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Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:48 AM

 

two questions for Hillary supporters......

I can understand why Bill Clinton might stay out of the limelight during the primaries.

But during the general election, his ability to frame issues would make him a powerful asset.

The republicans are easily 100 times crazier than they were when he was President.
He could slice them to ribbons.

Do you think that the Big Dog will be the primary attack dog in the general if she wins the nomination?

Just being the first "First Gentleman" would be pretty amazing.

Former President in that role?

What do think his role would be?

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Reply two questions for Hillary supporters...... (Original post)
virtualobserver Jun 2015 OP
Gothmog Jun 2015 #1
virtualobserver Jun 2015 #8
HassleCat Jun 2015 #2
virtualobserver Jun 2015 #9
HassleCat Jun 2015 #11
Agnosticsherbet Jun 2015 #3
JoePhilly Jun 2015 #4
Sancho Jun 2015 #5
cyberswede Jun 2015 #6
virtualobserver Jun 2015 #10
NCTraveler Jun 2015 #7
Lil Missy Jun 2015 #12

Response to virtualobserver (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:50 AM

1. That is to be decided at the time

It depends who is the VP and if the VP is comfortable being the attack person

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 12:32 PM

8. it is hard for me to imagine a better attack person.....

 

but it is the traditional role of the VP

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Response to virtualobserver (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:53 AM

2. The foundation

 

One of his big things will be promoting the foundation. I'm sure his speaking fee will be astronomical, so he'll rake in the bucks for the foundation. The whole family has been doing exactly that for a while now.

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Response to HassleCat (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 12:35 PM

9. but wouldn't that revive the conflict of interest criticisms? n/t

 

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Response to virtualobserver (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 01:30 PM

11. Not illegal

 

I believe it's customary for serving presidents to refuse speaking fees, but their wives have taken in big charitable contributions for ages. I imagine Bill ad Chelsea Clinton will do the same when Hillary becomes president. (Yes, I admit she'll probably win.) I much prefer the Sanders model, which holds to the traditional role of a public servant. I think a former secretary of state should not charge what the market will bear, but only what is reasonable, and should only appear for worthy causes. Yes, the Clintons use their foundation as a political tool. Canadian energy corporations do not give money to US charities because they're worried about American kids getting obese. They give money because they want to be connected to people who can help them, and the Clintons are such people. Is it quid pro quo? Legally, no. I don't like it, but it will pass ethics guidelines, which I would argue are too loose.

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Response to virtualobserver (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:56 AM

3. His role should be whatever the new President wants it to be.

He is the best politician of his generation.

He could fill what ever role he wants.

I suspect, like first wives, he will choose a role

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Response to virtualobserver (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:57 AM

4. He will be used in states where his popularity is high.

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Response to virtualobserver (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 12:19 PM

5. I doubt he will campaign for Hillary, but he will likely help with fundraisers.

Bill would upstage Hillary in some cases, so I would think he would attend "closed door" events, continue with the Foundation, and maybe hit some late night shows or other entertainment spots.

Of course, I might be wrong.

Haha..Bill would make an awesome VP!!

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Response to virtualobserver (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 12:21 PM

6. I certainly hope he campaigns for HIllary if she's the nominee

I see him as an asset - the same way Michelle Obama was an asset for PBO.

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 12:38 PM

10. his ability to attack with a smile......

 

very powerful

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Response to virtualobserver (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 12:23 PM

7. If I were Hillary, he would be standing next to me a a large portion of events.

 

Very limited speaking. Just a little laugh here and there. When people see his face they smile. They get a good feeling. Everyone in their right mind would want that association. Just like people who hand things out before they present something. It automatically associates the speaker with something good. It is done on a smaller scale in every single campaign.

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Response to virtualobserver (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 01:34 PM

12. Sorry, my crystal ball is in the shop this week. n/t

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