Which voters will Bill Clinton influence?
Larry Sabato weighs in
- Duration 5:11
- Date Sep 6, 2012
Larry Sabato weighs in
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I want to nominate a man.
Whose approval on the outside.
But -- burns for America on the inside.
How -- -- a man who believes.
With no doubt.
That we can build a new American dream economy driven by -- basically creativity by education and yes by cooperation.
A little bit more flavor from Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention in case you know you -- watching football last night.
The former president pulled out all the stops in Charlotte to convince American voters to give the president four more years in office.
But which voters specifically.
Does -- Obama campaign hope that mr.
Can influence gonna talk about it -- he shouted out director of the center for politics of the University of Virginia he did not have a choice last night he cannot watch football.
Thought he had to -- Bill Clinton right Larry.
Well I had a split screen definitely be honest.
I didn't -- ORA full imaginary -- fashions or out you know Larry if -- -- -- yes it's great insights and your quite funny by the way.
On Twitter an otherwise it -- it comments he put on Twitter the other night is he said.
I really in an in -- action -- this talent and Romney's speech you say the south since.
Please voters they don't change though exactly -- -- about the spouses this Bill Clinton changed -- I don't think so at least I don't think he will have changed them by November.
-- his his goal is to help Barack Obama generally to explain why the economy hasn't improved much over four years.
And then the second this underlying demographic is he wants to reach blue collar whites he wants to reach non college whites.
These are people who supported Hillary Clinton heavily in the primaries of 2008.
They'd never really warm for Barack Obama.
And he doesn't have -- now but you know Jenna it's a really tough thing to transfer popularity.
What do you mean by that area need to have happen is just see sustain it -- -- is popular by himself and he can't kind of bat.
You know to give that -- tag -- -- to the president and make him settling more popular.
Exactly -- we have there's a long history of trying to do this through endorsements and other means and Bill Clinton was was saying to those voters that he was targeting.
Look I know you support me I know you support Hillary you don't currently support Barack Obama here -- the reasons why you should.
Now I'm sure some lesson but let's remember the election is two full months away.
Us -- that happens in early September.
Isn't going to have much impact on election November 6.
-- one of the things we did see is Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Warren who came before him on the stage really go negative and go aggressively after the Republicans.
In a way that we didn't really see.
As overtly at the Republican National Convention maybe disagree that Larry made needed -- apple what do you think there.
The republicans' response will be if any and does this change the strategy in any way on either side based on what was presented last night.
Well based on what I've -- Jenna Republicans don't want to tangle with Bill Clinton.
And the reason is the polls he's -- 70% popularity again remember he had a long dip there.
And the late ninety's all the way through -- the Bush Administration but now he's back at seventy.
Because people remember the economic good times in the 1990s.
But again I don't think that's going to translate.
For the November election should Republicans attack Bill Clinton.
I think they need to refute the facts he presented they may have other facts to counter the facts Bill Clinton presented including arithmetic.
Which was the field of President Clinton stressed but I don't think they -- -- to get into personal attacks on Bill Clinton it's pointless -- saying.
Arithmetic that'll be exciting television I'm sure will only present at one quick question here you Americans do like a comeback you mentioned the president.
President Clinton with a come back there after some -- You know obstacles in his career but you say what -- the interesting things that you -- -- at.
I secretary say Hillary Clinton may very well maker right into -- sixteen why do you think that is.
Oh I think you know once you have run for president and come achingly close to winning.
It's really tough to get rid of that bug in -- that as they say the only cure for it.
Is to be Six Feet Under well she's very much alive and very energetic.
And you know think about this -- -- is Barack Obama going to oppose Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Given the giant -- he now has to the clintons after last night.
The giant you put and the refrigerator like that -- I used to now.
Hits that I I don't know I don't know what the clintons do with them but I think they have a way of preserving them don't worry collect them filed them under our -- Larry -- -- it's it was interesting and -- we appreciate your perspective and -- is it -- to have you back on.
Thanks so much -- take care.
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