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Bill Clinton Rallies OC Crowd

Thousands turn out to see the former president speak in Irvine on Tuesday evening. He predicts a big drop in gas prices, praises Obama and endorses several local candidates.

Five thousand people spilled into the Bren Events Center at UCI on Tuesday night to hear Bill Clinton endorse President Barack Obama and several Southern California congressional candidates.

Students and other Democratic supporters, many wearing Obama T-shirts and pins, cheered frantically as the silver-haired ex-president strode onto the stage for one of his trademark campaign speeches, his first in traditionally conservative Orange County since 2010.

"These are real people here that are going to affect your lives," Clinton said of the candidates he came to support.

The room erupted in applause throughout his speech.

Clinton praised President Obama's first-term accomplishments, including the Affordable Health Care Act and Student Loan Reform Act, and told the 5,100-capacity arena that voting Democrats into the U.S. House of Representatives would bolster the president's ability to further similiar efforts in his second term.

It's unlikely those policies would stand under a Romney administration, he warned.

Clinton called California the "state of the future," noting that he visited the state 29 times during his own first term as president.

He urged support for Prop. 30, which would increase taxes on earnings over $250,000 for seven years and boost the state sales tax by ¼ cent for four years to help dig California out of its budget mess, and opposition to Prop. 32, which would prohibit unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes.

"Here's what I know," he said. "'We're all in this together' works a lot better than 'you're on your own.' "

As he listed statistics that he said show the economy improving, he turned on a bit of his well-known folksy charm.

"Shucks, even gas prices are going down," he said. Clinton predicted prices would drop 50 cents by the end of the year.

The former president spoke directly to students in the audience, promising Obama's continued support to keep education costs down.

Among the candidates Clinton cheered on were state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, who is running for a newly created congressional district covering Long Beach and West Orange County.

The former president also endorsed Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Ventura, San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters, Dr. Raul Ruiz of Palm Springs and Mark Takano of Riverside in their congressional bids.

Brownley, who was selected to introduce Clinton, called the moment the "greatest honor" of her life.

Clinton noted that Ruiz and Richard Carmona, a congressional candidate in Arizona, are both physicians.

"They know that people do die if they don't have health insurance," Clinton said, adding that although the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, it should not be repealed by Congress.

Takano, a teacher and community college trustee, can lend his expertise to policies that would prepare students for jobs, Clinton said.

As the election draws near, Clinton has been traveling the country campaigning for Obama. His broad appeal has made him a hot commodity for the Democratic ticket, which has deployed him most recently in several swing states. 

Last week, for example, Clinton hit a number of towns in Ohio, including an appearance with Obama supporter Bruce Springsteen.

Mike Moodian, assistant professor of social science at Brandman University, called Clinton “probably the most popular leader in the Democratic Party right now."

As of Monday, the last day to register online in California for the Nov. 6 election, about 523,000 Orange County residents were registered as Democrats, roughly 688,000 as Republicans and nearly 375,000 unaffiliated.

Joker Joe October 24, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I am surprised this moron was let into the state. He endorses more taxes and predicts gas prices will go down! Did he say when and why the gas prices will go down? Did he mention things are tough, due to the economy and more taxes are not warranted?
greylox October 24, 2012 at 04:26 PM
**This "moron" has done more for this country (and the world) than you and your entire sniveling cabal of tax-whiners will ever do.
Andromeda October 24, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Did Clinton talk about Obama and Biden lying to the American people about the REAL cause of the attack on the US embassy in Libya and their direct knowledge of the orchestrated and planned (not spontaneous) attack (hint: it wasn't the anti-Allah video) and his wife's attempt to cover it all up? Or was it just another rah-rah rally to root for the home team? :)
Wild Bill October 24, 2012 at 05:43 PM
One thing both Democrats and Republicans agree on is this. We don't like being lied to. Doesn't matter if it is Nixon, Clinton, or Obama. We can tolerate just about anything but the lies.
Obama Advocate October 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I just shake my head at people like BoBo (the name tells it all). They get their news( notice I did not say "facts") from Fox news and Rush Lindbaugh and cheer on someone who wants to steal from the middle class to give to the rich, whoops, I mean "job creators", take away social security and medicare, and generally unwind 75 years of social progress. We have had tax cuts for the top 1% for over 15 years and no jobs have been created. Andromeda is even more off the planet. Republicans and conservatives always seem to have some sort of conspiracy theory..they always know the "real" reasons. Where do they get this nonsense; Bill O'Rielly and good ol Rush Lindbooger? I urge all Californians to heed Mr. Clinton; Remember, he left a surplus for Mr. Bush to squander it all on senseless searches for weapons of mass destruction and proceeded to destroy the US economy and most of the political capital built by Clinton.
Obama Advocate October 24, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Then, you must hate Mitt Romney. He has reached compulsive lying status!
MFriedrich October 24, 2012 at 06:06 PM
It seems you already know the answer to these rhetorical questions. Enlighten us all please with the answers.
ms.sc. October 24, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Perhaps the former President of the United States knows about North Dakota and our Nation being energy efficient because of this discovery of oil. North Dakota is now 2nd in the Nation for oil production. I do not have the facts yet for World production, but I am certain energy production from North Dakota will help our Nation's gas influx. On another point to your comment, no one deserves to be called a "moron". Bo Bo, if you are a monkey, you can still be proud to be a primate. Please be civil, we all make mistakes and calling someone a "moron" without walking-in-his-shoes will not get you anywhere in life and no respect.
Andromeda October 24, 2012 at 07:19 PM
There is no answer until the liars dig us a pit so deep that it's impossible to maintain any semblance of an economy with lies, deficit spending, bailouts and money printing. Unfortunately advanced societies don't wake up until we are on the brink of destruction and, of course, by that time it's too late. As long as the average American has a TV set and a 6-pack of beer in the fridge few complain or care about what path were on. When the welfare safety net goes (and it will be one of the last to go) then you will see some citizen awareness, especially with 46 million on food stamps. Why do you think the Arab Spring happened? Because muslims want democracy? heh. Wrong. It was because their bellies were empty and growling. They don't have food stamps over there.
MFriedrich October 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
So if you're mad about the financial bailouts, which benefited America's financial institutions, and you know that they happen to be the Top financial contributors to the Romney presidential campaign, then why support Romney? Wouldn't you be supporting the same guy who favors providing "welfare" cover for these banks and their suspended mark-to-market balance sheets (overstated asset values, shadow inventory)?
Andromeda October 24, 2012 at 07:47 PM
"So if you're mad about the financial bailouts, which benefited America's financial institutions, and you know that they happen to be the Top financial contributors to the Romney presidential campaign, then why support Romney?" You think Obama is anti-Wall Street? heh. Last election cycle Goldman Sachs was Obama's biggest contributor. Just under $1M. Obama is a bigger Wall Street puppet than was GW Bush. None of the main players responsible for the biggest economic meltdown in the history of the United States were prosecuted. In fact, Obama rewarded all of them. So to point fingers at Romney and give Obama a pass is laughable. Sorry. Both of them are tied to Wall Street's hip. As a lame duck, Obama is much more dangerous than Romney. At least Romney wants to cut back on the size of government. Obama wants to make Wall Street and the government bigger. A double whammy. Plus, Obama's lies are way over the top. His latest ones on Bengazi were preposterous.
MFriedrich October 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Oil production is not the problem. The US is producing about 11 billion barrels a day on its own. That's close to matching Saudi Arabia's daily output. The problem is that the US is not Saudi Arabia's only customer. China and India economies are thirsty for their oil too and are willing to pay top dollar, since unlike the US, they do not have similar production capabilities and are more reliant. The problem is not Obama. The problem, if you can call it that, is competitive economies in India and China. Surprise! The rest of the world is no longer a smoking pile of rubble after WWII. Our little friends across the seas have grown up and no longer want to be patted on the head like a little brother.
ms.sc. October 24, 2012 at 08:56 PM
mfreidrich, stop being a political ad. You spout general truth without backup. I am not impressed with your gossip.
Andromeda October 24, 2012 at 09:18 PM
When Clinton got on national TV as our POTUS and lied to the American people in that defiant and angry voice "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" I never took him seriously again. He's a liar. He's a clown. Period. That's my opinion.
met00 October 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM
"At least Romney wants to cut back on the size of government. Obama wants to make Wall Street and the government bigger. A double whammy. " 1) Government is smaller under Obama than under Bush (silly facts have a liberal bias I know, but they are facts) 2) If you wanted to reward wall street, what better way than eliminate social security and change it into a product that is marketed by wall street and for which wall street businesses will collect fees. Now just which party wants to do that? (hint: Obama is not in that party, Romney is] Yeah, both of the people running for President are corporatists. No debate there. But one only whores out at 80% and the other gives 100%. That 20% difference actually means a great deal to those oif us who count on it.
met00 October 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Wow, talk about selective memory. In your world, since Nixon, we only had two Presidents that lied. So, where are the WMDs in Iraq again? Iran-Contra was under who's watch? Must be nice to live in a world where you can re-write history to reflect your fantasy. Now, is Romney pro-life or pro-choice? What is Ryan's marathon time, or his body fat percentage? These guys lie about the big things and the little things. But since you support them they aren't lies, they are just ignored. Here is the deal. Which of these guys has a plan for working our economy that actually adds up mathematically? The other guy is lying.
met00 October 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Reagan and Trickle Down was 1980. It's been failing for that long. I never can understand why when given the facts that it has failed the members of the GOP always scream "that's because we didn't do it enough!" As if the only way to really know if it fails is to have it push us into the next Great Depression. We have two differing economic policies. One has worked. The other has failed. Doubling down on the failed policy in 2000 made it fail more. Doubling down on that (as Romney wants to do) isn't going to make it magically work. Why do they not just accept that the policies in place during the largest period of working class growth in this country were actually working and support returning to the tax code of Dwight D Eisenhower? It worked!
met00 October 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
It's still all about lying about consensual sex between two adults and the Presidential penis.
Andromeda October 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I love how apologists attempt to downplay Clinton's actions. Clinton was the Commander and Chief who was sworn to uphold the laws of these United States of America. He committed perjury, obstruction of justice and was summarily impeached by the HoR, an event that hadn't occurred since the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. He tarnished the highest office in the land. Hardly a minor affair. Own it.
Rob October 25, 2012 at 05:59 AM
"These are real people here that are going to affect your lives," Clinton said of the candidates he came to support. They sure will, but not in a good way. Liberals are ruining this State and Country. 30 is not only a tax on high wage earners but it also has a sales tax component. Further the money is not for the kids, it is is for the UNIONS (just look who is backing it!). YES on 32. Get the unions out of Sac-town or we will not have a fighting chance. I have already moved my business out of state. I enjoy living here, but if they pass these taxes, I am done with Cali.
met00 October 25, 2012 at 06:26 AM
yeah, there was nothing political about the impeachment, nothing at all. Just like George Bush won Florida in 2000...
Andromeda October 25, 2012 at 04:18 PM
It's not speculation whether Clinton lied and perjured himself in sworn testimony. It's as factual as the accepted belief that the sun rises in the east. Only political partisans would claim it wasn't a fact. And for a licensed attorney and the POTUS to engage in such behavior was reprehensible. It shamed the highest office in the land. I have no respect for him and certainly wouldn't trust his instincts on how to place my vote.
MFriedrich October 25, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Andromeda, Where do you live? Did you just walk off the set of the Walton's or Little House on the Prairie? Your problem is that you have way too high expectations. Haven't you heard? It's cheat on your wife, Lie to your kids, and Screw the little guy. Yes, Clinton lied to our faces about having oral sex with an intern because who knows? Maybe Hillary knows. Why are we so shocked? President Truman lied about Hiroshima being a Japanese military base. It had some small defensive military positions, but it was a civilian city with 140k people. That's why it hadn't been bombed yet. In 1961 Kennedy lied about plans for a military intervention in Cuba. Result ? Failed Bay of Pigs invasion. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson lied about the Gulf of Tonkin incident in Vietnam. There was no Vietnamese attack on US war ships. In 1986 Ronald Reagan lied to the American people about the fact that he sold 2,000 anti-tank weapons to our enemy, Iran, in order to secretly fund the Contra rebel insurrection in Nicaragua. Iran used the weapons against Iraqi military and civilians. Just stop with the unreasonable human expectations. You'll just disappoint yourself over and over.
Andromeda October 25, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Reagan didn't lie under sworn oath. Apparently you can't discern the difference or are just blind to it. The fact that a man with such poor judgment had the power to unleash nuclear warheads was cause for serious concern. And why anyone would respect him is beyond me or listen to what he says is beyond me.
met00 October 25, 2012 at 07:49 PM
LMAO. Lying under oath about consensual sex is worse than lying about stuff that kills people? Wow, that is a totally screwed up set of values.
Andromeda October 25, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Lying under sworn oath about anything is a very serious offense, especially if you happen to be the POTUS who took a sworn oath to uphold the Constitution and uphold the laws of our nation. Anarchists would probably think it's okay for a POTUS to lie under oath though.
Gabrielle Block October 26, 2012 at 03:21 AM
OK, hold on here. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman". "Sexual relations" means "sexual intercourse". Look it up in the dictionary. Bill and Monica did not have sexual intercourse, they had oral sex. Yes, it was a sleazy thing to do, and Bill Clinton did not tell the whole truth, but he was technically not lying, and he did not commit perjury.
Andromeda October 26, 2012 at 05:09 AM
I have no idea why anyone would make excuses for this bottomfeeder. Clinton repeatedly and willfully lied, deceived and feigned forgetfulness while testifying under sworn oath. This was proven beyond a doubt. He lied not only about his sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, he willfully lied about other material facts surrounding both Ms. Lewinsky and Paula Jones. You need to educate yourself by reading the facts of the case. Again, for a sitting President and licensed attorney who swore to uphold the laws of the land to willfully lie and obstruct justice through our American legal system and bring disgrace upon our nation in the eyes of the world was depicable.

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