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Bill Clinton Not Wanted on Campaign Trail in 2018, Dems Say

The known sexual predator is the wrong messenger in the #MeToo era, and Democrats don’t want him anywhere near their candidates.

By NTK Staff | 02.14.2018 @11:15am
Bill Clinton Not Wanted on Campaign Trail in 2018, Dems Say

Has Bill Clinton’s time in politics come to an end? The former president famously campaigned for his wife, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 campaign. Although he had become quite gaffeprone, her campaign still viewed him as an asset.

Democrats today, however, are signing another tune. Clinton’s past, including numerous accusations from women that he sexually harassed or assaulted them, is giving Democrats pause.

Clinton’s presence “just brings up a lot of issues that will be very tough for Democrats,” one Washington State Democrat told Politico. “And I think we all have to be clear about what the #MeToo movement was.”

Privately, many Democratic politicians and strategists are harsher and firmer: Don’t come to their states, and don’t say anything about their campaigns. They are still worried about saying it out loud, but they don’t want him now, or maybe ever. They know Republicans would react by calling them — with good reason — hypocrites.

And in this political environment, Clinton campaigning anywhere would amount to him campaigning everywhere, forcing Democrats around the country to answer what they think of colleagues appearing with him, and whether they would do so themselves.

Not all Democrats are entirely opposed to the idea of Clinton helping, however. According to sources who spoke to Politico, some are willing to allow him to “chip in” so long as he adheres to two strict conditions: stay in New York and only attend closed-door fundraisers with no photographs with the candidates.

Democrats’ complaints about Clinton come just days after a Washington Post story detailed Hillary Clinton’s planned involvement in 2018 races. She too, however, needs to play a more behind-the-scenes role. Recent polling showed the former secretary of state’s approval rating at its worst level ever recorded by Gallup.

Similarly, Bill Clinton’s stands at 45-52, its worst since Clinton left office in 2001.

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