Hillary is the best presidential candidate, says Bill Clinton

Former US president says Hillary is the most qualified US presidential candidate in decades.

Tuesday January 5 2016

Former US President Bill Clinton speaks at Exeter Town Hall January 4, 2016 in Exeter, New Hampshire. Bill Clinton spent the day campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  PHOTO | AFP

Former US President Bill Clinton speaks at Exeter Town Hall January 4, 2016 in Exeter, New Hampshire. Bill Clinton spent the day campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. PHOTO | AFP 

Bill Clinton says Hillary the best candidate

NEW YORK

Bill Clinton stepped into the limelight on Tuesday, making his first solo campaign appearance in wife Hillary’s 2016 bid for the White House, calling her the most qualified US presidential candidate in decades.

The 69-year-old former president went to New Hampshire in support of the former secretary of state, senator and first lady who leads national polls for the Democrats ahead of the state’s voting contest next month.

Popular among party faithful, Mr Clinton is nonetheless still tainted by allegations of infidelity and sexual impropriety that his wife’s Republican rival, Donald Trump, has sought to exploit by calling him “fair game.”

On Monday, he addressed a rally at a community college in the city of Nashua, paying tribute to Hillary’s determination to make America a fairer, safer country for the poor and struggling middle classes.

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“I do not believe in my lifetime anybody has run for this job in a moment of great importance who is better qualified by knowledge, experience and temperament to do what needs to be done,” he said.

New Hampshire hosts the nation’s first presidential primary on February 9. Calling himself a “happy grandfather,” a relaxed Clinton said he thought Hillary was “the most amazing person” when they met and fell in love, 45 years ago at Yale Law School.

(READ: Trump intensifies attacks on Hillary Clinton, husband)

She could have won any job but wanted only to provide legal aid to the poor, said her husband, dressed in an open-necked shirt, dark pullover and blazer, wearing a Hillary pin on his lapel. “Everything she touched, she made better,” he said, calling her a “change maker.”

But Trump, the real estate tycoon who has led Republican polls for months, has blasted Bill Clinton’s “terrible record” with women — an apparent allusion to his past alleged marital infidelities.

He stepped up his personal attacks on the Clintons on Monday, criticising Hillary for calling him sexist.

“How can she do that when she’s got one of the great women abusers of all time sitting in her house, waiting for her to come home for dinner,” he told CNN.

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