Former U.S. President Bill Clinton debuted as a speaker on the 2016 presidential campaign trail on Monday by telling voters of the softer side of the Democratic presidential pacesetter his wife Hillary Clinton.
During his speech in New Hampshire at Nashua Community College, Clinton spoke about the early days of his relationship with Hillary.
He thought she was an amazing person. He described how he met her and fell in love close to 45 years ago. He said that everything she would touch she would make better.
The former U.S. President also hit out at the presidential candidates from the GOP, but did not use names, he just said the entire field was somewhat scary.
Clinton’s speech, which was quite understated, marked the start of what many expect to be a drive of one month to help Hillary win the caucuses in Iowa and the primary in New Hampshire.
Though Hillary officially entered the Democratic presidential race back in April of 2015, her husband has not played any speaking role.
Instead, he offered only advice and helped in fundraising but all behind the scenes. His decision of returning to her campaign in New Hampshire is a notable one, because that is where his wife is trying to fend off a challenge from Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.
Bill Clinton cracked some humor by saying he was out of place in today’s current political climate. He added that he did not fit in anymore as he is a happy grandfather and is not mad at anyone.
The former U.S. president, who has been dubbed by President Barack Obama as the explainer-in-chief, was controversial during the 2008 campaign of Hillary Clinton when the exit polls showed that in states such as South Carolina, his negative attacks on Obama could have created a negative effect on her campaign.
In the current campaign, Mr. Clinton said that Hillary is pursuing politics that were inclusive enough to get something done.
He added that he believes this year’s election was about rebuilding the country’s middle class and restoring prosperity.
Monday’s speech of close to 30 minutes was to a crowd of over 700 in the gym of the community college.
His arrival does not guarantee success and the Republicans including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, attacked Hillary as going backward.