Bill Clinton to stump in Davis for House candidates

Former President Bill Clinton will visit the University of California at Davis tomorrow to give a boost to four Democratic House candidates fighting fierce battles here in Northern California.

Bill ClintonClinton, arguably now one of his party’s most beloved figures, will bring his vaunted rhetorical skills to bear on behalf of Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, who faces a challenge from Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann, a Republican, in the 3rd Congressional District; Dr. Ami Bera, the Elk Grove physician who’s challenging Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River in the 7th Congressional District; Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, who faces a challenge from Republican Ricky Gill of Lodi in the 9th Congressional District; and Jose Hernandez, the former NASA astronaut challenging Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, in the 10th Congressional District.

These races – especially Bera’s second attempt at unseating Lungren – have generated millions of dollars in advertising spending from the campaigns, national organizations, and super PACs. Clinton will headline a rally for the candidates Tuesday morning on UC Davis’ quad.

“Middle class Americans need champions in Congress who will fight for good American jobs, and who will put people before politics,” Clinton said in a statement issued Monday. “I’m proud to endorse four people who will do just that: John Garamendi, Jerry McNerney, Ami Bera, and Jose Hernandez. They’ve got fresh ideas to help restore the economy for middle class families, and they know Congress is a place for service, not personal gain.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • GV Haste

    The man looked fabulous at the Democratic National Convention. A very effective speech.

    Anyone wanting to know part of his secret ought to Google ‘clinton and diet’.
    If Bill Clinton can become a health nut, anyone can.

    Emulating Bill Clinton’s current lifestyle could do more to save Medicare than any plan either Obama or Romney have put forth.
    If we don’t get the public to make some large changes, our nation is going to sink under a mountain of medical bills. Yet what politician is going to come out against a double bacon cheeseburger with fries?

  • Elwood

    Look out coeds, Billy Jeff’s in town!

  • JohnW

    I was kind of hoping Bill would stand in for Barack at the next debate.

  • Truthclubber

    @3 —

    Just as I was hoping that Shrub would fill in for the Twitster at the next debate, but oh, wait — he didn’t even show up at the RNC convention, so I guess he didn’t qualify for the “substitute list” on behalf of the party’s current nominee…sad when the last member of your party to actually sit in the “Big Chair” isn’t welcome anywhere near your party’s nominee, or his schedule, or his name, or even his photo while on the stump — but his policies are genuinely something your party wants to pimp, big time.

  • Truthclubber

    @1 —

    Wasting your breath here on THAT one — I touted the “Bubba diet” as I went on it about 2 years ago, dropping close to 30 pounds (from 198 to 170), and watching my standinng heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol count drop like a rock, and having every idiot savant on this blog excoriate me for my “boasting” about it — but I won’t die from heart disease or even cancer as they likely will — read “The China Study” by Colin Campbell to understand why.

    P.S. Watch the s**t storm that my comments generate on THIS topic… 😉

  • GV Haste

    Interesting, changing your diet, dropping 30 pounds and watching all your other numbers go down into healthy regions.

    You do know, loads of folks will tell you that won’t work and its too extreme. You know, too extreme compared to having someone use a power saw to split your sternum for bypass surgery.

  • JohnW

    Re: #1

    It would be great if we could get everybody eating healthy and exercising from grade school to the end. It definitely would reduce all health care costs, not just Medicare.

    However, people in other countries also eat Big Macs and don’t exercise enough. Yet their per capita health care costs are far less, while their outcome metrics are as good or better than ours.

  • Truthclubber

    @6 —

    I see you’ve been reading Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (former head of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, so no slouch); great guy, I chatted with him at some length over the phone to tell him what great results I got from following his diet — he actually CALLED me after I e-mailed his office to report my thanks at finding his book and following it. I suspect I have the arteries of an eighteen year old at this point — completely cleaned out.

    As for @7 — well, some people just can’t see past the “eat your GD meat and GD dairy just like everyone else does, damn it!” conformist sheeple mentality…but I have the personal biometrics to prove them, and the agribusiness monopoly WRONG.

    That’s why I AM in favor of means testing for ONE government program — Medicare! If you have a BMI over 25, YOU PAY MORE or YOU GET LESS! Being fat is NOT a right, it’s a PRIVLEDGE — and one that SHOULD be expensive, just like smoking!

  • GV Haste

    JohnW, I agree, but most of those other countries are not quite as fat as America is.
    However your main point is true.
    I’d take the health care plans in German or Switzerland over ours. Also New Zealand, Australia and a few other places I’ve lived.

    On thing that I’ve still not totally figured out is why Kaiser isn’t cheaper than it it.
    I’ve been a member most of my life. Previously 40 or more years ago, it was rather basic, and facilities were unimpressive, but the medicine was good, although not many doctors wanted to work there.
    Now, they facilities are excellent and modern.
    The have 8 doctors applying for every opening.

    But they are suppose to be totally efficient and semi non profit. However their monthly fees are not much cheaper than other plans. Then do have better overall outcomes than many other plans.

    I would have thought if they could duplicate the overseas plans that they could have premiums that were 20% or 30% lower than the competition. BTW, they have totally electronic records. They are building like crazy and I wonder when their plans will ever show all these cost savings.