Kerry Enlisting Clinton Aides in Effort to Refocus Campaign<br>By ADAM NAGOURNEY and DAVID M. HALBFINGER<br><br>Former President Bill Clinton, in a 90-minute telephone conversation from his hospital room, offered John Kerry detailed advice on Saturday night on how to reinvigorate his candidacy, as Mr. Kerry enlisted more Clinton advisers to help shape his strategy and message for the remainder of the campaign.<br><br>In an expansive conversation, Mr. Clinton, who is awaiting heart surgery, told Mr. Kerry that he should move away from talking about Vietnam, which had been the central theme of his candidacy, and focus instead on drawing contrasts with President Bush on job creation and health care policies, officials with knowledge of the conversation said.<br><br>The conversation and the recruitment of old Clinton hands came amid rising concern among Democrats about the state of Mr. Kerry's campaign and criticism that he had been too slow to respond to attacks on his military record or to engage Mr. Bush on domestic policy. Among the better-known former Clinton aides who are expected to play an increasingly prominent role are James Carville, Paul Begala and Stanley Greenberg, campaign aides said.<br><br>Kerry at one point was confused by Clinton's advice to "kiss it". Clinton then clarified that he was talking to a nurse. Sorry I couldn't resist.<br><br>
thank gosh. kerry has been pulling the strings and trying to stump at the same time. fighting karl rove takes masters at campaigning and kerry couldn't match rove. carville is a master at this. i hope kerry hands over the reigns from here on out and just focuses on the appearances.<br><br>LOL on your little jab at clinton. <br><br>"Tribal sovereignty means that, it's sovereign. You're a—you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." dubya 8.6.04
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