Former President Bill Clinton has largely kept himself out of the public eye since his wife lost the Democratic primary to Barack Obama.
However in a rare television interview tonight the former president called Republican presidential candidate John McCain “a great man” and praised GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as an “instinctively effective candidate.”
On a day when Obama sought to convince voters that he’s best able to handle the economic crisis, the former president said it was his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, who gave today “the most detailed position.”
In an interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Clinton, who has tried to put to rest rumors of tensions between himself and Obama said, “I’ve never concealed my admiration and affection for Senator McCain. I think he’s a great man.
“But, I think on the issues that matter to our future, the Obama-Biden team is, is more right,” Clinton said of the Democratic ticket. “And I believe they’re gonna win. But, I think that it will be competitive until the end.”
A ringing endorsement it wasn’t.
Read the rest of the story–it doesn’t do anything to help the Obama campaign. And remember again: Bill Clinton would stop saying these kinds of things if his wife asked him to. She hasn’t. Quite the contrary; she is more than glad to go around looking as if she is doing everything in her power to help the Obama-Biden ticket and she is perfectly happy to let her husband do the really significant work by turning a blind eye to each and every time Bill Clinton sticks a shiv in Barack Obama’s side.