Bill Resumes Central Role in Hillary's Campaign

Despite his critics, he seems to helping her regain momentum
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2008 2:12 PM CDT
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks as her husband former President Bill Clinton applauds at her Pennsylvania primary election night party in Philadelphia on Tuesday.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Despite controversial remarks on more than one occasion, Bill Clinton has moved to the forefront of his wife’s campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports. In what some insiders call the “Billification” of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, the ex-President is pushing for sharper attacks on Barack Obama amid an aggressive stumping schedule. “We’re not quitters,” he reportedly tells his wife.

Though Bill’s central role may have damaged his image among superdelegates and black leaders, the Clinton camp says he helps Hillary more than he hurts her. “He’s converting hundreds of people at each stop,” one rep says—and numbers in Pennsylvania counties he visited show it. “If you're not ready to vote for Hillary, then I'm going to keep talking,” Clinton told a crowd.