Bill Clinton to November voters: ‘Give us two more years’by George Bennett | August 17th, 2010
DELRAY BEACH — Former President Bill Clinton came to the sweaty gym at Pompey Park on Monday to pump up Kendrick Meek’s Democratic Senate primary bid. But he devoted most of his remarks to a defense of Democratic policies over the past two years and, with Democrats facing tough elections in November, said the party needs more time to bring America out of a “very deep hole” dug by Republicans.
Clinton knows something about tough midterm elections. As a first-term president with Democratic majorities in Congress, he saw the GOP capture both the House and Senate in the 1994 elections.
Read some of Monday’s Clinton excerpts after the jump….
Clinton on the overall political climate:
“This is supposed to be a tough year for Democrats anyway because most people don’t feel much better off than they did a year and a half ago. Unemployment is still high and the Republicans have said…’You know, they didn’t fix the mess we made in a year and a half so you all should put us back in.’ Except they want to do all over again what got us into the mess in the first place.”
Clinton says voting while angry is usually a mistake:
“I know a lot of people are mad and a lot of people are frustrated. But I want you to think about this…..Every time in your life you had an important decision just because you were mad there’s about an 80 percent chance you made a mistake, isn’t there? So what I want you to think about is how people can deal with their frustration and their anger and their fear and their worry.”
Clinton says President Obama and the Democratic Congress deserve more credit:
“If you’re a Democrat you need to hold your head up and I’m tired of hearing about how we’re all bellyaching…It’s no secret that I tried hard to defeat President Obama in the primaries….But I want to tell you something. It is my professional opinion that he has done a much better job than he has gotten credit for so far and so has the Congress.”
Clinton says U.S. still trying to get out of a “very deep hole”:
“When you get in a hole, the first thing you’re supposed to do is quit digging. We have to quit digging. We haven’t built our way out of that hole as fast as anybody wanted. But it was a very deep hole. If you choose the alternative, what they’re going to do is show up every one of them when they get sworn into Congress they’ll have one hand on the Bible and the other hand, they’ll be holding a shovel. They want to dig again.”
Another Clinton warning about angry voters:
“I honestly believe this country’s best days can still be ahead. But, you know, we get into the future by changing, by thinking, by doing. So if people are just mad and they want to hear somebody vent, we’re in trouble. And if people say, ‘Oh, I’m too disillusioned to go vote,’ they might as well be voting for the other side…
Clinton returns to hole metaphor, asks voters to give Democrats more time to get out:
“A year and a half just wasn’t enough time to get us out of the hole we were in. So I want you to stick with us. Give us two more years. Two more years, you’ve got another election…But for goodness sakes, don’t go back to the shovel brigade. We have stopped digging. We don’t need to start digging again.”
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