Former President Bill Clinton makes case for President Barack Obama in Orlando
Former President Bill Clinton speaks to Obama supporters in Orlando on Monday. (Times photo, Willie J. Allen Jr.)
Former President Bill Clinton talked up education, energy, the economy and health care Monday in making the re-election case for President Barack Obama, who missed the planned double-bill rally at the University of Central Florida to monitor Hurricane Sandy from Washington.
Clinton, who spoke for about 30 minutes, said Obama would strengthen the middle class and give the poor a chance to work their way into it — a rare mention of poverty this campaign. Clinton took a few jabs at Republican Mitt Romney, saying even the more moderate Romney of late would undo the best of what Obama has done.
“Shucks, I don’t mind Gov. Romney wanting to be president. I did, too,” Clinton said. “But this isn’t about the candidates.”
Then the 42nd president displayed his trademark style of substance-heavy themes explained with an easy-going delivery to tell voters why the election is about them.