For a moment the former president almost sounded like a surrogate for the Republican presidential nominee Thursday morning.
Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America, Clinton said McCain’s move to suspend his campaign and request a delay in the first presidential debate was a move done in “good faith,” rather than as a stunt to halt falling poll numbers as several Democrats have alleged.
“I presume he did that in good faith since I know he wanted — I remember he asked for more debates to go all around the country and so I don’t think we ought to overly parse that,” Clinton said, sounding a familiar McCain Campaign talking point.
A few hours later Clinton lavished praise on McCain as he introduced him at the Clinton Global Initiative forum, saying Republican presidential nominee had taken the lead in his party when it comes to climate change.
“When most people in his party were thinking that global warming was overstated and maybe even a myth — he decided to look into it,” he said.
Bill Clinton: McCain ‘A Great Man’; Praises Wife’s, Not Obama’s Economic Plan
UPDATE: BC has taken a lot of heat over this. In later interviews, he has been a tad positive on the Nobamamania. Overall, he has used diplomacy in discussing McCain and Palin.
However in a rare television interview tonight, the former president called Republican presidential candidate John McCain “a great man” and praised GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as an “instinctively effective candidate.”
On a day when Obama sought to convince voters that he’s best able to handle the economic crisis, the former president said it was his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., who gave today “the most detailed position” on what to do about the financial crisis.
In an interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Clinton, who has tried to put to rest rumors of tensions between himself and Obama said, “I’ve never concealed my admiration and affection for Sen. McCain. I think he’s a great man.
But if tonight’s interview is any indication, Bill Clinton will not be lavishing praise on his wife’s former primary rival.
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Don’t sound like a very good endorsement for Obama does it! Sounds like he is campaigning for John McCain and Sarah Palin! from GoodTimePolitics
I could not have said it better myself GoodTime!
I think he is being truthful about his admiration for both McCain and Palin. However it is also pretty obvious that he knows how the NObama campaign smear tactics work from his recent experience on the campaign trail for Hillary. Betcha he remembers how they played the race card against him
and a whole lot of other things. They are doing what they have to do publicly..whatever the NObama campaign wants..or Hill would be dead meat should she run again. Gotta stick together, ya know. Overall, quite a telling interview to read between the lines.