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Bill Clinton's appeal

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
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On the same day President Obama is set to appear at CGI with Clinton today in New York, the former president lends his name to a fundraising appeal for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

He says those criticizing Obama "simply can't accept that America has entered a new era, where the same old political rules just don't apply."

And he has some praise for his wife: "Today, we have a president, a Congress, and, if I may be so bold, a pretty darn impressive Secretary of State, who are committed to improving our standing in the world and our economy here at home."

He says Republicans are employing "fear mongering," "misinformation," and "scare tactics."

Here's the full letter:

Dear Friend,

Like you, I'm a bit shocked at the anger and resentment coming from Republicans these days. It seems they'll do anything to bring down President Obama and distract us from the important work at hand.

They simply can't accept that America has entered a new era, where the same old political rules just don't apply.

But we have. Today, we have a president, a Congress, and, if I may be so bold, a pretty darn impressive Secretary of State, who are committed to improving our standing in the world and our economy here at home.

Under their leadership, we can not only bring lasting change to America, we can secure lasting majorities for Democrats. 

But if we falter - if we hesitate - if we blink - in the face of Republican fear-mongering and misinformation, we'll have not only lost our momentum; we could lose the movement. 

That's why I'm asking for [you] (sic) to join me in supporting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The DSCC is coming up on a crucial end-of-quarter deadline, and it needs the help of all its grassroots supporters to raise $3 million. Reaching this goal is so important that a group of Democratic senators will match your gift, doubling your impact.

Click here to contribute $5 or more to the DSCC. Every dollar will help us win in 2010!

Today, we have a president who knows the importance of strengthening relationships and alliances around the world. 

We have Democratic legislators who have worked with President Obama to bring our economy back from the brink of depression, prevent thousands of Americans from losing their homes, cut taxes for working families, stop credit card companies from abusing consumers, ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work, and extend health insurance to millions of children. 

And I believe, in the weeks ahead, we will achieve the health care reform our country so desperately needs.  

But this progress is not inevitable, and electoral success isn't guaranteed. Republican scare tactics have taken us off course, and, right now, our progressive vision is under more stress than ever before.

That's why we need your help. Giving to the DSCC will allow us to recruit great candidates, build winning campaigns and make sure President Obama has the votes he needs to enact the policies that will make a real difference in the lives of all Americans. And if you give by Sept. 30, every dollar you give will be matched.

Click here to contribute $5 or more to the DSCC. Every dollar will help us win in 2010!

President Obama said it best when he said, "We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it."

Please join me in supporting the DSCC, and building a brighter future for our party and our country.

Sincerely,
Bill Clinton