Yesterday, former President Bill Clinton was riffing before an audience about his feelings on how a politician’s ability to deliver would become a big issue in the future.
"For example, you’re a voter, and you have Candidate X and Candidate Y," Clinton riffed. "Candidate X agrees with you on everything. But you don’t think that person can deliver on anything. Candidate Y disagrees with you on half the issues, but you believe that, on the other half, the candidate will be able to deliver. For whom will you vote?"
He insisted he wasn’t talking about anything having to do with today’s politics, and the Clinton folks insist he was just talking theoretically, but that hasn’t stopped the McCain campaign from sending the comments out and saying the former president was clearly heralding McCain and dissing Obama.
“John McCain has a record of taking stands against his party and accomplishing the bipartisan change Americans need," says McCain spox Tucker Bounds. "By putting his country first, John McCain hasn’t always been the most popular public official, but it has always made him effective -– so, John McCain is clearly candidate ‘Y’ in the equation.”