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Clinton: “I oughta be the tea party’s poster child”

by Jeff Ostrowski | November 1st, 2010

Former Pres. Bill Clinton, right, shakes hands with Democratic candidate for Florida governor Alex Sink, as Rep. Alan Grayson D-Fla., right, watches at the end of a Florida Democratic Party rally in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO — Speaking to several hundred voters Monday night, former President Bill Clinton stumped for Alex Sink and Kendrick Meek and chided Republicans for the big deficits that came before and after his two terms.

In a nod to the tea party’s influence in an election that’s expected to go badly for Democrats, Clinton pointed to his years in the White House as rare examples of balanced budgets and robust job growth.

“Where is the love?” Clinton asked. “I oughta be the tea party’s poster child.”

Speaking from an outdoor stage near Lake Eola, Clinton also bashed Republicans for cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

“I don’t know why I’m not over there at one of their rallies,” he said. “They’re just throwing money at me.”

Former Pres. Bill Clinton, left, shakes hands with Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Kendrick Meek as Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., center, watches at the end of a Florida Democratic Party rally in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Clinton shared the stage with gubernatorial candidate Sink, Senate candidate Meek and other Democrats. His visit was an effort to excite Democratic voters, who are expected to stay away from the polls this election. In a letdown from the 2008 presidential election, political analysts say young people and blacks are unlikely to turn out in large numbers on Election Day.

But Clinton pointed to the enthusiastic crowd in Orlando as evidence that Democrats are fired up to vote.

“I keep looking for this enthusiasm gap the Republicans say exists, and I can’t find it to save my life,” Clinton said.

During his 30-minute speech, Clinton urged voters to support Sink and Meek. He criticized Sink’s Republican opponent, Rick Scott, for running a hospital chain that paid $1.7 billion for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.

Clinton made no mention of last week’s reports that he talked to Meek about dropping out of the three-way Senate race. Polls show Republican Marco Rubio with a comfortable lead, followed by Gov. Charlie Crist in second and Meek a distant third. Meek shrugged off his weak showing in the polls.

“My faith drives me to believe that the people of goodwill will vote tomorrow, and I will be your next U.S. senator,” Meek said.

The stump speeches included a fair amount of trash talk. Scott Maddox, the Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, predicted that Scott’s investment of $73 million of his own money in his campaign will leave him disappointed.

“He’s going to wake up Wednesday morning and figure out he bought a $73 million butt-whuppin’,” Maddox said. “And that hurts a whole lot worse than a regular butt-whuppin’.”

Polls show Sink and Scott in a too-close-to-call race for governor.

Clinton, meanwhile, acknowledged the rage felt by tea party activists over large deficits. Clinton said the Wall Street bailout signed by President Bush made him “sick,” but he said it was the only way to save the U.S. economy from collapse.


15 Responses to “Clinton: “I oughta be the tea party’s poster child””

  1. Eddie Gin Says:

    What type of Libtard goes to these rallies to see this pathetic JOKE from AK. PUKE

  2. Be Nice Says:

    No Bubba, you’re just Monica’s do-boy.

  3. Beofre Obama he was the poster child for disgrace and stupidity Says:

    That’s just like a democrap! He’s taking credit for what the Repub congress accimplished while he was out wagging his crooked weener! Too bad Barney Frank didn’t get ahold of it, he’d roasted and toasted it and slick willie wouldn’t be out hitting the road shows and telling everybody how great he was! The American people have a very short memory!

  4. Louie Says:

    Has anyone noticed that Clinton is in Florida campaigning against the Democrat ?

  5. l Says:

    i cant wait till the clintons become grandparents maybe that will make them go away.
    enough already you have had your turn and left quite an impression for the world from the oval office especially using it as your personal love shack now be a big boy and let some ones else have a chance.

  6. blaquecofy Says:

    Really, is this what we are doing now?

    Just get out and vote for whoever you think is going to serve your interests….

    We are too old for this stuff!!!!!

  7. mike Says:

    History books will always show the truth (except maybe in Texas where they want to re-write the history books)Bill Clinton will always be known as one of the great leaders, George W Bush as one of the worst and the T-party will be a sickening but laughable footnote. Americas richest are probably laughing right now.

  8. Unreal Says:

    Clinton came down to campaign for Kendrick again. He had no choice. Kendrick told them to pound sand on their little scheme to get him out, so the best thing Willie could do is come down and stump for him and hope they get enough people turned out.
    This race has illuminated the democrats desperation more than anything. They are so scared of Rubio, but in fact, Rand Paul is the guy they should have spent time and money to try to defeat. He is the poster child of the election, not Rubio.

  9. Unreal Says:

    Hey Mike.

    I guess if the liberals get their way and continue to hack away at American history the Tea Party will go by the wayside. Yes liberals want to teach only recent American history in school and do away with the founding of our nation.

    That little Tea Party thing lead to the Sons of Liberty and the American Revolution and our Constitution. Maybe you didn’t learn that in school.

    It is time for third parties to inject themselves in national races, and break the ridiculous power being held by both parties.

  10. rjr Says:

    Right @ the GOP,

    My fear is that these members will play a major part in destroying our well being. Whereas money is part of life but it’s certainly not everything. They have embarrassed true Republic’s like me who has chosen to move to the center and lean left to many of the issues. It is clear the GOP in completely out of control, and my ass they care about the next generation.

  11. Thanks Kendrick - Love, Marco Says:

    Couldn’t have done it without your ego!

  12. Friday Says:

    The only reason Clinton was fiscally responsible was because of the ’94 elections and Newt Gingrich. So yes, he should be the posterboy for the TEA Party. And the caption should read, “How to fix a liberal President: Vote Republican in the mid-terms”.

  13. Christopher M Davis Says:

    Bill Clinton has always had trouble telling the truth–Reagan is responsible for the Budget Surplus that continued to add up while Clinton took office and attempted National healthcare reform and then flip-flopped on that etc . Clinton
    would be and should be poster child for “SCHMOOZERS R US” and he needs to write his true memoir titled ” How To Fleece SOME OF ‘em ALL of the Time” (aka How I Kept The Democratic Sheep in my Pocket)

  14. DrDawn Says:

    Clinton had a Republican legislature proposing the budget he claims as his own brilliance. Obama has a Dem legislature and they STILL haven’t proposed a budget for this year. BTW, the Dems have controlled both houses of the legislative branch since the 2006 election, which is exactly when the deficit (which was the lowest in 5 years and decreasing) started increasing again, then exploded with the Obama administration.

  15. Eddie Gin Says:

    Memo to Mike: I think you drink what you stream out in the morning. PUKE
    You might be a bigger libtard than your boy BILL. I’m sure you go to bed at night dreaming your were Monica L. You can bet the ranch you wouldn’t have left no evidence behind. I know

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