I think he is dying to get out there. He loves the spot light and he loves a winner. I think it would really be exciting too see them out there on the stomp together. Now that would be historic. The last democratic President introducing the next Democratic President.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  217. Sandra, Salinas Ca

    No, Bill Clinton should not be asked to campaing for Senator Obama. Bill Clinton would be a major liabiality, He speaks with out thinking. He makes most of whats going on all about him. And futher more, he has far to much baggage.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  218. dave

    No he should not, he should campaign for McCain...

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  219. priscilla

    I wish the Clintons would give the Obamas the finger wave, then head to the south of France until say, Thanksgiving.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  220. Craig Goodell

    Are you kidding. Bill is done........one damaging campaigner

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  221. Josh B

    YES! unify the party and lets get rolling to White House!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  222. glo

    NO!!!! please.. Bill and Hillary will continue to discreetly campaign for themselves. .. for them it's only ..ME..ME.. MEEEEE!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  223. Marlene, Canada

    No, this would be a big mistake. The people who voted for Obama voted for thange. The Clintons do not represent change. He should shake off the Clintons and focus on framing his campaign for the fall. He does not have much time! They did not recoginize him as the nominee, so I do not trust them. CNN is giving the Clintons too much coverage, after all she is not the one who created history.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  224. Dave

    If Barack's really trying to stand as the anti-Washingtonian, why would he have Washington-establishment Clintons campaign on his behalf?

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  225. triana Marietta Georgia

    NO i do not think that Sen Obama should have either of the Clintons. i think that they would only undermine him and stab him in the back. They would try to take away the lime light from him to their own personal agendas. This would be a terrible terrible idea. I think that his VP should be Sen Edwards or Sen Richardson. The choice is his but i think that the American people should have some say as they have had or that he has stated that we have, should and will continue to have a say in his candidacy and presidency. This is the first promise he made, now it is up to him, if he is going to keep his word. This is the first step. Thank you

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  226. Reta

    Nooooooooooo,yessssssssssssssss,nooooooooooo,yessssssss, it is confusing. What do you think??

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  227. Jim - Northern VA

    NO! Not even back-up on the saxophone.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  228. Robyn in KY

    It doesn't matter if he does or doesn't; I’ll be voting for McCain in Nov. After being a registered Democrat for nearly 30 years, I’ve finally had enough. I’ve watched the party turn from supporting the working class to being full of leftist, hand-out specialists. I’ll take a moderate Republican. And for those of you who think Obama is the ‘future’ and the ‘new thinker‘; remember that a LOT of us ‘old thinkers’ are the ones who work and pay taxes. Guess where our votes will be.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  229. Diane Glasser

    Only if Bill Clinton can remain civil and follow the road map Obama has charted

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  230. sally

    No, thanks!
    The only good thing for Billary's is:shut up!!!
    Obama can do well by himself.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  231. vincent

    Only if and only if, Bill agrees to say "YES WE CAN" at every rally

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  232. Judith in Dallas

    Answer without hesitation is, YES! Name another past President in any Time that has had a 70% approval rating in any term besides Clinton? President Bill Clinton would be an asset to any political Campaign. His breadth of knowledge, experience, intelligence will always make him a valued addition to any Campaign that is based on science, education, and fact. His only problem remains the one we all share: the Rise of Yellow Tabloid News in America, Paddy Chayefsky-style-garbage reporting we all have had to endure, which delights in twisting the truth to achieve ratings, no better than the papparazzi and British tabloids.

    Without that harrassment, as both Barack and Hillary have learned by finally realizing that many things are NOT the business of new snoops, per their secret meeting, the tone of the Primary might have been civil and informative. And, doesn't that just say it all? How dare the media be so intrusive and abusive that our highest and best candidates must go into hiding, just to have a private meeting! Yes, a private meeting. I wonder how the Campaign would have gone if we had hijacked more planes full of media pundits and kept them on board the plane, say for about 6 months?? Better coverage for sure, I think. Yes, please put my vote down for YES for President Clinton on an adviser on a multitude of topics for any Campaign.
    Judith in Dallas

    June 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |

    Nah. I'm thinking NO. Thus, it begs the question regarding "mending fences." I think it would be unwise–considering where we are. Take better chances will Hillary and keep Bill out of the picture.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  234. park more

    Nooooooooooooooooooo Obama does not deserve that.... Bill Keep your energy and startegy for Hillary on 2012, Obama will not win

    June 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  235. tc

    Hell, no

    June 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  236. Ronald Holst

    I hope not jack !

    June 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  237. Leslie Clinton, IL

    I can't imagine that Senator Obama would actually want former President Clinton campaigning for him from the remarks that he has made about Obama and his supporters.

    However, Bill Clinton to campaign for Senator Obama would be expected, now that Hillary Clinton is out of the presidential race, just as her endorsement is expected to come tomorrow. Be careful what you wish for. Sometimes it comes back to bite you in the butt.

    Let's get real for a moment, there is no one that is ever going to believe that it's a sincere endorsement. God forbid that there be a sincere politician. Hell may have to freeze over first.
    For the sake of the democratic party, they do however, have to be seemingly united. So on that note, both Hillary and Bill Clinton will probably be campaigning for Barak Obama.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  238. Emma

    No, i think Hillary will have a postive result if she campaign for Obama, but obama should show up in the pubic with Bill Clinton to show the unity obama believes in.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  239. Steve - Minneapolis

    Yes he should – as should Hillary. Even though she will not be on the ticket.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  240. Seth Columbia, Mo

    I don't think Bill campaigning for Obama is the best thing. As we have seen in the primaries Bill really does not like Obama. It was not just campaign vs. campaign hate it was true passionate dislike and I think that this will just get in the way and harm the campaign more even if Hillary is on the ticket.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  241. greg o.

    Obama seems to have done well, thus far without Bill's support. No need for his campaigning skills as an ex-president, Bill needs to only give his endorsement of Obama. It's Bill's WIFE who needs to hit the campaign trail for Obama and reach out to her 18 million voters. That is a topic that can really create CHANGE!

    June 6, 2008 at 6:13 pm |