The Last Word | November 04, 2012
>>> have given my voice in the service of my president.
>> what was once a relationship of political necessity has blossomed into a full-on presidential bromance. the relationship between president obama and former president bill clinton has been on full display on the campaign trail. after four events between wisconsin and ohio on thursday, president clinton was in florida on friday, first in lake worth , then speaking to supporters in ft. myers. next st. petersburg outside of tampa before ending in tallahassee. then yesterday, president clinton shifted his focus to virginia, beginning his morning in chesapeake and ending his day in bristow about an hour outside of washington, d.c. he there introduced president obama to a crowd of supporters. before the president made his case to virginia voters. today, the presidents started a four-state double team strategy. in new hampshire in front of 14,000 supporters, president clinton was moving on to north carolina . because president clinton can't be in two places at once, he let his words speak for him in iowa. he wrote --
>> joinianna marie cox, the tonit is striking how much this relationship has warmed up in the last four years.
>> it is. at first, you could tell clinton was being a good soldier. he was going out and doing what he needed to do, wasn't having maybe the best time. over the past year, i think we've seen clinton starting to have the good time he always has, and that turning into, yeah, a bromance between the two of them. like that last rally, think did the high five. they're getting there.
>> let's talk about the fact that they are getting along better is a good thing, but clinton and his appeal to a class of voter that the president has not been able to crack, which is white working class voters.
>> that's right. we saw that bill clinton is obviously making these appearances in person in these swing states . but i was down in south carolina , and that clinton ad where he talks about obama is running nonstop in south carolina , not exactly a swing state . but again, i think if you look at bill clinton , he is a singular figure in american politics . there is no comparable figure in the republican party and he can appeal across the board to latinos, african-americans, college educated white people . and that is why you see him out there front and center and he plays an important role in terms of advising the obama campaign in terms of strategy. november 9 of last year, there was a meeting where bill clinton advised them to frame mitt romney as a severe conservative rather than focusing on his flip-flopping across the issues. and that is what you've seen play out over these last many months.
>> anna, the usage of fleetwood mac is a nostalgic piece, but the president mentions clinton as a sort -- harkens back to the golden era of america where we had surpluses and everybody was happy. but is a departure of where he's been previously.
>> it's true. i think that, yes, like that clinton period people remember fondly. people do not remember the george bush period fondly. his instincts on the stump are obviously just amazing. the speech he gave last night, there's no other politician with the amplitude that clinton has.
>> each in that op-ed, you have it ending with a more perfect union, going from very sort of hard hitting political tact --
>> he can go from blue grass to opera in a single paragraph.
>> republicans are scared of bill clinton . michele bachmann and her campaign sent this note to her supporters. fellow conservatives, no time to explain, i just got word that bill clinton is coming to my district to campaign against me. i need you to support right away. as though he's a hurricane all by himself.
>> that's interesting. republicans have in some ways embraced bill clinton , as well. one of the oddest moments was hearing newt gingrich praise bill clinton . i was like, did you live through that presidency where there was such loggerheads? so i think it backfired with them embracing bill clinton as a moderate and trying to frame president obama as carter, because that was very much poking the bear, and the bear very much bit back.
>> the bear has woken. thank you both for joining me