January 16th, 2010
04:27 PM ET
4 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)
  1. jd

    We were in a recession when W Bush took office. Look up Enron, World Comm. How 'bout that terrorist network? Every President has challenges that it "inherited". This is just the first to constantly whine about it.

    January 16, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. bush still sucks

    someone here said the Bush years were great because he didn't have to pay any taxes. What a shortsighted view. it's true, those tax cuts trickled down all the way to our kids and grandkids. Too bad they will have to pick up the tab. Bush supporters voted to send them the bill. The most irresponsible administration ever.

    January 16, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Tim Allen

    Clinton balanced the budget, did that make your like great? No. Bush Jr had a war, so comparing his 8 years with Clinton's is stupid. It cannot be comparable. Obama? What a loser. He is a little boy TRYING to do a man's job and he is failing....if I'm wrong...show me stats and citations to prove it.

    January 16, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Tom in Illinois

    Bush is a class act and doesn't belittle our president. Obama and Clinton are still trying to blame former president Bush for everything that goes wrong. Obama ios strictly amateur hour.

    January 16, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Business is business....Nothing personal. It's great they got together to help the people in Haiti.....I try to never complain because folks have it worse....

    January 16, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. ICARE

    As far as I'm concerned, 43 looks pretty good around them.

    Overall, just relax. This is what separates us from becoming the next North Korea or Hitler-State, our conscience to live out the Constitutuion.

    January 16, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. William (chicago)

    Last time I checked the constitution, congress controlled spending. And weren't the Republicans in power of Congress during the Clinton administration? Coincidence? I think the contract with America had more to do with economic prosperity then slick willy hiding silly business under his desk...

    January 16, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    Wouldn't be the first time he's talked out of both sides of his mouth and not likely to be the last.

    It's good to see them unit to help a people in so desperate need, now, if only they could do that for the people of this country.

    January 16, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Texas Granny

    Did someone have to show George where Haiti was on a map so he wouldn't come off as TOO uninformed?

    I had to deal with the dolt when he was Governor of Texas, and he couldn't remember squat from one day to the next- and worst of all, he didn't really care. He couldn't have cared less if he was prepared when he came to a meeting or function. His biggest concern was "let's get our picture (except he pronounced it "pitcher") made.

    January 16, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. adam russell

    It isnt hard for an honest person to see that it is possible to compliment a person for one thing while disagreeing with him on something else.

    January 16, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. maria

    I have never liked George W Bush policies, but i am proud of him now for helping out with Haiti. Maybe he has learned fro Katrina.
    Where is evil Cheney?

    January 16, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. steven rothacker

    Bush was not that good on being a caretaker of the public treasury. Obama and the Democrats are four times worst and don't give a flip about the Constitution.

    January 16, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. yen

    I am so very proud of the two ex presidents, that they are going to be leading the fund raising drive to help Haiti.

    January 16, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. joe m

    after a year of president obama being in charge, blaming bush for the woes of the country is really more than just old. if this is the best reason the DNC can provide voters to choose their candidate, then i say it's not enough. it is an insult to the inteligence of the MA voter to continue this tired approach of bush bashing. talk about getting fixated and looking back rather than looking forward. heck if i lived in MA and got this call, as an independent i'd seriously be considering going for the republican candidate b/c at least he'd represent CHANGE.

    January 16, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Mancini

    the degregulations that started in the 70s, continued in the 80s, were terrifically accelerated in the 90s and they all led to the financial bubble popping.....

    blame CONGRESS. they passed the laws that each of the presidents signed.

    the old fat white finance-guys have always run things from their nearby powerseats that control whomever it is that ascends to the presidency. same with obama-just look at where his Treasury Secretary came from (trained at the knee from Greenspan).

    January 16, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. oldtimer

    It's the beginning of the end for the Democratic majority. November is coming early. But it's a beginning. Let's let the politicians know that they are on the wrong track. Hope they have their new jobs lined up.

    January 16, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. maraj

    Lets not keep blaming President Clinton or President Bush. This is a captalistic country. You reap what you sow. Rag tags have been able to take down our brave and compassionate soldiers. Open the guns, end the war. War is never good so have the stomach to see the gore. President Obama needs to open the guns, something President Bush started but slowed down. He was good, but his key advisors VP Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfields will always baffle me. They were supposed to be veterans in all respects and should have been able to get it right. We should be grateful that we have good hearted, minded Presidents. Ignorant fools should spend sometime in tyranical countries to appreciate our great nation, rather than resort to cheap name calling. Talk is always cheap. Amen.

    January 16, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. Sick of Politics

    Thousands of people dead and a whole country destroyed by an earthquake. Nice to sit in our comfortable homes and bicker about which political party is the best or worst. This is NOT what made America great.

    January 16, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. freelance

    james Walker said about Obama, "Is he Just dumb or is he doing what he is told by someone." You mean like Bush following Cheney's orders?

    January 16, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Michele

    I am shocked that GWB has the nerve to show his face in this effort after the mess he made of US citizens during Katrina. Not to mention the rebuilding of NO that he promised and never delivered on. You don't see Bush setting up a worldwide foundation to do good for the less fortunate. No, he is trying to fund a library. Wonder how much of his ill-gotten gains he'll donate to Haiti?

    January 16, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. joe smith

    like they say, "it's politics stupid"..couldn't help see Jr. had a hung jury, and will skate..maybe Jr. knows a little bit about the lost money on wall street, and to push this thing too far, may have tarnished some real fat cats..you suppose..

    January 16, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. Debbie

    Why bring Bush into help? He screws up anything he touches. Had a great set up entering as Prez with a surplus. Now...we are in the tank because he a) failed in Afganistan, b) went to war in Iraq over a lie to the American public using all of our surplus, resources, creating a huge deficit, c) looked the other way while the banks were into buying sub-prime loans and reselling them, d) allowed SEC Chris Cox to look the other way at Wall Street, e) first gave money to 10 banks and then f) gave money to automakers.

    January 16, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. bennie new york

    More bad press for the Dems in MA. As for Bill, he really can't bad-mouth Bush when our current economy is as much his fault as Bush's.

    January 16, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Roman Deutsch, Butler, PA

    Well, in My eyes, George W. Bush is no George H. W. Bush. When I watched the three presidents, (Obama, Clinton and Bush) I couldn't help but notice how old, G W looks. I'm sure Bush has been reliving the horrors of his presidency. Instead of raising money, I like to see him take that chain saw of his and go to Haiti and start cutting the debris away from some of the dead bodies so they can be buried. It would do his soul some good.

    How many of you republicans forget that Bush and the republicans never put the cost of the war into the budget. Or when Bush went in front of national TV and pleaded with Americans to pass a stimulus bill or we would have a depression greater than the Great Depression. He knew how bad he screwed up and so did the republicans.

    But, this I can tell you; I don't forget. How many millions of people lost everything cause of the republicans and Bush. How many families were destroyed all across the globe because Bush/Cheney wanted the Oil out of Iraq? Remember; I'm the Decider. The Great Deceiver.

    Who used religion and the teachings of Christ to gain power over men to destroy nations, including our own? That's right; the republicans and Bush. I never forget things like that, cause no man has the right to use religion or the teachings of Christ to gain power over men to destroy nations. And the same can be said of Bin Laden.

    Forgiveness comes with humility and penitence which I haven't heard from Bush or the republicans for bringing so much misery to this country. Oh, yeah, Pat Roberson needs to do that too, along with Rush Limbaugh and a few others. They know who they are.

    I never forget.

    January 16, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Independant Vet

    Democrats bought there way into the white house. Now they are still crying foul . Has every one for got about Acorn ??
    Do you really think , his shouting will , bring back job's .
    The Illegals are still here , an more coming every day. One year is what it took the Democrats to shove us , so far indebt , one born a moment ago will never see us out of debt. Thanks to Obama an the Dedmocrats. Wright Pelosi .

    January 16, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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