Politico: How Claire Got on Hillary’s Enemies List
January 14, 2014

This is an excerpt from the Politico Report of how Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill angered the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign in 2008.

“When the Clintons sat in judgment, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) got the seat closest to the fire. Bill and Hillary had gone all out for her when she ran for Senate in 2006, as had Obama. But McCaskill seemed to forget that favor when NBC’s Tim Russert asked her whether Bill had been a great president, during a Meet the Press debate against then-Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) in October 2006. “He’s been a great leader,” McCaskill said of Bill, “but I don’t want my daughter near him.”
McCaskill regretted her remark instantly; the anguish brought her “to the point of epic tears,” according to a friend. She knew the comment had sounded much more deliberate than a forgivable slip of the tongue. So did Hillary, who immediately canceled a planned fundraiser for McCaskill. A few days later, McCaskill called Bill Clinton to offer a tearful apology. He was gracious, which just made McCaskill feel worse. After winning the seat, she was terrified of running into Hillary Clinton in the Capitol. “I really don’t want to be in an elevator alone with her,” McCaskill confided to the friend.
But Hillary, who was just then embarking on her presidential campaign, still wanted something from McCaskill—the Missourian’s endorsement. Women’s groups, including the pro-choice women’s fundraising network EMILY’s List, pressured McCaskill to jump aboard the Clinton bandwagon, and Hillary courted her new colleague personally, setting up a one-on-one lunch in the Senate Dining Room in early 2007. Rather than ask for McCaskill’s support directly, Hillary took a softer approach, seeking common ground on the struggles of campaigning, including the physical toll. “There’s a much more human side to Hillary,” McCaskill thought.
Obama, meanwhile, was pursuing McCaskill, too, in a string of conversations on the Senate floor. Clearly, Hillary thought she had a shot at McCaskill. But for McCaskill, the choice was always whether to endorse Obama or stay on the sidelines. In January 2008 she not only became the first female senator to endorse Obama, but she also made the case to his team that her support would be amplified if Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Janet Napolitano came out for him at roughly the same time. McCaskill offered up a small courtesy, calling Hillary’s personal aide, Huma Abedin, ahead of the endorsement to make sure it didn’t blindside Hillary.
But the trifecta of women leaders giving Obama their public nod was a devastating blow. Hate is too weak a word to describe the feelings that Hillary’s core loyalists still have for McCaskill, who seemed to deliver a fresh endorsement of Obama—and a caustic jab at Hillary—every day during the long primary season.

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Clinton Leads Global Conference at StL’s Wash U
April 6, 2013

(AP) — Former President Bill Clinton and a panel of successful entrepreneurs had a simple message Friday for college students gathered in St. Louis: Dream big, have a social conscience and commit to your goals.

The former president brought his Clinton Global Initiative to Washington University. More than 1,000 university students from 75 countries and all 50 states are gathered for a weekend of sessions seeking practical and innovative solutions to the world’s problems.

Friday’s inaugural session, led by Clinton, was a discussion on helping young entrepreneurs and innovators get started. Clinton was joined by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, a St. Louis native, along with Moving Windmills founder William Kamkwamba, Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi and clothing designer Kenneth Cole.

Topics throughout the weekend will address a host of concerns: women’s issues, water shortages, prescription drug abuse, poverty in America’s Rust Belt, human trafficking, global sanitation worries.

“We’re here in no small measure because we trust you to shape the future of the world,” Clinton told the students in the packed auditorium.

Dorsey’s first tweet was seven years ago. Now, 500 million users tweet 400 million messages every day.

“That’s reasonable growth,” Clinton joked.

Dorsey said he wanted to create an instant communication vehicle that could be used by someone with a $5 cellphone in Kenya as easily as a wealthy celebrity or President Barack Obama.

“All you have to do is speak up,” Dorsey said.

Romney Hopes Clinton Intro Does for Him What Convo Speech Did for Obama
September 25, 2012

(AP) – Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney says he hopes to get an election-year bounce from an unlikely ally.

Former President Bill Clinton introduced Romney before Romney’s speech Tuesday to Clinton’s annual global conference in New York and praised Romney’s support for the AmeriCorps program.

Romney joked that if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s that, quote, “a few words from Bill Clinton can do a man a lot of good.”

It was a nod to Clinton’s speech praising President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month, and the slight bounce in the polls for Obama that followed.

Romney’s campaign says he spoke backstage with Clinton and Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, before delivering his speech. Clinton and Romney appeared chummy as they shook hands and chatted onstage afterward.

Commentator David Gergen on the Missouri Sebate Race, Super PACs and Did Bill Clinton His Fastball
June 7, 2012

Commentator David Gergen

Political analyst David Gergen told a Kansas City crowd that that the top of the ticket, the presidential campaign in Missouri, may be the real key to the state’s US Senate race.

Gergen was the speaker at a Greater Chamber of Commerce Thursday in downtown Kansas City.

The latest poll, by the Democratic leaning, by the firm, Public Policy Polling, gave the President a one-point lead, 45-44 over Mitt Romney.. That poll was in the field in late May.

“Increasingly, Senate candidates are tied to the coattails of the presidential candidate”, Gergen said in an interview with KMBC TV

Much of McCaskill’s current campaign in centered on knocking groups like ‘Crossroads GPS’ and the US Chamber of Commerce. Last week, she called them ‘front groups” for anonymous conservative money.

Gergen, however, says McCaskill is not unique. He says Super PACs all over the nation are targeting the other side’s vulnerable candidates.

“I live in Massachusetts, we’ve got a Republican Senator, Scott Brown,” said Gergen.

“Money is pouring in for Elizabeth Warren, his Democratic opponent. So it happens both ways.”

Gergen predicts the Super PACs will continue to be a major factor in the 2012 campaign and maybe for a couple of more years. But he also expects Congress to try and add more transparency to the Super PAC process.

Gergen appears on CNN as part of its political coverage. He is also on the faculty at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In the interview, he defended former President Bill Clinton.

Democrats have been criticizing the former President for advocating an extension of the Bush era tax cuts. Clinton has also stated recently he thinks the US continues to be in a recession. Both statements are at odds with the Obama re-election campaign

Gergen called it ‘insulting’ for some Democrats to complain about Clinton. Some hint, at age 65, he may has ‘lost some of his fastball’.

“I think whether he consciously decided it or not, I think he was trying to nudge President Obama to change his campaign tactics.”

Politico: Clinton Reviews Obama’s 2012 GOP Rivals
July 3, 2011

Politico:  Bill Clinton thinks Mitt Romney is much improved from his last presidential run, admits he kind of likes Jon Huntsman, and says Michele Bachmann is looking like “a better candidate” than he thought.

The former president went on to say that he believes President Barack Obama will win in 2012, and outlined what he believes would be a winning argument.

Clinton, looking trim and sounding vital, gave his meandering critique of the presidential field in a last-minute, hour-long appearance in a huge white tent at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Saturday evening, in response to the final question by moderator Ron Brownstein.

“I’m always reluctant to say the strongest candidates, because I’m afraid I’ll kill ’em, and I don’t have the right to do that,” the former president said, to chuckles from the audience of 800.

“But, y’know, I like the governors: I like Huntsman and Romney. Romney’s a MUCH better candidate than he was last time, because he’s not apologizing for signing the health-care bill. He’s got another creative way of saying we oughta repeal Obamacare, but that’s prob’ly the price of gettin’ the nomination.

“Huntsman hasn’t said what he’s for yet, but I just kinda like him. [laughter] He LOOKS authentic – he looks like a real guy. [laughter] I mean, a real human being. I like his family, I like his kind of iconoclastic way. And he was a pretty good governor. And he wasn’t a right-wing ideologue.

“Bachmann’s been a better candidate than I THOUGHT she’d be, and I don’t agree with her on nearly anything. But she’s got a very compelling personal story, and she gotta lot of juice, and she turns [on] a lot of those anti-government crowd.”

Clinton did not mention any other Republicans. He went on to say he has “always thought” Obama would win. The centrist, crunchy crowd applauded.

“He can talk about what he DID do,” the former president continued. “He took steps which avoided a depression. He saved the automobile industry — by not just bailing them out, but by requiring a serious restructuring. … When he took office, we had 2 percent of the global market for the electric batteries that will power the next generation of all-electric cars and hybrid vehicles. And on Jan. 1 of this year, we had 20 percent of the global market. …

“It’s not like he doesn’t have a story to tell. I also think he’s done a good job in trying to harmonize America’s differences, trying to widen the circle of opportunity. I think he’s got a good record on gay rights. I think he’s got a good record on trying to promote diversity in a positive way. …
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