Today in Illinois, Bill Clinton was out en force as Hillary Clinton’s chief surrogate. He touted “his wife’s ideas on health care, the environment, the nation’s housing crisis, college tuition and the Iraq war, while also seeking to promote her as someone who could end partisan fighting in Washington—something Republicans readily dispute.” Bill’s presentation was all about Hillary… with nary a mention of her opponent Barack Obama.
“We have a challenge around the world,” Clinton said. “Here’s why I think you should all support Hillary: She says America is yearning to get beyond partisan fights of the last seven years and go back to working on big things together. The way to achieve national unity is to involve people in working together toward big goals.”
Bill Clinton also said Hillary’s proposals for “alternative energy sources and green-friendly construction research could create jobs in rural farm areas of Southern Illinois through the promotion of ethanol and biodiesel,” coupling together the important issues of the environment and the economy.
“If you look around the world at the rich countries that have grown in this decade, that have rising income and no increase in inequality, they all have one thing in common: Every single one of them made a serious commitment to a clean, efficient, independent energy future,” Clinton said.
“Think about where we are in southern Illinois. It is the only thing we could do that would create jobs in every rural area, every small town, every suburb and every big city in America.”
Now, that’s the stuff voters want to hear. And that’s the stuff that makes this look so petty.