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Bill Clinton says Obama tries to ignore the Clintons accomplishments in the 90s
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Former President Bill Clinton is speaking on behalf of his wife, Dem. candidate Sen. Hillary R. Clinton, at a campaign stop in Tyler, Texas, on a swing though several East Texas cities, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. - photo by Associated Press
    NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Former President Clinton on Friday accused Sen. Barack Obama, his wife’s rival for the Democratic nomination, of trying to ignore any accomplishments they achieved during their years in the White House.
    ‘‘You have one candidate who’s made the explicit argument that the only way we can change America is to move into a post-partisan future and therefore we have to eliminate from consideration for the presidency anybody who made good things happen in the ’90s or stopped bad things from happening in this decade,’’ said Clinton, who was winding up a day of East Texas campaign appearances for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    ‘‘It doesn’t matter how much good you did,’’ the former president said at Stephen F. Austin University. ‘‘We’ve got to get rid of you because you had to fight to make something good happen. You had to fight to stop something bad from happening. And if you fought, you made somebody mad, we ought to give you an old watch and retire you. You can’t possibly make a contribution to America’s future.’’
    Without mentioning Obama by name, Clinton said the Illinois senator was promoting a position that it’s ‘‘actually an advantage to not have any experience because you’ve not made anybody mad.’’
    ‘‘It’s been very effective,’’ Clinton said. ‘‘It’s already taken four good candidates out. It would have taken Hillary out if she didn’t have so much grass-roots support and so much guts.’’
    Clinton said his wife’s position is to ‘‘bridge the party divides when we can, but we also need to be prepared to fight.’’
    Earlier in the day, Clinton said Democratic voters who support Obama over his wife in the March 4 Texas primary are missing out on an opportunity to back a universal health care system for the nation.
    ‘‘It would be truly tragic if the Democratic Party walked away from universal health care for the first time in 60 years when we finally got the business community and the medical community in line behind us,’’ Clinton said in Texarkana.
    Hillary Clinton’s health plan would require everyone to have health insurance and would provide government assistance to people who can’t afford it. Obama has proposed government subsidies to help people buy insurance, but he doesn’t mandate that they purchase it. Her campaign says Obama’s plan would leave up to 15 million people without insurance.
    ‘‘Her opponent excites more Americans ... but would in fact deny us universal health care coverage for the first time,’’ the former president told about 200 people in a gymnasium of a Texarkana community center. ‘‘She represents the solution business.’’
    Responding to the criticism, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said: ‘‘Now that Senator Clinton’s campaign is floundering, the old Bill Clinton has returned with yet another false accusation about Barack Obama of the kind that failed his wife’s campaign in South Carolina. Senator Ted Kennedy, who has made health care a cause of his career, said that he wouldn’t have endorsed Barack Obama unless he was ’absolutely convinced’ he would deliver universal health care as president.’’
    The former president also touched on the war in Iraq, saying indecision by the Iraqi government forces the U.S. to keep its combat troops there.
    ‘‘If they think we are going to stay there forever and a day, they have no incentive to fix them,’’ Clinton said. ‘‘If we stay there, we are not doing them any favors.’’
    Associated Press writers John Porretto in Houston and John Gambrell in Texarkana contributed to this report.

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