Bill Clinton to Join Obama Fundraisers

Ex-prez to help Obama woo Wall Street donors

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 6, 2012 2:06 AM CST | Updated Mar 6, 2012 6:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Bill Clinton has agreed to help President Obama grow his 2012 war chest. The 42nd president will be joining the 44th at a series of fundraisers in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, aimed mainly at the financial services industry, insiders tell Bloomberg. Considering how much Republican super PACs are spending, "President Clinton’s personal support is the most effective starter’s gun we have," says a Democratic strategist.

"This is still another development that reinforces Obama’s status as the front runner heading into the general election,” noted the chief political strategist at the Potomac Research Group. “The Democrats are amazingly united, with very little dissent, while the Republicans have ripped themselves apart." Just four years ago, top Democrats were telling Bill Clinton to tone down his anti-Obama rhetoric.

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton shake hands at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York last year.
President Obama and former President Bill Clinton shake hands at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York last year.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama listens as former President Bill Clinton speaks at a building under construction in Washington, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
President Barack Obama listens as former President Bill Clinton speaks at a building under construction in Washington, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama, right, and former President Bill Clinton talk during a game of golf at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
President Barack Obama, right, and former President Bill Clinton talk during a game of golf at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama embrace at the Clinton Global Initiative, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in New York.
Former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama embrace at the Clinton Global Initiative, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama embrace at the Clinton Global Initiative, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in New York.
Former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama embrace at the Clinton Global Initiative, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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