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Two Presidents for the Price of One: Obama to Campaign With Clinton

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Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to make joint appearances with President Barack Obama at a series of fundraisers.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. meets with former President Bill Clinton in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

President Obama is trying to position himself as a Clinton-esque leader running against what he hopes Americans will see as uninspiring, out-of-touch opponents. So why not go straight to the source and get some help? Bloomberg reports:

Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to make joint appearances with President Barack Obama at a series of fundraisers, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The 42nd and the 44th presidents will appear together at events in the coming months in Los AngelesChicago and New York, according to one of the people. The New York fundraiser is aimed at donors in the financial services industry, said the person, who like the others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they hadn’t been authorized to talk about the events.[...]

The prospect of a meeting with Obama as well as the former president, whose favorability rating was 67 percent in a Pew Research Center poll last year, may entice more donors, especially those who retain some loyalty to Hillary Clinton, who lost to Obama in the 2008 Democratic nomination contest, one of the people said.

This is not the first time Clinton has helped his first Democratic successor out in a tight spot. In 2010, Clinton seized control of a press conference hosted by Obama to deliver a resounding defense of Democratic unity over taxes:

 

 
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