At a news conference, Filner said he speaks with Clinton occasionally and that the former president, who was a frequent visitor to San Diego while in office, is aware of the various issues in the city.
"We convinced him this race for mayor was of national importance,'' said Filner, who is locked in a tight race with Councilman Carl DeMaio. Filner's campaign played a recording of a telephone call from Clinton for reporters. The former president praised Filner's record and urging voters to choose him to lead San Diego.
"I'm asking you to join me in supporting Bob Filner for mayor," Clinto said. "As president, I worked with Bob to save San Diego taxpayers more than $3 billion and to secure funding for the Veteran's Home. Bob has the experience to move San Diego forward, to create good-paying 21st century jobs, to support quality public education and put neighborhoods first, not special interests.
"As a Freedom Rider in the 1960s, Bob showed he had the courage to do what's right. That's what he did in Congress, and that's exactly what he'll do as mayor of San Diego."
Filner said he worked with Clinton on securing funding for a sewage treatment plant in the Tijuana River Valley and a veterans' home in Chula Vista, and crafted legislation to use federal money to hire more public safety workers at the local level.
He said he has the support of five San Diego City Council members and numerous other elected officials, including mayors and top state officials.
"The mayor has to work with these people,'' Filner said. "They know me, they have confidence in me, and they support my candidacy.''