Impact of Bill Clinton support at DNC
Rep. Bill Pascrell weighs in
- Duration 6:08
- Date Sep 4, 2012
Rep. Bill Pascrell weighs in
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President Clinton playing a key role at the Democratic Convention this week he will deliver a prime time address.
Tomorrow night in -- spot usually reserved for the vice president.
And vice president by the way will be speaking a little later on the week the very popular former president will make the case for Barack Obama's reelection but the two men don't always CIA guy in fact.
As recently as this summer they were backing different candidates.
When redistricting forced to New Jersey congressman to go head to head in the democratic primary President Obama back to one congressman congressman -- Brockman.
And President Clinton supported congressman bill passed out past Iraq -- one that that primaries joining us now.
From Charlotte -- you got the support from President Clinton and I know politics is that -- -- -- for congressmen but.
For the president -- have your back there -- had his back now.
Well my relationship with the clintons go back and I did support Hillary in the 2008 primary.
And then was an avid supporter of President Obama and I'm proud of that decision that I made and I'm proud.
I believe we're gonna matter and make his son in November it's tough coloration that they have editors and I'm very happy with my relationship Bill Clinton that he asked -- -- I wondered yourself.
-- he came to my district which -- only did I think for one other congressman overly endorsed two or three.
He did come to my district just before the election was a big big help a good boost to the troops are out there and that's the way this election's going to be one.
-- by speeches focus groups polls it's going to be won by loose on the ground getting -- -- -- Not the last -- -- 34 weeks ahead of time and if that operation -- -- -- now either candidate is in trouble.
So -- no hard feelings that the president obviously you're you're there at the convention.
-- but the political power of President Clinton is still very relevant today.
As well as you probably -- would have realized yourself if you think there's any risk.
Because President Clinton is so popular now.
That he could overshadow the president or be too much of -- stark contrast to President Obama.
-- don't think President Obama should be worried about that I think you should be happy to get the president support.
And the president is gonna have a big support from bill from Bill Clinton.
He's there not to vote for the motion is not to set the stage for his wife four years from now he's there -- -- so that the president will win reelection I think he's got his whole heart into it.
He's gonna give a great speech I can't wait won't be as long as some of his speeches have passed -- -- What did you think emergence and congressmen the cowboys and then the New York Giants are planned on -- no I didn't even really -- that it audience for -- president what.
Loan and now that America's team of the New York Giants you know I don't have any problems about -- the -- -- -- tonight.
Men -- have a great night.
All right so we'll talk a little football talk a little politics let me ask you about the Democratic Party is about the New York -- -- interesting article today.
-- kind of assessing where the Democratic Party as.
And the writers said they called the Democratic Party and in ruling -- -- kind of collaboration.
Easy enough for me to say an unduly conglomerate aeration.
United in the belief that government has a crucial role to play and the economy and social -- would you describe the Democratic Party.
In that same way as.
Maybe -- diverse group but still united under -- -- assumption that government has a very fundamental role in this country.
While most of the democratic house Democrats I -- -- a lot of fuel over the years Jenna most of those Democrats like limited government is well.
And which seemed to me that is going overboard to say 140 years for big government the other for small government and Shirley and -- small government between 2001 and 2000 make.
I don't -- look back I'm not blaming anything either party distributor -- -- on concern.
But the fact of the matter is.
Where is that proper measure we're we're do you stop where's the balance between.
What government should be responsible for try to get -- to help the locals.
And one government should stay the heck out I -- -- I think solve some problems.
Over the past thirty years from both parties we don't like them with the government in our bedroom still so we want limited government just as well as anybody else's -- proper place to do it.
And that's what -- debate about.
-- real quick here where it where do you see evidence that the president.
The president's limited government policies where would you pointed to say hey this and we want to balance and this is one area that we see the president saying hey this is not a role for government -- Well if you want to make comparisons between what came before in the last four years.
President Obama's actually I think tried to have oversight and review.
All -- what arm arm of the rule should they are people who say we got too many regulations they usually don't want to know what they're talking about what you go regulation -- regulation.
This president is actually tried to reduce regulations.
Particularly when interferes with small business or the the the lords of capital.
I think that again that's something we can debate.
But if you say we don't need the Environmental Protection Agency.
That's not doing making government smaller what it's doing is you reducing the protection for the consumer and reducing the protection of our citizens.
And that's the way I look at this and this election's going to be won on the ground.
It's not going to be one.
Not even the president Clinton's -- you're there I'm looking for president Obama's speech of course on Thursday night.
It's gonna be won on the ground who can get their troops out there to get the voters out between now and election but that's -- is forget about.
Focus groups to -- forget about polls or -- they all sound well.
We're watching the tracking system one -- -- -- very little at this particular thought that they look like there's only.
4% of the people that are open to change -- mind.
Well that's true -- -- beautiful and very important perspective press today to -- -- bring us back down to earth as to what the election is about because over the next couple days congress and you know it.
-- going to be dissecting each and every word.
Good just like football plays to bring it back to football yeah this is sees it absolutely ironic congressman thank you so much for the time today it was nice to see you really nice decision generous so generous ability John for me and I.
Sure that he's -- was committed Greg eventually you're gonna have a good time I think if there.