MSNBC's Chuck Todd reports this morning that the White House has tapped former President Bill Clinton to make the case for Obamacare. Clinton's first speech on the subject will take place next week, September 4, at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Here's the report:
"Breaking news from the White House this morning," said Todd this morning. "We can report to you first here, right on the Daily Rundown, that former President Bill Clinton is being tapped to deliver a major policy speech on behalf of the White House defending and explaining the health care law, the Affordable Care Act. He'll do so at his presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas, next Wednesday, one week from today. President Obama once dubbed President Clinton the secretary of explaining stuff. He actually had another word at the time, but 'stuff' is what's been quoted.
"And that's what the White House hopes Bill Clinton will do when it's just the one-month mark before the health care marketplaces open up. And think about the setting for Bill Clinton's health care speech on September 4. Yes, it's at his library in Little Rock, Arkansas. But Arkansas. If somehow he can sway the Arkansas electorate, his former electorate, his former home, about health care, and it ends up saving Mark Pryor's Senate seat, that's where you see how the politics of all this falls. And why the White House believes they need Bill Clinton to do this."