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. Frustrated

    Clinton also had a rep. congress to keep him in line.
    The last 2 years of Bush he had a dem congress and things started going to h#ll.

    January 16, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Yanka

    If indeed Bush Jr. and Clinton form an effective team to assist in the plight of the Haitian people, it can only be applauded. It’s unfortunate when this noble (and essential) objective brings up vitriolic attacks on Bush’ or Clinton’s persona or policies. The emphasis is on behalf of the victims of the Haitian devastation; it has a humanitarian intent not a political aim.

    January 16, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. fred030

    to james walker...what planet do you live on? He ruined our country in just 6 short years financially and worldwide. We are in two wars, one of which he manufactured and billions were spent on his and his ilks lies in which so many of our loved ones and many other countries loved ones died. And, we never did catch the culprit. So, what is it about this man you love?

    January 16, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. Dawn

    Google "Clinton surplus" and all of you Kool-aid drinkers will have proof that there was no surplus under Clinton.

    Even under the 8 yrs of Clinton, he never brought in more money (ie taxes) then he spent.

    The info comes from the treasury dept. You can look at what each administration brought in and what they spent.

    January 16, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Dylan

    I would definately say Bush has more integrity than Clinton. Clinton still bashes Bush yet Bush has never bashed Obama since being in office, yet we all know he disagree's with his policies. Yes, the economy crashed during Bush's Presidency, but wasn't it the policies under Clinton that led the chaos? It would have crumbled no matter who was President.

    January 16, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  6. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I believe this nation needs to look at the bigger picuture behind who we are as a nation if we are ever to succeed within ourselves. It is we who are responsible for the mess we are in; not any one group or party. We need to look at the world at a multi-point of view type of way; historical, psychological, political, scientific, religous, cultural, economical, legal, literature point of view, all physical ways as well, and in a personal perspective. We have to look at each point of view in a multi-angle view of both the pros and cons of the point of each point of view that I explained above. For every situation that you face in life, you have to look at each of those views that I said above, and analyze every angle and perspective of each point of view for that one situation. That is how I face my situations in life, and do all of my work that comes to me everyday, and, even though it takes a bit, it pays off well. Everyone should try it; it might help our America.

    January 16, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. enough already

    Massachusetts just needs to remember the party that gave us NAFTA and CRA. If you believe that Clinton left a great economy that Bush destroyed, then you are sadly misinformed. Clinton left a ticking timebomb.

    January 16, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. BS Fan

    Maybe W will bring in Brownie to help

    January 16, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    "400-plus miles to the north" of where President Clinton and President Bush was is called POLITICS!!!!

    ", 400-plus miles to the SOUTH" of Massachusettes is called UNITY!!!

    Stop trying to mix APPLES with ORANGES when people are SUFFERING in Haiti and need every American to support them.........JEEZ!!!

    January 16, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Do math and look at what years the Republicans controlled congress during both Clinton and Bush years., then come back to me with some stats. What is written here in posts is just plain false.

    January 16, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. haren

    Dummest people in USA are Indepedent voters who gave us two term of Bush presidency.
    How they can forget last eight years of doing nothing but war and filling pockets of corporation and rich people.

    January 16, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. Clifford in New York

    pat from okinawa: You "forgot" to mention that Prez. Clinton got that 240 billion dollar surplus due to 3 major tax increase which led to the recession at the end of his term that President Bush inherited! Selective memory??

    January 16, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. SLH

    It is very obvious that the democrats are on their way out – see next election.

    January 16, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Janalee

    One admirable thing that both Presidents Bush have demonstrated is that they have CLASS. Unlike the other presidents, they have not gone around slamming them. The unfaithful clinton and the community organizer obama should take a less from them!

    January 16, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Dave

    Some of you people are still so bitter, with no facts to back it up. The messiah is in office now, money will fall from the skies! (even though it's being pulled from your wallets first)

    January 16, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. Clifford in New York

    Everybody wants to tax the rich! You fail to realize that the rich own all the businesses and if you put a heavy tax burden on them there will be layoffs and jobs sent overseas for the cheap labor! Social programs are not the answer. Revenue must come from the private sector to sustain any economic growth. Anything else WILL FAIL!

    January 16, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Mac

    It shouldn't matter whether we like these guys are not – as presidents or as people. Nor should we like or vote for them based on what they can do for us individually (this is for Southernhrt). Those "ideals" are why this country is such a mess. If we are all as patriotic as we say we are, then let's be so and remember the big picture when we go out and vote.

    January 16, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. Concerned American Citizen

    When the Republicans were in power they were asking the Democrats for an up or down vote. Interesting now that the Dems are in power you will not hear the cry for an up or down vote. All you hear from them is filibuster and NO, NO, NO!

    January 16, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. T from CA

    Clinton leave room for terrorists to grow for 8 years and all that dumped to President Bush but he never blamed to anyone. Now both Clinton and Obama are blaming Pres. Bush and most of American listen to that. Sometime I think politics in America is just a joke

    January 16, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. JMc

    We complain about our politicians and their personal attacks and most of the comments here are nothing but personal attacks. If you are conservative, then you're a "right wing nut", if you are more liberal in your politics, then you're a "left wing nut". If you are old enough to vote, then you should be mature enough and secure enough in your views not to have to insult another person with a different opinion!! If we want our young people to participate in the democracy, then we should be setting an example on how to disagree without being disagreeable.
    Today our politicians need to learn that lesson as well and as an independent, I plan on doing a lot of cleaning house come the next elections. When they don't listen to the majority of the people and do their lobbying/bribes behind close doors, they deserve to lose their jobs. This country needs a viable third party to keep them honest. One party in charge of all branches of government is not healthy for this country. We need checks and balances, not a monarchy!!

    January 16, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Patrick in CA

    Lots of opinions, some facts some fantasy some bizarre some real – this is why I’ve become apolitical & as a war veteran chagrined at defending a people & country that is a fraud. There is no more “doing the right thing” there is only blathering without facts by brainless people who spew lies because they are too lazy or brainwashed to do actual research. FACT: 1st Bush lunched the economy by relaxing protective laws for consumers that allowed big business to rape Americans. FACT: Clinton fixed the mess but planted the seed of destruction by promoting a destructive screwball to head the FHA. FACT: 2nd Bush threw Americans under the big business bus that created the apocalyptic mess we are now in. FACT: A naïve Obama fell for the lies of Wall Street and made them even richer at all Americans expense. From now on you can all expect a reduced lifestyle. Who’s to blame? You are, for not thinking clearly and not keeping aware of what was happening to your country under your collective noses.

    January 16, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Love these Reps who think they know whatz up Hope limbaugh FAILS

    January 16, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. AJ

    No wars under Clinton? Remember Bosnia? Both sides need to lose the spin. Bosnia was just due to genocide. Hussein committed genocide on Kurds. But that fact is understated by liberal press.

    January 16, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  24. sharon

    The U.S. was in a turmoil the last 8yrs billons of our dollars have been spent on wastefulness. We even had money in surplus and all of it GONE.. This is not Pres. Obama fault at all but there some of you are blaming him. There no way he can undo 8yrs of turmoil in 1yr. and neither can you or any of us. In order to get out of this you'll have to spend money to make it right. If you or anybody who can come up with a no money spent plan for better health care, jobs and less gov't spending please said so NOW or stop complaining. I forgot some of you enjoy the last 8yrs.

    January 17, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  25. Dickson

    Bush help africa more than Obama

    January 17, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
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