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Al Gore to lend star power to Georgia Dem’s Senate runoff November 24, 2008

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(CNN) — Add Al Gore to the list of big-name surrogates who are making campaign cameos in the last remaining Senate election this year. The former vice president will team up with Jim Martin at a campaign event Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia.

Martin is a former Georgia state lawmaker who is the Democratic challenger to Saxby Chambliss, Georgia’s freshman Republican senator, who’s fighting to keep his seat. The two candidates face off in a runoff election December 2.

Chambliss won a plurality of the vote on Election Day, but Georgia state law calls for the winner to grab at least 50 percent plus one vote. Because of the inclusion of a third-party candidate, Chambliss fell just shy of that threshold, forcing a runoff.

Gore‘s campaign appearance follows that of former President Bill Clinton, who teamed up with Martin on Wednesday in Atlanta.

President-elect Barack Obama is lending his voice to the Democrats’ efforts to win back the Republican-held senate seat in Georgia. Obama speaks out in a 60-second radio ad forMartin that hit the airwaves Friday.

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Clinton goes to bat for Obama and party October 6, 2008

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USA Today

October 6, 2008 11:00 AM ET

WASHINGTON — Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has raised more than $8 million for former rival Barack Obama’s presidential campaign since July and plans to barnstorm the country for even more cash, as the New York senator works to show she is aggressively helping the candidate who cut short her White House bid.

“I am using every tool that I have to help Democrats win,” Clinton told USA TODAY. She was between fundraising events in Texas and California that brought in another $1.5 million for Obama and congressional candidates on Friday and Saturday.

Later this month, Clinton will headline Obama fundraisers in Chicago, Philadelphia and Little Rock along with 11 events to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates and state parties.   Source Article

Bill Clinton in Orlando, Florida October 2, 2008

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President Bill Clinton talked about the bright future that Barack Obama can help create for America.

Clinton hesitant to call Obama a ‘great man’ September 28, 2008

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September 28, 2008
Posted: 07:00 PM ET


(CNN)– Former President Bill Clinton was hesitant to characterize Barack Obama as a “great man” Sunday, a phrase he had no qualms using last week to describe Obama’s rival John McCain.

Clinton told NBC’s Tom Brokaw that it was only earlier this month in Harlem that he and Obama had their “first conversation.” He said he had spoken with Obama before, but only in passing.

Clinton then explained what he meant in characterizing McCain as a “great man.”

“I think his greatness is that he keeps trying to come back to service without ever asking people to cut him any slack or feel sorry for him or any of that stuff because he was a POW,” Clinton said of the Republican presidential nominee. Source Article

A Note to Bill Clinton September 23, 2008

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Huffington Post

Paul Slansky

Posted September 23, 2008 | 07:02 PM (EST)

Given that we would never have had the odious George W. Bush in the White House in the first place if it wasn’t for your blow jobs, Bill, it seems obvious that you owe it to the people of this country, and especially to the parents whose kids died in the Iraq War that Gore would never have started, and to all the parents whose kids would be killed in the WarFest that would be a McCain/Palin — sorry, Palin/McCain — administration to do everything in your power to get Barack Obama elected.

But that’s not what you’re doing, Bill, and it’s not going unnoticed. We see your rage, Bill, it’s too huge to hide. We see that — as Chris Rock so brilliantly pointed out — it pains you to even speak Obama’s name. We see you petulantly rooting against him even as you go through the motions of doing the barest minimum on his behalf to avoid being blamed if he loses. Source Article

Hillary Urges Donors To Contribute To Obama’s Efforts In Ohio, Vows Extensive Campaigning In The State September 22, 2008

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TPM Election Central

Hillary just held a private conference call with Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and dozens of donors to her campaign and to Ohio Dems, urging them to plow funds into the coffers of the Ohio state party so it can help execute the ground game on Barack Obama’s behalf, a Hillary aide confirms to me.

“There isn’t any doubt that Ohio once again will be the pivotal state in this election and I know that it’s extremely close in the state,” Hillary told the donors, according to excerpts of the call sent our way by her office.

Hillary also promised extensive future visits to the state on Obama’s behalf. “I will be back campaigning up and down the state to make the case that the failed leadership of the last eight years should not be rewarded with another four,” she told the donors. Source Article

On “The View,” Bill Clinton says Obama will win election September 22, 2008

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Bill Clinton visited ABC’s “The View” for the first time Monday. And he saved his most interesting observations for the end. He offered his prediction in November’s presidential election.

“I believe Obama will win,” loyal Democrat Clinton said.

“I genuinely like both of them,” Clinton said. “I genuinely admire both of them. I think that we make a terrible mistake believing we have to find something wrong with the people we can’t vote for. I like them. I like John McCain. If it hadn’t been for John McCain, I’m not sure I could have normalized relations with Vietnam.”   Source Article

Clinton unveils new pro-Obama effort September 19, 2008

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Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor September 19, 2008 04:53 PM

Senator Hillary Clinton announced today a new grassroots effort to get her supporters to fall in behind one-time rival Barack Obama.

“As we continue to read the headlines about our troubled economy, the stakes of this election only get higher. Today I am asking all of you to hit the phones, hit the road, and spread the word that we must elect Barack Obama President and we must send a filibuster-proof majority to Congress,” Clinton said in a statement.

“This is a call to action. We all have a role. And there is not a moment to lose,” added Clinton, who is attending a private event today in Boston. “Tell them that Hillary sent you.” Source Article

Obama Ad: McCain Needs “Education” On Women’s Issues September 19, 2008

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Huffington Post

Sam Stein

September 19, 2008 04:48 PM

Before the crisis in the housing and financial markets threw the presidential election for a loop, the Obama campaign had planned to spend this week making a strong push for women voters. The Senator held a private phone conference call with national female leaders to plot ways to generate support. His female allies in Congress held a press conference at the DNC to hammer John McCain on his opposition to equal pay legislation. And vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden held a virtual question and answer session with, perhaps, the most important female voice of all, Hillary Clinton. Source Article

Bill Clinton: Don’t underestimate Palin September 18, 2008

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Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor September 18, 2008 07:43 PM

Former President Bill Clinton, whose political instincts have been lauded over the years, gives props to GOP vice presidential nominee saying that she has “significant” intuitive skills and that it would be “a mistake to underestimate her.”

“It was exciting that she was from Alaska,” Clinton said today on CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo.” “It was exciting that she’s sort of like the person she is. And she grew up in – came up in a political culture and a religious culture that is probably well to the right of the American center. But, she didn’t basically define herself in those terms. She’s basically said, ‘Look, this is where I’m from. I’m not gonna impose this on you. This is what I wanna do that I think we can all be a part of.’ So, she handled herself very well.” Source Article