Posts tagged with "Former President Bill Clinton"

Poll: Obama’s endorsement would substantially sway 2020 Democratic voters

November 4, 2019

Does the endorsement of a candidate by a former U.S. president matter to Americans who are likely to vote in the 2020 election? Not unless the backing comes from Barack Obama, based on the results of a national poll conducted last week by USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll.

Obama, who left the White House nearly three years ago after completing two terms in office, polled as the top former president whose opinion mattered—with an overwhelming 67%.

The only other past presidential nominee who polled in double-digits was former President Jimmy Carter, the oldest living POTUS at age 95. In fact, 11% of respondents cited Carter—who is still actively building houses and doing other good works—as someone they admired who is still influential.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were next in line, at 6% each. Al Gore, the 2000 nominee, was named by 3%; and Michael Dukakis (1988), John Kerry (2004), and Walter Mondale (1984), by 1% each.

Obama has yet to endorse anyone in the Democratic primary field, which includes his former vice president, Joe Biden.

However, Kate Pritchard, 63, a retired teacher from Durango, Colorado, told USA Today that should plans on supporting New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker at the moment, but she’s not sure he can go the distance.

If Obama were to endorse a candidate, she said, she would back that person.

“That would be very powerful,” she said in a follow-up interview after being called in the survey.

Research contact: @USATODAY

Trump, Clinton ‘walk back’ friendships with Epstein in episode of Showtime’s ‘Our Cartoon President’

July 16, 2019

In a caustic cold open for the July 14 episode of the Showtime original series, “Our Cartoon President,” current and former U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, respectively, came together to deny that they did anything wrong when they partied and flew with the alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, The Daily Beast reported on July 12.

Trump and President Bill Clinton each have had very little to say about their own connections to alleged sex trafficker and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein—except to say that neither one of them now has a friendship with the supposed billionaire financier and neither has flown recently on his plane, fittingly nicknamed the Lolita Express.

Which is not to say they have never boarded the jet. Both men acknowledge that they may have been passengers on Epstein’s infamous flights. “But so was [actor] Kevin Spacey,” Trump says.

“The only reason I was on that jet 26, I mean, four times, was it was the best deal on [travel app] Kayak.com,” Clinton adds in the cartoon.

In the hastily assembled cold open clip from the latest episode, Trump begins by addressing the nation about his ties to Epstein. “Sure, I told New York Magazine in 2002 that Epstein is a ‘terrific guy,’” Trump says, citing a real quote. “But that was before I found out that I said, later in the same sentence, that ‘he likes beautiful women … on the younger side.”

Then, cartoon Bill Clinton joins him. “Hey, everybody it’s me, America’s cold sore,” he says. “Every few years I pop up to remind you of your bad choices in the ‘90s.”

“You know, Bill and I may disagree on health care and criminal justice,” Trump says—as Clinton chimes in with “barely”—“but we are unified against these all but undeniable accusations.”

“In the end, aren’t we all just Americans accused of the most ghastly crime imaginable?” Clinton asks before the two presidents embrace in solidarity.

“I can’t believe we almost let Hillary tear us apart,” Trump concludes.

Research contact: @CartoonPres