Bill Clinton: Hillary a ‘change-maker’
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Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage The 2 events that reshaped the Democratic primary race MORE on Friday said that his wife is a "change-maker" capable of following in the footsteps of President Obama.


"She's the best change-maker I've ever known," he said at a rally in Memphis, Tenn.

The former presdient also said Obama often gets unfairly criticized.

“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, well, you don’t understand, it’s different now. It’s rigged,’” Clinton said at a rally in Memphis, Tenn.

“'Yeah, it’s rigged,'" he continued, speaking ironically. "'Cause you don’t have a president who’s a change-maker – who, with a Congress who will work with him.'"

"But the president has done a better job than he has gotten credit for. And don't you forget it.”

Clinton’s remarks about Obama come after his wife appears to have embraced the president’s record on the campaign trail.

She positively referenced Obama 22 times at Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate and in recent stump speeches has positioned herself as the candidate who would continue his policies in office.

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats ask judge for quick ruling on McGahn subpoena Hillary Clinton: 'Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency' The Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race MORE has also attacked primary rival Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE at the debate for his criticisms of Obama, pointing to a blurb he wrote praising a book that said the president “let progressives down.”

Sanders fired back that he has always supported the president’s vision for the country.

“One of us ran against Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race Political purity tests are for losers Deportations lower under Trump administration than Obama: report MORE,” he said at the debate, referring to Clinton's contentious 2008 contest with Obama. “I was not that candidate.”

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that former President Clinton was mocking President Obama ironically.