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As Clinton's Top Surrogate, Bill Has Been A Gaffe Machine

- April 14, 2016

On The Campaign Trail, Bill Clinton Has Been "Unpredictable," Often "Causing Headaches" As The Top Surrogate For His Wife's Campaign

Jezebel Headline: "Hillary Clinton Should Stop Letting This Rambling Old Man Speak For Her." (Julianne Shepherd, "Hillary Clinton Should Stop Letting This Rambling Old Man Speak For Her," Jezebel, 4/7/16)

When Bill Clinton Is Stumping For His Wife, "He Seems To Lose It." "In his post-White House years, Clinton has become a coveted Democratic surrogate. But when it comes to his wife's campaigns, something else can happen: He seems to lose it. It was true in this crucial nominating state in 2008, where Hillary Clinton lost badly to Barack Obama." (Abby Phillip, "Eight Years Later, Bill Clinton Is Causing Headaches For His Wife Again," The Washington Post , 2/15/16)

Bill Clinton Is An "Unpredictable Advocate" For His Wife. "And it's been true this month, when the former president has reemerged as a potent but unpredictable advocate who sometimes helps his wife's cause - and sometimes doesn't." (Abby Phillip, "Eight Years Later, Bill Clinton Is Causing Headaches For His Wife Again," The Washington Post , 2/15/16)

Politico Magazine Headline: "Hillary's Bill Problem Is Back." (Gil Troy, "Hillary's Bill Problem Is Back," Politico Magazine, 3/10/16)

The Washington Post Headline: "Eight Years Later, Bill Clinton Is Causing Headaches For His Wife Again." (Abby Phillip, "Eight Years Later, Bill Clinton Is Causing Headaches For His Wife Again," The Washington Post , 2/15/16)

Despite His Wife's Attempt To Court The Black Lives Matter Movement, Bill Clinton Angrily Scolded The Group, Accusing Them Of "Defending Murderous Drug Dealers"

At A Campaign Rally For His Wife, Bill Clinton Angrily Unloaded On Black Lives Matters Protestors, Yelling That By Protesting They Were Defending Drug Dealers And Murderers. BILL CLINTON: "Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait, wait. I want to be able to -- come on. No. Come on. Wait, wait, wait. Wait. You need to understand, this is what's the matter. I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African-American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn't. She didn't. You are defending the people who killed the lives, who you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who caused young people to go out and take guns. There was a 13-year-old girl in Washington, D.C. planning her own funeral, how would you do it? Look at these other ones. Look at this. That's not true!" (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Philadelphia, PA, 4/7/16)

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New York Magazine Headline: "Bill Clinton Accuses Black Lives Matter Protesters Of Defending Murderous Drug Dealers." (Eric Levitz, "Bill Clinton Accuses Black Lives Matter Protestors Of Defending Murderous Drug Dealers," New York Magazine, 4/7/16)

During Clinton's Campaign She Has "Courted" The Black Lives Matter Movement And Met With Activists To Discuss "Racial Justice And Law Enforcement Reform." " Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with Black Lives Matter advocates on Friday in Washington, D.C., to discuss racial justice and law enforcement reform. Attendees said Clinton talked more frankly about racism and the long legacy of slavery than she does in public, and they characterized the meeting as tough and productive. Clinton and her top competitor for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have courted Black Lives Matter activists while seeking to distinguish themselves on criminal justice reform." (Dana Liebelson and Ryan Rielly, "Inside Hillary Clinton's Meeting With Black Lives Matter," The Huffington Post, 10/9/16)

Bill Clinton Has Slammed The Obama Legacy, Which Hillary Embraces

Bill Clinton Criticized Obama's Performance As President, Saying That "Unlike When I Became President, A Lot Of Things Are Coming Apart Around The World Now." BILL CLINTON: "And keep in mind, unlike when I became president a lot of things are coming apart around the world now." (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Philadelphia, PA, 4/7/16)

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At A Campaign Rally, Bill Clinton Slammed Obama's "Awful Legacy." BILL CLINTON: "I literally from the time I met her 45 years ago until we talked yesterday, she is the best change maker I have ever known. She always finds a way to make something good happen, to make people feel empowered, to buy people into the process, to make democracy work the way the framers intended for it to work. Now if you don't believe we can all grow together again, if you don't believe we're ever going to grow again, if you believe it's more important to re-litigate the past, there may be many reasons that you don't want to support her. But if you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we've finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics with no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her. Because she's the only person who basically has good ideas, will tell you how she's going to pay for them, can be commander-in-chief, and is a proven change maker with Republicans and Democrats and Independents alike." (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Spokane, WA, 3/21/16)

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Bill Clinton: Most "Can't Find" Themselves In Obama's "Pretty Picture" Of The Economy. BILL CLINTON: "So, you got a lot of people that say, 'oh that's a really pretty picture Mr. President and I know you're telling the truth, and he is, but right now I can't find myself in it.' Hillary is running for president so that every single person in this country can find themselves in that picture for the future." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, St. Louis, MO, 3/8/16)

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Bill Clinton Said President Obama Was Not A "Change-Maker." "America doesn't have a 'president that's a change-maker,' according to a clip of former president Bill Clinton that aired on MSNBC. The footage of a Tennessee event broadcast Friday night showed the former president talking about his wife, Hillary Clinton, as being 'the best change-maker I've ever known.'" (Kristen East, "Bill Clinton: Hillary Would Be An Actual 'Change-Maker'," Politico, 2/13/16)

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Hillary Clinton Has Been Attempting To Draw Comparisons Between Herself And President Obama And Has Said She Will Protect His Legacy If Elected. "Bill Clinton's remarks come a week before the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and two weeks before the South Carolina Democratic primary, at a time when Hillary Clinton has drawn comparisons between herself and Obama, who is highly popular among the Democratic base, and talks about the importance of protecting his legacy." (Kristen East, "Bill Clinton: Hillary Would Be An Actual 'Change-Maker'," Politico, 2/13/16)


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