Bill Touts Hillary as ‘Agent of Change’

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 10, 2007 4:26pm

ABC News’ Christine Byun Reports: After being slowed down by icy weather, former President Bill Clinton launched a two day campaign trip to Iowa for his wife and presidential candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

"Every two years, the Democrats kind of haul me out of the barn like an old horse to see if I can make it around the track one more time," the former President said. "But, I would be here working in this campaign if Hillary and I had not been married for 35 years because I think she is the single best suited person to be President."

Calling her an "agent of change," Clinton talked about his wife’s experience, praising her as "the most gifted person of our generation."

"It’s one thing to have good intentions; it is another thing entirely to change people’s lives," Clinton said.

Addressing a crowd of 500 at Iowa State University in Ames, the former President talked about challenges like climate change and healthcare, issues which he says his wife would be best candidate equipped to handle.

He also tried to dispel criticism that his wife is calculating, saying she chose to stay with him in Arkansas, a failed congressional candidate with a "$26,000 salary and and $42,000 in campaign debt," in lieu of a high-paying legal career in a bigger city.

"I thought it would be wrong for me to rob her of the chance to be what I thought she should be," Clinton said. "She laughed and said, ‘First I love you and, second, I’m not going to run for anything, I’m too hardheaded."’

Clinton’s visit to Iowa Monday follows his weekend trip to South Carolina to campaign for his wife as Oprah Winfrey stumped for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The former President’s speech was delayed for about an hour because his flight could not land due to an icy runway. The crowd of about 500 waited patiently, appeased by sodas and donuts, as Clinton was shuttled to Iowa State University.

"They told me you got donuts when I couldn’t get down," Clinton said, joking, "Person on the way in said if you waited another hour, we could have had bbq."

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