January 16th, 2010
04:27 PM ET
8 years ago

Clinton praises and knocks Bush on same day

Former President Clinton was joined by former President George W. Bush at the White House Saturday, the same day that the DNC launched an automated phone call where Clinton criticizes Bush's economic policies.

Former President Clinton was joined by former President George W. Bush at the White House Saturday, the same day that the DNC launched an automated phone call where Clinton criticizes Bush's economic policies.

Washington (CNN) – As President Clinton stood alongside his successor, President Bush, at the White House Saturday to announce a new fundraising effort for Haiti, 400-plus miles to the north the 42nd president was blasting Bush’s economic policies in a new automated telephone call designed to cast doubt on Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown’s Senate campaign.

Clinton recorded the telephone call for the Democratic National Committee, which is trying to energize voters to turn out Tuesday for Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election to fill the remaining three years of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s term.

Flanked by his two predecessors, President Obama announced Saturday that they will head up the “Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.”

“I'd like to thank President Bush for agreeing to do this, and for the concern he showed for Haiti,” Clinton said in brief remarks at the White House event.

In Massachusetts, on a different topic, Clinton was not so embracing of Bush.

“The Republicans are spending millions of dollars to win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat and they’re telling you that they’ve got a better economic plan, when all they want is to bring back President Bush’s economic policies,” Clinton said in the recorded message being directed into the homes of Bay State voters.

Clinton also appeared with Coakley Friday at a Boston campaign event.

Democratic leaders are hoping that Clinton’s interest in the contest and President Obama’s decision to hold a campaign rally Sunday in Boston will help encourage Democrats to show up and vote Tuesday in what is expected to be a very close race for the Senate seat.

Polls show Brown is a formidable opponent in what was supposed to be an easy general election for the Coakley.

Script of telephone call

Hello, this is Bill Clinton.

I’m calling to urge you to get out and vote for Martha Coakley on Tuesday January 19.

This election is critical, not just for Massachusetts but for our entire country. The Republicans are spending millions of dollars to win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat and they’re telling you that they’ve got a better economic plan, when all they want is to bring back President Bush’s economic policies. They’re telling you they’ve got a health care plan, when all they want is to leave the health insurance companies in control of America’s health care and bankrupt the country.

So please, get out and vote for Martha Coakley on Tuesday Jan 19. I know her, she’s a good person, she’ll be a good senator.

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soundoff (176 Responses)

    Every rational person know we were already in a recession when Obama took office! It hasn't been a year yet and no one but Bush is to blame for this mess! I am sure he is the cause ofthe earthquake too.

    January 16, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. ICARE

    To Ed

    Yes. True, but sometimes, the face of terrorist, deserves someone who will stand his ground and defend it, like W.

    God Bless America

    January 16, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Hey Bill......

    did you forget you are the special envoy to Haiti......what the hell are you doing in Mass. when you are so desperately needed in Haiti????

    January 16, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    I would not call it a slam for stating that Brown wants to return to the shrub error which resulted in an economic quagmire for this country.

    I do congratulate Bush for helping with the fund raising for Haiti!

    January 16, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. brian

    During ww11 the Highest tax bracket was 94%- Then came Reagan who told us Tax cuts for the rich would trickle down - so he lowered their taxes– Then Dumbya Bush lowered them further so the Upper class would pay 38%– This was done during Two wars– A move so reckless it practically bankrupted the Treasury- Then there was GOP deregulation which led to Bernie Madoff and Worthless Credit Default Swaps which further destroyed the Economy– So the trickle down turned to a gusher upward and as Dick Cheney said Deficits don't matter- The GOP waste money on Wars for Corporate Profit The Dems waste it Domestically- Thus I prefer the Blue Poison to the Red (Jonestown) Kool Aid!!!!

    January 16, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Clinton proves how they love to hate one another in politics...What a bunch of hippocrytes you all are!

    January 16, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Annoyed American

    Yeah record deficit with Obama and taxation of the middle class. We might as well live in a third word country. Blaming everything on Bush is getting old. Obama needs to take responsibility and stop robbing the middle class and make us desititute.

    January 16, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Greg

    1. Hurray that they are joining forces to raise money for Haiti.

    2. Clinton's personal life was a mess, but he has been considered by nonpartisan groups as one of the best presidents this country's ever had.

    3. Bush may have a nice Christian personal life, but his policies were a mess and has been considered by nonpartisan groups as one of the worst presidents this country's ever had.

    4. It's too early to see how Obama's 8 years will play out. He's been busy cleaning up yesterday's dirt: 2 badly strategized wars, financial industry deregulation gone mad, economy in a free-fall, zero international credibility, failing moral compass.

    January 16, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. tom

    Bush good. Obama /Clinton bad. History will prove it. Obama voters are getting ready to jump ship

    January 16, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Robert Zuckschwerdt

    Bush, just like Nero, sat watching for eight years while this country was was burning. He did nothing ! Obama, gets slammed for trying to clean up his mess. Go figure.

    January 16, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Linda

    And when was this recording made? BEFORE the earthquake in Haiti. People come on!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Nimises

    Good thing this tragedy occurred with democrats in office, otherwise, it would be another Katrina nightmare.

    January 16, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Dow Jones was 14,000 under Bush

    History recorded that Dow Jones ever highest was 14,093 on October 12, 2007 under President Bush.

    The lowest was 6,626 on March 6, 2009 under Obozo.

    January 16, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. GoldenThom

    You are tired of hearing that the rich benefited under Bush? Poor baby. When I was about 16 my father, a lifelong Republican, was lamenting the fact that the rich controlled over 40% of the wealth in America. He that that was a scandal. Bush pumped that up to about 90%. Please don't try to tell me that the rich didn't benefit from Bush redistribution of wealth. Bush made more billionaires that all previous presidents combined. Why is it that middle class Republicants are so dead set on seeing us all become slaves to the American oligarchy?

    January 16, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Bubble of Sanity

    I'm surprised at all the small minds that have no viable opinion on anything of any significance, but still live in a kindergarten sandbox saying childish things.

    These men were both president of the US, for crying out loud. Grow up.

    January 16, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Scottsdale Hokie

    Libs must love that Barry chose Bush for this.

    I guess he needed someone that knew what he was doing.

    Barry is a miserable failure.

    January 16, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Jaz

    Bush doesn't give a you know what about those poor people in Haiti. Hurricane Katrina, anyone?

    January 16, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. m smith

    I believe what he is doing is called politics. No different than the repos . So get over it. Glad Bush is helping with disaster but let's face it his policies where awful so no lie there. Why make more out of it than it is? Better than remarks by ol Linbaugh that we should not send any money to help.

    January 16, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. MJ

    Interesting phone message ... Martha is not qualified to serve. She has been laid back believing it was a "done deal". Now the Big Gun is arriving to secure her position. In the mean time .. this outrageous Health Care Bill will be passed behind closed doors. Middle Class – just wait – Taxes will soar.

    January 16, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Gerry NH

    Heres 2 ex presidents trying to help with aid to Haiti and all you retards can do is speak badly about them. Real class.

    January 16, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. ICARE

    To Doug

    Clinton is not a ghost. He can raise 1 million day in 1 day. Can you do that?

    January 16, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Tom from Mas

    People need to take ECON 101 before being allowed to vote.

    The low tax and interest rates under GOP rule (house/senate) under Clinton that was further extended and lower under Bush/GOP is what caused the recession.

    The 3 greatest depressions in the USA have occurred after periods of low tax and interest rates.

    A low tax and interest rate is only good during RISING economic growth. But once economic growth has slowed and plateau, you need to raise them tax and interest rates => Otherwise, you get INFLATION. And inflation leads to a recession.

    The problem is that the GOP is not allowed to raise taxes. George W.H Bush did it and lost his job. So no GOP President/Governor has ever dared to do it again.

    So had Bush Jr. and the GOP raised the tax and interest rates in 2001, we may have been able to avert the recession.

    Instead, Bush Jr/GOP lowered tax and interest rates futher and tried to create RISING economic growth by invading Iraq.

    January 16, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. rosemary

    I like President Bush. Clinton should shut his mouth when he's suppose to be helping ALONG SIDE OF PRES. BUSH to get aid to Haiti. Some politicians just can't shut their big mouths. I guess they feel like some 'big' guy. He is such an idiot.

    January 16, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. bg

    use all the selective stats u want, but u simply cant compare the state of the usa and the world in general under clinton and bush. clinton led a mostly peaceful, prosperous decade, bush led a violent [started by 9/11 yes but increased 10X on his part) and politically toxic decade, not to mention the gap between rich and poor grew even more. and as for obama, well he is trying to fix the mess bush left him. when ppl try to blame obama for the current mess, u just have to laugh, bc they are so ignorant. any conclusions other than these are fairy tales.

    January 16, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Dean

    For Pat from okinawa......
    Year Year
    Ending National Debt Deficit
    FY1993 09/30/1993 $4.411488 trillion
    FY1994 09/30/1994 $4.692749 trillion $281.26 billion
    FY1995 09/29/1995 $4.973982 trillion $281.23 billion
    FY1996 09/30/1996 $5.224810 trillion $250.83 billion
    FY1997 09/30/1997 $5.413146 trillion $188.34 billion
    FY1998 09/30/1998 $5.526193 trillion $113.05 billion
    FY1999 09/30/1999 $5.656270 trillion $130.08 billion
    FY2000 09/29/2000 $5.674178 trillion $17.91 billion
    FY2001 09/28/2001 $5.807463 trillion $133.29 billion
    As can clearly be seen, in no year did the national debt go down, nor did Clinton leave President Bush with a surplus that Bush subsequently turned into a deficit. Yes, the deficit was almost eliminated in FY2000 (ending in September 2000 with a deficit of "only" $17.9 billion), but it never reached zero–let alone a positive surplus number. And Clinton's last budget proposal for FY2001, which ended in September 2001, generated a $133.29 billion deficit. The growing deficits started in the year of the last Clinton budget, not in the first year of the Bush administration.

    Keep in mind that President Bush took office in January 2001 and his first budget took effect October 1, 2001 for the year ending September 30, 2002 (FY2002). So the $133.29 billion deficit in the year ending September 2001 was Clinton's. Granted, Bush supported a tax refund where taxpayers received checks in 2001. However, the total amount refunded to taxpayers was only $38 billion . So even if we assume that $38 billion of the FY2001 deficit was due to Bush's tax refunds which were not part of Clinton's last budget, that still means that Clinton's last budget produced a deficit of 133.29 – 38 = $95.29 billion.

    Clinton clearly did not achieve a surplus and he didn't leave President Bush with a surplus,

    January 16, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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