Bill Clinton Endorses Bera During Massive UC Davis Rally

“When you look at these guys, you see what America is about," Clinton said of candidates John Garamendi, Ami Bera, Jerry McNerney and Jose Hernandez.

Thousands of people gathered on the UC Davis quad Tuesday morning to watch former President Bill Clinton endorse four northern California congressional candidates.

The crowd was estimated to be about 8,000-12,000 deep, and signs for candidates John Garamendi (CA-03) and Ami Bera (CA-07) were scattered throughout. The other two candidates endorsed Tuesday were Jerry McNerney (CA-09) and Jose Hernandez (CA-10). All four are in tight races.

The star the show, though, was Clinton himself.  

Congressman Garamendi, the last of the four candidates to speak, introduced the former president, who stepped to the lectern amid a swell of cheers.  

“I want to do something that is sort of atypical for political rallies,” Clinton began. “Something rather different from that last debate–let’s go back to facts.”

A swell of laughter ran through the crowd as Clinton turned his attention to the four candidates on the stage.

“When you look at these guys, you see what America is about,” Clinton said. “We have four people who believe for four very different reasons that a country of ‘We’re all in this together’ works way better than a country of ‘You’re on your own.’ ” 

He took turns praising each candidate, starting with Garamendi, who was Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

“He protected the environment for you,” Clinton said. “And his wife worked over at the Peace Corps to promote service around the world so people could see America’s best face.”

He then turned his attention to Elk Grove resident . Clinton called Bera a “product of the American Dream.”

He ran down Bera’s resume and segued into a discussion about healthcare, saying Republicans are busy trying to control women’s choices rather than ensuring that everybody has access to healthcare–something Clinton said Bera has made a priority, not only in his campaign but in his career as a doctor. 

In discussing the qualifications of the four Democratic candidates, Clinton regularly took jabs at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, routinely questioning his “arithmetic,” just as he did in his popular Democratic National Convention speech.

Davis resident Jennifer Seger saw Clinton when he spoke at UC Davis in 2008 to endorse Hillary Clinton. She was excited to see him pass through Davis a second time.

“It was amazing,” she said. “He’s one of the most articulate speakers I’ve ever heard.”

Clinton wound down his speech by saying that Republican candidates, both presidential and congressional, are trying to influence these elections with large amounts of money (thanks to Citizens United). He called it the "fog of war," and said that "there's a lot of it being spread around" by the Republican Party in the current election cycle. 

He left the stage to a roaring crowd and spent some time shaking hands before hitting the road. He has campaign stops scheduled in Nevada and Arizona as well this week. 

Is Clinton's endorsement a big deal for these candidates? How much will his support factor into these elections? 

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M.Legison October 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Saying it again, Clinton is Demo star power, so of course his endorsement is of some value. It's unlikely that anyone attending this rally was undecided, and Clinton could tell his audience that Mitt Romney was the greatest choice imaginable and California would still go Obama, so his real value here was probably enhancing voter turnout.
Think Free October 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Bill Clinton is the only president we have had in the last fifty years that has left with a budget surplus. Everyone should be learning from that experience. There are a lot of people in this country that feel their way to voting, instead of look at the facts! I would love to see both sides stop being so damn partisan, realize that their are other people than themselves, that think differently and if your job is politics you HAVE to give in, give up and negotiate.
alang October 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
When Clinton took office the trade deficit was $39 billion a year. When he left office it was $390 billion a year as he pushed through admitting currency rigging China to the WTO and let them import massive amounts of slave labor goods . He dismantled Glass-Steagal with the aid of Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin, and approved of 'deregulation' of the commodity/futures markets leading to the economic and banking collapse of 2008 and presided over an immoral and illegal war in Serbia, bombing children and infrastructure with radioactive shells. He was involved in Monica-gate and Vince Foster-gate. Regarding his so called Budget surplus, it was all sleight of hand as he 'borrowed' from the following sources to achieve it to boost Democrats election chances. For example, in 2000, Clinton claimed a $230B surplus, but Clinton borrowed $152.3B from Social Security $30.9B from Civil Service Retirement Fund $18.5B from Federal Supplementary Medical insurance Trust Fund $15.0B from Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund $9.0B from the Federal Unemployment Trust Fund $8.2B from Military Retirement Fund $3.8B from Transportation Trust Funds $1.8B from Employee Life Insurance & Retirement fund $7.0B from others The one good thing you can say about Bill Clinton is that under only two presidents in the last nearly 100 years has the middle class median income went up and he was one of them, JFK was the other. He was only elected by 43 pc of the people.
Think Free October 13, 2012 at 08:58 PM
alang Where did you get your info?
Think Free October 13, 2012 at 08:59 PM
How come you forgot to mention things like welfare reform?


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