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Ron Reagan: Clinton Speaks To Middle Class "In Terms They Can Understand" To Not "Vote Against Their Best Economic Interests"

On MSNBC's "Hardball" Thursday evening, political analyst Ron Reagan said former President Bill Clinton is able to talk to people, who he implied, aren't very bright and convince them to vote for President Obama.

Calling them not Obama's "natural constituency," Reagan said Clinton is able to talk to working class people "in terms they can understand" and encourage them "from voting against their best economic interests."

REAGAN: "The conventional wisdom, as John has pointed out, is that this election will come down on Ohio and Ohio comes down to the very kinds of voters that we're talking about: working class, the people who used to be called Reagan Democrats; now a lot of them are independents."

"And these people are not necessarily Obama's natural constituency, but they are reachable on economic issues. And nobody is better -- not Barack Obama, not Joe Biden -- nobody is better than Bill Clinton speaking to folks like this in terms they can understand and dissuading them from voting against their best economic interests. He says it plainly, you're heard him right there. He can say it cuttingly. He can really cut Romney off at the knees in the way that President Obama maybe, you know, shouldn't go there. But Bill Clinton can."


John Heilemann jumped in and not only agreed with Reagan said, but added "these people don't need eloquence, they need education, they need explanation."

Heilemann says Clinton is able to make the "regular people" feel "that they're intelligent enough that they're going to figure it out for themselves." Heilemann says Clinton will make them "understand and then do what the right thing is." And the right thing here is convincing them to vote for Obama.

JOHN HEILEMANN: "Can I just say one thing? Ron is so right about this and I wrote this cover story in the magazine about Clinton's role. And the thing that Clinton keep saying as he was writing that convention speech was people, and he was speaking about these kind of people -- working class people, regular people. These people don't need eloquence, they need education, they need explanation. You have to tell them the facts, you got to lay the case out for them. And the brilliance of Bill Clinton is not just is he a Bubba or whatever, it's that he invests the people who are listening to him with the notion that they're intelligent enough that they're going to figure it out for themselves. He believes they're smart enough to figure it out. And if he lays out the case rationally for them, and clears away ideology, just says, 'here's the facts, here's the case,' that they will understand and then do what the right thing is. And thats a very powerful tool.

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