Bill Clinton visits the Bay Area

February 18, 2008 9:47:12 PM PST
Former President Bill Clinton came to the Bay Area to raise a million dollars for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

We were outside Robert Klein's home in a Portola Valley neighborhood. It's a community that has been very generous to the Clinton's in previous campaigns. Robert Klein is an attorney who was instrumental in bringing stem cell research to California though the passage of Proposition 71. Tonight, he hosted the third party in a string of fundraisers for Senator Clinton -- all of them very private.

We got a quick glimpse of a reception held for Clinton in San Jose, hosted by members of the Asian American community.

"What's very exciting is that she is still very much leading in Ohio, Texas, and Pennsylvania polls," says Michael Luu, San Jose.

His next stop was Saratoga at a $2,300 dollar per person event at the home of Talat and Kamil Hasan. Clinton is trying to raise money to pay for television ads like the one unveiled today, going after Barack Obama for a speech he made over the weekend.

Senator Obama responded to Senator Clinton's criticism that he gives good speeches, but they are just words.

The problem with Senator Obama's speech is that they weren't his words. He borrowed them from the Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who gave the same speech in 2006.

Today, Senator Obama admitted that he should've given his friend Governor Patrick credit.

"I was in a stump. He had suggested to use these lines because he thought they were good lines," says Obama.

The Clinton campaign is launching an ad showing the two speeches side by side and a Clinton spokesman is calling it plagiarism.

At this afternoon's fundraiser in San Jose, San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma said it's pretty bad.

"If your giving a speech, and its word-for word, I don't think that's genuine. Elected officials should put time into their own thoughts," says Ma.

San Francisco State Political scientist Robert Smith doesn't believe it's going to be much of an issue.

"I think there are much more issues to focus on than these kind of rhetorical tit-for-tats," says Smith.

A million dollars is the reported take for Bill Clintons fundraisers today. They will need that money when it comes time to buy television ads in Texas for the all important March 4 Super Tuesday.