(CNSNews.com) - When asked about an effort launched by Democratic pollster Pat Caddell to draft his wife Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee by getting voters, especially in the first-in-the-nation primary New Hampshire, to write in her name on their ballots, former President Bill Clinton told CNSNews.com he “absolutely” supports President Barack Obama’s reelection.
At the Politics & Prose book store in Washington, D.C. on Friday, former President Clinton was signing copies of his new book, Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy.
CNSNews.com asked Clinton, “[Democratic pollster] Pat Caddell’s been talking about a write-in campaign for Hillary in New Hampshire. Do you have any thoughts about that?”
Clinton said, “Yeah, she supports the president and she's got a job. And I support her and what she decided to do. I think, you know, whenever the country has trouble--economics, something--someone suggests something like this, but I think President Obama is doing the right things and I think he's going to be re-elected.”
CNSNews.com then asked Clinton, “And you support his reelection campaign fully?”
Clinton said, “Absolutely.”
Last week, Caddell, a Democratic pollster who worked for Jimmy Carter, wrote a commentary in the Wall Street Journal with Douglas Schoen, entitled “The Hillary Moment,” in which they said President Obama can no longer effectively govern, and should step aside for Clinton, to save the country from disaster.
Caddell contends that Obama’s reelection campaign will necessarily be negative and divisive, something he says the country cannot afford. “He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president's accomplishments,” Caddell and Schoen wrote.
Caddell went further when appearing on the Ricochet podcast, a conservative commentary Web site, when he appealed for a Democrat to financially back a write-in campaign for Hillary for independents and Democrats in New Hampshire, a write-in primary state.
“I’m convinced that she could get at least 25 or 30 percent of the vote and that would shake this race to pieces,” he said.
Caddell said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a loyal member of the Obama administration, and could choose to denounce such a write-in campaign.
“She can denounce it,” he said. “She doesn't shut it down. It's not hers to shut down.”
“Our idea is this belongs to the people. And I'm tired of the elites telling the American people what they can do,” said Caddell.
In a statement Friday evening responding to former President Clinton's assertion that he "absolutely" supports the reelection of President Obama--even in the face of efforts to draft Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate in 2012--Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen told CNSNews.com: "We respoect the president. And we respectfully disagree. We are certainly not asking the president or the secretary of state to take action. We are asking the people of the United States and Democrats and especially the voters of New Hampshire to exercise their right to be hear and their right to choose by writing in the name of the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, on the primary ballot."