Bill Clinton: Dumping On McCain Is Not A Winning Strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Clinton says if Democrats want someone to dump on John McCain, he's not the guy.

Some members of his party have been complaining that Clinton has not been enthusiastic enough in his support for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who defeated Clinton's wife in the primary campaign, and heaping too much praise on McCain.

But Clinton told CNN's "Larry King Live" on Wednesday that he doesn't think "dumping" on McCain or his running mate, Sarah Palin, is a winning strategy. He said undecided voters aren't interested in attacks but solutions for the problems they face.

"I just don't believe that getting up here and hyperventilating about Gov. Palin, or Sen. McCain for that matter, is a productive use of a former president's time and is not a vote-getter," he said, adding that he admires McCain even though he disagrees with several of his positions.

Clinton said he and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, gave vigorous endorsements to Obama at the national convention last month and that Hillary Clinton has traveled extensively on Obama's behalf. That includes a tour of Michigan on Saturday.

"I think you can argue that she has done more than all other runner-ups have in the Democratic Party in 40 years," the former president said. "We have been quite clear on this. We're not party-wreckers, and we believe that the country needs to take a different course."

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  • by Slick Willie fan Location: Washingtion Co on Sep 25, 2008 at 10:01 AM
    While I would not vote for Hillary,I would vote for Bill, and did twice .I think that George W Bush is the worst President sense Ronald Regan.My vote however goes to McCain,Palin.

  • by Red State Location: Washington Co. on Sep 25, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    Don't forget that Slick Willy is widely regarded by Democrats as the smartest (and by that I mean slyest, slickest, and smarmyist) politician who ever lived. He knows exactly what he is doing. Obama played the race card against him and denied Hillary her rightful entitlement of first female President. He is known to hold a grudge. Can't wait for the 2012 race between Hillary and Sarah. That will be historic.
  • by Noneya Location: IBX on Sep 25, 2008 at 03:00 AM
    Thats the smartest thing Slick Willie said in a long time ! I like him just a little more now ! Greg, Why don't you "Ask Mike", he can give you an answer !
  • by Rob Location: NC on Sep 24, 2008 at 08:08 PM
    The only reason Slick Willie would even side with McBush on anything is that idiot Palin. That's even sicker if you really think about it. Maybe Bubba has a thing for brunettes?
  • by Greg Location: Camden NC on Sep 24, 2008 at 05:01 PM
    FCC put us in the tidewater market, but the stations up there ignor us and NC news we need to be responsible NC citizens. Can you lobby the 2 Sat tv co. to serve ya'll up as a local station. won't listen to us. tks

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