Former President Bill Clinton is the most popular and persuasive Democrat in the nation today, and used his considerable skills campaigning first in Illinois and then in the state of Kentucky. By the way, Tuesday, Nov. 4, is mid-term Election Day in the United States and Bill Clinton is hoping to once again perform his persuasive magic in electing and re-electing Democrats in governorships and U.S. Senate races. Bill Clinton ended the day on Tuesday wowing a wildly partisan crowd in Owensboro, Kentucky, as he told more than 3,000 people that U.S. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has taken the country down a path of “partisan bickering and political infighting and should be tossed out of office.”
America’s “Explainer-in-Chief” asked the crowd, “”Do you want continued gridlock, fighting and big money buying your opinions and making you think less of everybody?” Clinton simplified McConnell’s message.
“This is his message as near as I can tell: ‘You might want to vote me out after 30 years and not much happening for you but this is your last chance to vote against the president … and you’ve got to take it,’ ” Clinton said as he tried to navigate the difficult political terrain in Kentucky of McConnell using President Barack Obama as the target of McConnell’s.
The Louisville Courier said that the “Former president told the crowd not to be tricked by McConnell into casting a protest vote against Obama, who will only be in office for two more years, by rewarding the senator with a six-year term.” Grimes has repeatedly refused to answer questions about whether she voted for Obama, and always using the comeback, “I am a Clinton Democrat.”
Bill Clinton has also starred in tv ads for Grimes in Kentucky.
In Illinois, Bill Clinton appeared at Wheatland Tube in the heart of the city Chicago, to explain why Chicago voters, specifically African-American voters, should support Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, both Democrats from Illinois.
In his self-deprecating fashion, Bill Clinton said, ““I feel like an old racehorse in a stable and people just take me out and put me on the track and slap me on the rear to see if I can run around one more time. You know, they brush you down real nice and make you look pretty good,”
The appearance of Bill Clinton at Wheatland Tube was significant because it is a firm that boasts being a “Made in America” and creating jobs. The firm also supplied much of the steel for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.
It was the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne who described Bill Clinton as “the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a formulator of arguments — the explainer-in-chief.” There is not a politician alive today, with the possible exception of President Barack Obama (more about that later), who can match Bill Clinton’s considerable persuasive political skills.
This campaigning with Bill Clinton follows the third and final debate between Bruce Rauner and Governor Quinn. Rauner still claims that Illinois has an employment problem, but the Quinn people say that Rauner is turning a “blind eye to the state’s undeniable economic turnaround, while hiding his own record of laying-off workers and shipping American jobs overseas.” Unemployment is at its lowest point in more than six years, says the Quinn team. They continue “more people are employed today than at any point since the Governor took office. There is more work to do, but we’re on the right track.”
Adding “Illinois has seen the steepest six-month decline in unemployment of any state in the country.”
When asked to name one business of GTCR that created jobs, Rauner came up empty during the debate last evening. Rauner had a Rick Perry moment last evening, when he couldn’t name a single company of his that created jobs. The panel of incredulous journalists came back to the question, with Rauner eventually defaulting to the GTCRauner website.
The Quinn team says that “The website actually includes bankruptcies which includes Lason Inc. (accounting fraud), APS (Medicaid fraud), HomeBanc (massive layoffs and bankruptcy), LeapSource (bankruptcy and alleged threats), Synagro (bribery and public corruption) and Trans Healthcare Inc. (nursing home deaths)