Bill Clinton to campaign for Obama next week in swing-state Florida

The Obama campaign announced Saturday that former President Bill Clinton would stump for the president in swing-state Florida next week.

Clinton will visit the Miami area on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and be in the Orlando area on Wednesday.  The campaign said more details on his events would be “forthcoming.”

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The announcement comes on the heels of Clinton’s well-regarded address to the Democratic National convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, where he officially nominated Obama and defended his record on the economy.

The Obama campaign hopes the former president will help remind voters of the party’s success in the 1990s, when Clinton presided over the nation’s longest period of economic expansion. 

The two presidents were rumored to have an icy relationship following the contentious primary between then Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and then Sen. Hillary Clinton.

But this election cycle, Bill Clinton has attended a series of high-profile fundraisers and events for President Obama.  

In an interview last week before his convention address, Clinton said he was more enthusiastic about Obama’s candidacy than he was four years ago.

He said that while the two were not “close friends,” President Obama knew “that I support him.”

On Saturday, Obama praised Clinton during a campaign rally in St. Petersburg, Fla. saying that his Charlotte address had been a strong defense of his administration’s record.

Obama said Clinton had “made the case as only he can” and joked about a tweet which suggested Clinton be appointed “secretary of explaining stuff.

“I like that,” said Obama.