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Bill Clinton To Stump for Hillary Saturday

Tim Craig

Former President Bill Clinton will barnstorm Virginia tomorrow to try to boost his wife's campaign heading into Tuesday's primary.

Clinton will be in Chesapeake in the morning. He will then travel to western Virginia, where he will hold rallies in Abingdon and at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Meanwhile, actor Kal Penn and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's son, Nate, will visit several Virginia colleges tomorrow on behalf of Sen. Barack Obama, including George Mason University. Penn currently appears on Fox's drama House. Last year Penn had a recurring role in the TV series "24."

By Tim Craig  |  February 8, 2008; 4:06 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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I wonder if WJC will blame Obama for the VT massacre. . .you can be sure (a) he will bring it up and (b) somehow, someway try to turn it to his wife's political advantage. God knows he has NO shame.

Posted by: RL | February 8, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

will the secret service disarm at Virginia Tech to make sure the campus is safe?

Posted by: concerned student | February 8, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Whenever I see a good news on the Clintons, there will be a frustrated supporter of the other camp who will go low, real low, down the gutter where they belong. The VA Tech incident should not be used by anyone (whomever you support) to spew more hatred on the web. Shame on you "concerned student" and "RL" - you're both pathetic!

Posted by: I Vote Present | February 8, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Don t worry, buddie, Clinton is not interested in blaming Obama for anything. It s your candidate who piles on Clinton putting him in same rating as Nixon and forgetting that WJC is the only Dem. prez. who won since 1977, and probably will be that way, if your candidate gets the nomination.
Is this the elite they call Obama supporters?

Posted by: RF | February 8, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

New CNN Poll show Obama with 7 point lead over McCain. Clinton is tied.

Not to mention the fact that Clinton has toxic coattails for all those democrats running in tight districts.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 8, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I hope Bill Clinton can explain why his campaign sided with the Nevada State Education Association in a clumsy lawsuit to disenfranchise workers from a Nevada union that had the temerity to side with Senator Obama. We can expect the worst Republicans to play this kind of game, most Republicans wouldn't stoop this low. I never expected Democrats to act this way. Shame on the Nevada State Education Association and the Clinton campaign. I'm voting for Senator Obama.

Posted by: Karl Shipps | February 8, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

If you look carefully at the person doing the "free fall" in Hillary Clinton's recently-released ad by the same name you will notice that it appears to actually be two different persons (check the hair color and clothes) spiralling towards earth.

This would seem to be emblematic of Hillary's credibility problem, which is in fact in a free fall.

And now we hear that she will not release her tax returns until after she is the Democratic nominee--if that actually happens.

Why does she want to withhold such information from her fellow Demcorats?

It seems pretty risky for the Democratic Party to nominate someone who will not level with it.

Posted by: MARTIN EDWIN ANDERSEN | February 8, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Why are you campaigning instead of his wife. That makes people thinks she does not care about their State. YOU ARE NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!

Posted by: MsRita | February 8, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Free cigars for everyone attending Bill's speeches.

Posted by: Lincoln Bedroom | February 8, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is on the campaign trail asking her supportors for money. Obamas Campaign does not ask for money people just give out of their pocket on the own.



Posted by: MsRita | February 8, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

When Obama won the caucus in my city, all the precinct captains were invited to breakfast with Deval Patrick.
No ingenue, I brought my checkbook.
Guess what? No pitch. Just brunch & thank you.

Posted by: Soldier's Mom | February 8, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone hear Bill Clinton today when he claimed, "I will not be on Hillary's staff full time" (after she is in the White House)???

I mean -- doesn't that sound just a wee bit like, "I did not have sex with that woman" ????

Obama 2008.
Bringing integrity back.

Posted by: Iowa Soccer Mom | February 8, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Sure, the loan to the campaign is legal. Lets see, Bill goes and does some phony "consulting work" for some rich hob-nobber. He pay Bill millions of dollars, even as his wife is running for president. Bill deposits it in the joint checking account. Hillary takes the money out the front door while Bill is carrying it in the back door. Hillary puts it in her campaign.All perfectly legal. Now the Clintons are no longer legally challenged or financially challenged, only morally and ethically challenged. They are something else.

Posted by: majorteddy | February 8, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Michelle Obama out stumping for her husband? What's the difference? And why is it okay for her to stump and trash hillary - when Bill can't do the same? It's an eye for an eye! If Michelle is going to do it (and she's mean), then Bill should do it, too. I'd love to see a debate between those two!

Posted by: Christina | February 8, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

OK, Bill, just remember to keep telling yourself, "This is about helping her. It's not about me. It's about helping her. Not about me . . . ."

Posted by: lydgate | February 8, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

BILL CLINTON: Where to start? This ex-con, convicted of lying to a federal grand jury, obstruction of justice, stripped of his right to practice law is the only president impeached in modern times. There was also his use of the Arkansas State Troopers to chauffeur him to visit his many mistresses. But at least he visited Jennifer Flowers and a few others on his own gas card. And don't forget Monica "I did not have sex with that woman - Lewinsky." This felon who wants to be your CO-PRESIDENT recently made himself 31 MILLION DOLLARS by facilitating a deal with the government of Kazakhstan, a country that has one of the worst records on human rights in history. He injected race into the campaign after Hillary was trounced in North Carolina he said" Jesse Jackson won North Carolina also." He was saying what's the big deal, a black man won NC before and it didn't mean a thing. Otherwise, why did he pick a black man? John Edwards also won North Carolina in the past, and he is white. Clinton has been reduced to a pathetic figure unable to complete a sentence without a reference to himself.


Posted by: Randle Bate | February 8, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama's campaign call our house all the time asking for $150.00 donation. That is why he has so much money. Even tough we said we would not contribute they sent us an envelope. Those of you voting for him are impressed by his beautiful speeches with no specifics. He should serve his term as senator and then come bach in 2016.

Posted by: macunaima | February 9, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

To all Obama Supporters. Please let me know what chane is going to bringe and how he is going to do it specifically. If he want to treat all minorities equally is he going to scrap affirmative action only benefitting african americans ,not asians and hispanics

Posted by: gsetty | February 9, 2008 5:16 AM | Report abuse

If all Obama Supporters call all names and sexual infidility of WJC forgot Obama himself said that WJC was prepared to be a president from day one. He brought econamic prosperity and had budget surplus and international respect.

Posted by: Concerned | February 9, 2008 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton is an able politician who was president at a time when all the cards were coming up aces. Sure he did a good job, but that was then. Does anyone even remember how diifferent the '90s were from the situation today? Also, he paid down the deficit using the strong tax revenues generated by the birth of the Internet, another one-of-a-kind situation which will not be repeated on that scale soon if ever.
Bill Clinton has no superpowers - he's a gifted politician who was president at at time when many of the traditional concerns of a president were at historically low levels. But the '90s are not now, and HILLARY IS NOT BILL.

Posted by: bokonon13 | February 9, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

In response to MsRita. Ever since I went on the Obama website I have been getting e-mails asking for $25. These e-mails are coming every day. I also went to Hillary's and John Edward's websites. I have yet to get an e-mail from either asking for money. So you can't say that it is only the Clinton campaign that is asking for money from the public. Because I am sure that they all ask for donations at some point in their campaign.

Posted by: Tigerli | February 9, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Will any Obama supporter please show me what Obama has done in the Senate? It is true that Obama's record is clean, because there is nothing in it.

BTW, why is Hillary being blamed for her husband's infidelity?

I want a democrat to win the White House, but in this time where we are in recession, I want somebody who has been on the block... a steady hand so to speak. If it boils down to McCain vs. Obama, McCain has my vote. Better the devil you know...

Posted by: CP Cook | February 9, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

About health care... the problem is two-fold. One, there are too many uninsured. Two, the cost of health care is increasing so fast. Can anybody please explain how Obama's health care plan solve either?

By not providing for a universal health care, healthy people will not sign up if the insurance cost is high enough. Therefore, those left in the plan are the sick ones whereby increasing the cost. As the cost goes higher, there is incentive for healthy individuals to leave the plan and take the risk. It is a downward spiral. With universal health care, everybody pools in, therefore, the cost is averaged out by the healthy and the sick.

If you want universal health care, then vote Hillary.

Posted by: CP Cook | February 9, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

It's "Abingdon" not "Abington" and though I am an Obama supporter, I'm happy to see a campaign take the time to stump in my hometown--an area of the state so often overlooked in national elections. The Clinton campaign is wise to put their biggest cheerleader on the stump in an area of the state where they stand to gain the most. In an election year which holds the potential to firmly entrench two democratic senators from the Commonwealth...I hope more attention is paid to the southern areas of the state. These areas will be of the utmost importance in seeing this goal become a reality.

Posted by: Patrick Callahan | February 9, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Arthur McArthur | February 9, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

How many of you obama supporters living off the government? Are you supporting him so that you can keep your benefits ? Is so then you might want to find a job, when he loses and I stress (LOSES) the election...

As for the person saying the Clinton's were blaming Obama for the VT shooting..GET A LIFE .You are totally stupid. If anything it will be Obama saying the Clinton's are responsible...

If your obama is so precious why doesn't he want to do the debates with Hillary? He's gonna skip Ohio you know.....
Oh! I'll give you the answer ...Maybe because he doesn't have anything to say...After all we've heard absoultely nothing from him since the election started...

Posted by: crackers | February 9, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama... Out of the clouds, into the light with more clarity, focuses on Presidential run.

Just say NO to Obama (and drugs - specifically Obama youth supporters)!

"Dreams From My Father"
Mr. Obama's account of his younger self and drugs, though, significantly differs from the recollections of others who do not recall his drug use. That could suggest he was so private about his usage that few people were aware of it, that the memories of those who knew him decades ago are fuzzy or rosier out of a desire to protect him, or that he added some writerly touches in his memoir to make the challenges he overcame seem more dramatic.

Posted by: Prakaithip | February 9, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

-Posted by: Soldier's Mom | February 8, 2008 09:54 PM
VA Tech is useless and should be closed

Sorry to change topics but I saw this an had to respond.

The person that posted this is as arrogant as they are a bigot. Va Tech is one of the top public schools in the nation, with more than 250,000 alumni currently spread out over this country. It one of the few places that offers a great education for about 20k a year (out of state, and if your in-state its about half that) compared to your more prestigious private schools that run 40k+ a year. Considering some of the programs here are ranked in the top 20 and even the top 10 in the country, it provides a chance for a very financially diverse group of people to get a top level education. It serves a great purpose to thousands yearly, and should not be closed for any reason. Ask any Hokie.

Posted by: VT Student | February 9, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Hillary for president!!!

Anyone know where she's going to be in Prince William County on Sunday?

Posted by: Mimi Schaeffer | February 10, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Great to see that President Clinton is campaigning in Virginia for Hillary. I went to see Chelsea in Oakland before super Tuesday, very low key, she was there to answer questions from the audience regarding her mother positions, voting record, plans and accomplishments and was quite impressed about the detail knoledge in all the topics discussed such as childcare, health care, foreign policy, etc.
It was quite enlighting for those of us who are interested in how the next President plans to solve the issues the country faces.

For those of you who have the opportunity go to see Bill you won't be disappointed!!!

Posted by: Maria Isabel | February 11, 2008 3:33 AM | Report abuse

How does noting that VT students are cowards make anyone a bigot? It is a black school?

Posted by: Just wondering | February 11, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

On Saturday, I wanted to hear what President Clinton had to say in support of his wife; so I went to hear him at the Richmond Convention Center.

To get in I had to have a "ticket." The ticket aksed for a lot of personal information, which of course will be used for fund-raising.

I asked if I could get in without completing this campaign gimmick. I was told, "Absolutely not!"

Sen. Clinton and her organization's politics may be different, but her style is straight out of the Karl Rove/George W. Bush handbook.

The Clintonistas may as well have been shouting "Four More years!"

Posted by: NoVA | February 11, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

A bigot is someone who is intolerant of others, for example saying VT students are cowards without actually being in their shoes. It is possible to demonstrate prejudice to groups other than racial, as I'm sure you are aware. Please elucidate how any student/professor acted as a coward, there was an individual that showed up with dual semi automatic pistols firing on unarmed and unaware individuals with over 200 rounds of ammunition (that is being a coward). Most who tried to stand up to him were killed, such as Liviu Librescu , Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, Henery Lee, Partahi Lumbantoruan, Zach Petkewicz, and Kevin Granata just to name a few(for those not named I apologize). There were quite a few accounts of self sacrifice from classmates and professors, which in my mind is the ultimate test of courage. I don't know where you get your news from, but clearly it is not from the right source.

Posted by: VT Student | February 14, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

VT Student, stop being such a bigot

Posted by: Anonymous | February 15, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Virginia Tech learns us good!

Posted by: VT Student | February 15, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

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