Laying out a more traditional liberal policy case than President Barack Obama normally offers on the campaign trail, former president Bill Clinton urged 7,600 people at the University of Central Florida today to re-elect Obama based on his education, energy, environmental, health care and economic record.
Clinton became the lone headliner at what was to be a two-presidents rally. Obama canceled his appearance early Monday morning and flew back to Washington to prepare disaster response for Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the mid-Atlantic states.
The crowd, perhaps less than the Obama campaign had hoped for when it was planning Obama and Clinton together, nevertheless was far from disappointed in Clinton’s appearance. Under a cold, clear sky, they cheered the former president through a 33-minute speech that belittled Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for not addressing 21st century problems ranging from climate change to higher education costs.