The Obama campaign is deploying former Bill Clinton in the critical swing state of Florida Tuesday night for an overtly political event that breaks the unofficial 9/11 anniversary truce between the presidential campaigns.
In the only campaign-style rally of the day, Mr. Clinton will “discuss the choice in this election,” the campaign said in a release sent Sunday.
After his captivating speech at the Democratic convention last Wednesday in which he delivered a line-for-line response to Republican attacks on Mr. Obama’s record, Mr. Clinton plans to bring the same message to Florida.
Mr. Clinton’s address will focus on differences between Mr. Obama’s and Mr. Romney’s vision for America — “the choice in this election between moving forward with President Obama’s vision to create an economy that’s built to last, or going back to the same failed top-down economic policies that crashed our economy and punished the middle-class,” the release said.
Some Republicans are calling Mr. Clinton’s political activity unseemly, ABC News reports, as other politicians on both sides of the aisle, including Mr. Obama, Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, have decided to strike a nonpartisan tone in official remarks on such a somber day.
Both campaigns also pulled their TV ads off the air.
An Obama campaign official told ABC News Mr. Clinton’s appearance was not inappropriate and said he would show deference to the anniversary in his remarks.
“While in Miami today, President Clinton will honor the anniversary of September 11th by observing a moment of silence at his evening event,” the official said. “He will also be introduced by a local firefighter/paramedic who assisted in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.