Hillary Clinton's 2008 Democratic presidential campaign is trying to capitalize on what they think is one of the New York senator's best assets — her husband.
The campaign has given former President Bill Clinton several roles to fill, including chief cash cow, candidate policy adviser and favor collector, according to The New York Times.
The newspaper reports that Clinton is a "the consigliere to the head of 'the family,' as some Clinton aides refer to her operation," as well as a master strategist and powerful fundraiser.
Clinton has also taken on the role of a spokesperson who is better able to explain her positions on hot issues like Iraq.
“He is the great security blanket for her campaign: Democrats listen to him with intensity, and he can assure her and her staff that he can get her message out,” Jerry Lundergan, chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, told the newspaper.
Clinton advisers revealed that they can imagine Bill Clinton getting his own campaign plane at one point and traveling independently on his own schedule to help the senator sell herself to voters.
Aides admit that the plan is rife with potential pitfalls, and the former president is staying away from staff meetings or direct contact with aides. The campaign is also hoping to avoid the leakiness that marked the Clinton White House and wants to keep Bill Clinton disciplined to avoid any potential embarrassments.