Bill Clinton needs no introduction. The former US president and kindly guide of White House interns will speak at the 2008 on day three in a bid to convince America it should vote for his wife, sorry, Barack Obama, the man who beat wife to the Democratic party nomination. So instead of a standard profile, here are some notes on Bill’s contributions to the 2008 primary process. Was he a help or a hindrance to his wife? You be the judge.

Bill Clinton taking exception with the questions of a voter.

A Clinton twofer’s high price. Whether you loved them or hated them, Bill and Hillary Clinton were always a twofer. On the campaign trail in 1992, Bill used to joke about it. Vote for me and get “two for the price of one,” he chuckled. Plenty of Americans thought this wasn’t such a bad idea. A bumper sticker popular at the time proclaimed: “I’m voting for Hillary’s husband.” The Clintons seem to want that bumper sticker resuscitated. Bill’s back on the campaign trail, waxing eloquent about his White House days, pummeling Hillary’s rivals and promising more good times if Hillary becomes the Democratic nominee: You liked Clinton I? You’re gonna love Clinton II! – Los Angeles Times

Bill Clinton, Nasty Man. Time to face an inconvenient truth: Bill Clinton is running for a third term. Back in the days when high schools offered courses in civics, one of the things that was drilled into us was the difference between “de facto” and “de jure” segregation. De jure was that which was mandated by law. And de facto was that which existed in reality. – Bruce Feirstein, Vanity Fair

For better or worse, Bill Clinton in race. Though his name is not on the ballot, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination seems in many ways to be about Bill Clinton. After Barack Obama so convincingly defeated Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses — a mere three weeks ago — the former president has been the most assertive force in the campaign, the ringmaster of the feuding between Obama and his wife. For good or ill, or sometimes both. – Chicago Tribune

Bill Clinton has regrets on campaign for wife. In his first broadcast interview since his wife dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, former President Bill Clinton said he still has regrets, and insisted he’s “not a racist,” despite controversies surrounding his comments about Sen. Barack Obama’s win in the South Carolina Democratic primary.

Clinton reflected on his wife’s campaign, his future and the work his foundation is doing across Africa in an exclusive wide-ranging interview with ABC News in Monrovia, Liberia. He and daughter Chelsea spent time in four African nations over the past six days. On Monday, the former President will address the World AIDS Conference in Mexico. At times, he appeared to grow testy as he discussed his wife’s failed bid for the nomination and was asked if he deserves at least some of the blame for his wife’s losses.

Clinton at first said he did not want to rehash events of the past year because it “interferes with the issue which is who should be elected in November.” But then he offered a lengthy defense of his own role and chastized the media for its coverage. – Kate Snow, ABC News

Peter Fray

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