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Bill Clinton has been very busy recently campaigning for Democrats. He may be a former president, and have had quadruple bypass surgery some years ago, yet he has remained very active and energetic. He has been touring extensively, going to numerous different states in support of candidates of the Democratic party.
Clinton will stop at a manufacturing plant in Chicago to campaign for Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. Quinn indicated that the former president will discuss the economic turnaround for Illinois during his appearance. Quinn has been stressing that the unemployment rate in Illinois is at the lowest level that it has been in six years. Clinton will be addressing workers, as well as leaders in labor and business. President Barack Obama also went to Michigan recently to campaign for Quinn.
The Detroit News is reporting that Clinton will be busy campaigning for Democrats in Flint, Michigan next week. U.S. Representative Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Flint, will be hosting the event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22. It will also include Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Gary Peters. Kildee hopes that the former President will bring attention to many of the issues that his city has been facing for years, as it was hit particularly hard by a decline in American manufacturing.
Earlier today, former President Clinton returned to his home state of Arkansas. He went to Pine Bluff, where he has a bit of a history with political rallies. Back in 2000 and again in 2002, he held political rallies to predominately black audiences to promote Mike Ross, who was running for the U.S. House, and Mark Pryor, who was running for the U.S. Senate. His efforts were not in vain, as they won office back then. But, they are in need of Clinton’s help again.
Clinton touched on the race issue during his appearance, stating that while blacks accounted for 16 percent of the voting population, Republicans expected them to only account for 11 percent of the voters. But the president also reminded those in attendance that there was more to unite the people of Arkansas than to divide them. In support of this claim, he mentioned that when the Arkansas River floods, everybody pitches in to fill up sandbags, and nobody is asking anyone else for party membership cards.
In addition to these other appearances, former President Clinton has been keeping himself busy campaigning to promote fellow Democrats in other states as well. These include New Hampshire and Kentucky, where he took part in a political ad for Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who recently refused to divulge whether or not she had voted for President Obama. Bill Clinton had one of the highest approval ratings of any president when he left office. Now, at a time when the sitting president, who is also a Democrat, has consistently had low approval ratings, an appearance endorsing a candidate by the still popular President Clinton still may be able to push a candidate over the edge in a tight race. That is why the country is seeing so much of him as this election season starts to heat up in these final weeks.
By Charles Bordeau
Photo by Center for American Progress – Flickr