Blitzer's Blog: Bill Clinton on 'class warfare'
July 1st, 2011
04:32 PM ET
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Blitzer's Blog: Bill Clinton on 'class warfare'

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton strongly rejects Republican accusations that President Obama is engaging in "class warfare" when he proposes increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Clinton is very familiar with the accusation. He was accused of engaging in "class warfare" when he raised taxes on upper-income Americans shortly after he took office in 1993.

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  1. Obama/Biden 2012 - Four more years of record unemployment, $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits, crushing debt, Obamacare, golf, vacations, speeches and class warfare

    Are you kidding me? The ENTIRE Democrat approach is based PURELY on CLASS WARFARE. Obama has spent 2.5 years on nothing but class warfare. He and the Democrats ALWAYS pit one class against another, one race against another, one generation against another, and on and on. All the worlds problems are from business and "rich" people right? And if all their power and money was "shared" with others the world would be perfect right? But it's those dang greedy rich businesses and rich people holding everybody else done, right Democrats?

    July 1, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    President Obama engaging in class warfare? Who is trying to dismantle the social safety net (that some of us have paid into all of our lives) that keeps those of us least able to afford it, at the very least, fed, and turn it over to Wall Street and the health insurers for profit. Who is trying to give more tax breaks to the very rich, at the expense of the rest of us? Who is insisting on continuing taxpayer subsidies to the richest companies the world has ever seen. It's certainly not the President. I could go on, but you get my drift.

    What are the Republicans doing to us? Are they trying to jeopardize our struggling economy in order to win elections? Is that what this "war" is about? And so what if a few of us (or a few thousand of us) die along the way? Is that where we're at? When the senate minority leader says his #1 goal is to make sure Obama is a one term president, and it appears that they're on course to make that happen, where does that leave the rest of us? And is this war? Is this terrorism? Is this treason?

    July 1, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Expat American

    When will the Tea Party and their vile bigoted brood realize that the GOP cares nothing for poor whites?

    July 1, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Patrick from Minnesota

    "Yes there is class warfare. And my class, the rich, is winning."
    -Warren Buffet

    July 1, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Patrick from Minnesota

    It's sad that the party that praises Jesus' name and message goes against everything that Jesus was about.

    July 1, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. jermaine

    In Ohio, our newly elected republican governor has drastic budget cuts that affect the middle class only. Funding for education has been cut, 700 teachers, police and fireman have lost their jobs in my county because of this. He killed a plan set by the previous democratic governor before he left office to implement high speed rail which would have created thousands of jobs. He cut the estate tax which goes to repairing bridges & highways which would create jobs for construction workers. Why is it that the middle class has to take the brunt of balancing a budget while the rich continue to get rich?

    July 1, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. While preserving all tax loopholes for billionaires, while trying to gut social services . . .

    just whom is engaging in "class warfare".

    It worked so well for the Republics in 1995; just ask ex-President Bob Dole ;)

    July 1, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. peace

    thank u mr clinton for remaining these stupid fools about the rethug game obama 2012.

    July 1, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    I don't have to vote FOR any republican. do YOU???? Remember all of this next year at the ballot box. that will get rid of most of the republican corporatists.

    July 1, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Jarod

    Obama/Biden 2012 – Four more years of record unemployment, $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits, crushing debt, Obamacare, golf, vacations, speeches and class warfare

    Are you kidding me? The ENTIRE Democrat approach is based PURELY on CLASS WARFARE. Obama has spent 2.5 years on nothing but class warfare. He and the Democrats ALWAYS pit one class against another, one race against another, one generation against another, and on and on. All the worlds problems are from business and "rich" people right? And if all their power and money was "shared" with others the world would be perfect right? But it's those dang greedy rich businesses and rich people holding everybody else done, right Democrats?
    ++++++++++++++++++++

    You're either an idiot savant or just a plain old idiot... The gist of the article is to say that in order for us to make our way out of this mess, is to ensure that we ALL pay our true fair share of taxes and not be able tp hire lawyers that swindle the public by using loose loopholes or catch 22 policies designed for people who get around in their own private jets.

    July 1, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Boo hoo Baynor

    Anyone that votes Republican is a TRAITOR.

    July 1, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Roland Buck

    Progressives should not be afraid of the term "Class Warfare," but, rather they should embrace it because it is a perfect description of what the Republicans are doing. They want to balance the budget on the backs of working people and the poor by making them do all the belt tightening while the rich and big business are not required to do any belt tightening, but get to keep all their tax breaks. THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE ONES WHO ARE ENGAGING IN CLASS WARFARE AGAINST WORKING PEOPLE AND THE POOR!

    July 1, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I have yet to see a right winger post here that can defend what the GOP is doing to the point where it is acceptable. I could have way buy that line about not raising taxes on the "job creators" IF they were actually creating jobs. Heck the Bush tax cuts have been in effect over 10 years now and our unemployment is almost at 10%, YET a lot of coporations are making record profits, the stock market is moving again, and the CEOs are lining their pockets with bonus money. Pay scale for the average middle class worker has stagnated. And all these folks that want to call Medicare and Social Securityand unemployment insurance as HANDOUTS must not work because I as a worker and tax payer have been paying into them since day one of my employment. And if they GOP has it's way it won't be there when I retire in 20 years. Tax rates are the lowest since before I was born, yet you get a Tea Party crying about taxes when Obama has cut theirs. The mis information is running wild out here.

    July 1, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Brent Shanks

    Im guessing the first poster is one of those fortunate enough to be in the top %10 income bracket.

    Republicans and Democrats are both equally in the wrong in our nations current economic situation. The childishness with which they are approaching the entire situation is disgusting and all of our leaders should be extrememly ashamed of themselves. Bad mouthing each other rather than working together will never get this country back to where it needs to be. Its great to stand for something, but its even better to understand the concept of compromise and effectively do that to benefit the people of this country. IMO none of our current leaders are doing enough. Tax the wealthy individuals and corporations, and cut government spending in a big way. Both parties are right about what needs to be done, now they just gotta learn to compromise. Unfortunaltely, neither party has really shown they can compromise.

    As far as 2012 goes, WHO CARES? The political trash talking is old old old. What happened to candidates running on what THEY believe in, and not what the other politician has done wrong in the past? I will never vote for any candidate that uses these tactics in an election. If you want my vote you tell me why I should vote for you, not why I shouldnt vote for the other candidate. I can decide that for myself.

    July 1, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |