Bill Clinton to campaign with Obama
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Their relationship has been anything but close, and at times has been downright rocky. But Barack Obama and Bill Clinton will put aside any misgivings and appear together on the campaign trail on Wednesday.
Former President Clinton will appear with Democratic presidential candidate Obama at an evening rally in Orlando, Florida, as Obama makes a final push in the state before the Nov. 4 presidential election, an Obama aide said.
It will be their first campaign appearance together, and their first time together in public since Obama visited Clinton on Sept. 11 in New York.
Obama is challenging Republican presidential nominee John McCain in Florida and about a dozen other states won by President George W. Bush in 2004, and polls show him with a slight lead in Florida.
“I predict that Senator Obama will win and win handily,” Clinton said in September, drawing a friendly response from Obama.
“You can take it from the president of the United States,” Obama said. “He knows a little something about politics.”
The two were less than friendly during the fierce primary battle between Obama and Clinton’s wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, when Bill Clinton questioned Obama’s opposition to the Iraq war and made a series of comments that appeared to slight Obama’s experience and accomplishments.