Bill Clinton was on the stump today doing some “powerful campaigning in Florida for the first time on Obama’s behalf.” Clinton, Greg Sargent reports on TPM, “laid out an interesting argument against McCain-Palin, claiming that the economy will consume so much of the new president’s attention that the Veep will be forced to play a bigger role on the world stage”…
Powerful stuff from Bill Clinton today, who was totally on message:
“Senator Obama has spoken a lot about how we oughta relate to the world, and yes, he’ll get out and travel some in the first year, we should want him to do it. But he is going to have to be really focused on fixing this economy. That means that role of the Vice President in repairing quickly our relations with the rest of the world will be relatively more important in the first two years of the next presidency.”And I am just telling you, you can talk to me or anybody else at any time in Washington, and they will tell you there is nobody, nobody in the entire United States senate that understands the political, the economic, and the security challenges and opportunities of the world better than Joe Biden does. He is a superb choice.”
Impeccably timed by the Master, raising the stakes for the Veep choice right on the eve of the Veep debate.
Thank you Big Dog! Steve Benen points out on The Washington Monthly, ” that “later, in the same speech, Clinton tied the messages together: “The Obama/Biden ticket, and particularly Senator Obama, have a better philosophy, better answers, better understanding, better advisers, a better vice presidential candidate, and a better plan for Florida…. This is not close, folks. It is not a close question.””