UPDATE: Bill Clinton has canceled this bus tour in order to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres in Israel. However, there's every reason to believe that it will be rescheduled soon.
This is exactly what Bill Clinton should be doing in the run-up to the final election day...and exactly where he should be going!
In another signal that North Florida matters to the Hillary Clinton campaign, former President Bill Clinton begins a bus tour through the region Friday.Here's the tentative route:
The Clinton campaign released a brief message announcing the trip Sunday morning.
“On Friday, September 30, former President Bill Clinton will launch a “Stronger Together” bus tour across North Florida. The tour will continue on Saturday, October 1.
“At public events in Panama City, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville, with additional stops along the way, President Clinton will talk to Floridians about Hillary Clinton’s plans to build an economy that works for all, not just those at the top,” the campaign stated.
Like I keep saying, this campaign knows what it's doing.Bill Clinton's bus tour will take him across (most of) Northern Florida over the course of Fri and Sat: pic.twitter.com/5Jj1tLB60p— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) September 25, 2016
One of the ways that Hillary will win Florida and other swing states is by sending Bill to redder and more rural areas. She probably won't win a lot of these counties, but keeping the margins close there will make her big wins in urban areas all the more decisive as a whole. These generally aren't big rallies (some might even be done from the back of a pickup truck) but when a popular former president shows up in your town, it's always a big deal. And as we saw at the convention, he's still got that old persuasive magic.
Bill isn't new to this strategy, and I believe that it's helped Hillary more than many people realize. I wrote about one of Bill's many 2008 Texas rallies in a post called "Release the Clinton!", and I'm fairly sure his relentless crisscrossing of the state made the difference in that primary win against Barack Obama.
Who knows...it might just make the difference in a close state or two this year as well.
So if you live in a medium-sized swing state town, keep an eye out for the STRONGER TOGETHER bus in the next few weeks. The first President Clinton might just be stopping by for a little visit.