Clinton disputes American Crossroads, endorses Obama jobs bill
October 7th, 2011
10:48 AM ET
3 years ago

Clinton disputes American Crossroads, endorses Obama jobs bill

(CNN) – President Obama has an endorser in a former president, and former foe.

Former President Bill Clinton released a statement Friday disputing the use of his own words as a critique for the president's "American Jobs Act."

American Crossroads, a conservative independent advocacy group, released an ad using a quote from the former president's speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in September.

"I personally don't believe we ought to be raising taxes, it won't solve the problem," Clinton says in the Super PAC's ad.

But the influential former POTUS took issue with that portrayal.

"The Republican group American Crossroads has used a quote from me in a video opposing President Obama's jobs plan and the 'Buffett Rule,'" he said in the statement provided to Politico.

"The advertisement implies that I opposed the 'Buffett Rule.' In fact, I support both the American Jobs Act and the 'Buffett Rule.' I believe that it's only fair to ask those of us in high-income groups - who have received the primary benefits of the last decade's economic growth and the majority of its tax cuts as well - to contribute to solving our long term debt problem."

And Clinton added a clarification, in case his point remained unclear.

"What I did say was that the 'Buffett Rule' cannot solve the problem alone. Reducing the debt requires three things: more economic growth, more spending cuts, and more revenue," he said.

Sounding a lot like the current president, Clinton asserted, "Right now, the most important thing is to put America back to work. That's why I support the American Jobs Act."


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Jobs • President Obama
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Chrisg

    American crossroads is NOT independent of the GOP

    October 7, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. thomas

    Come together !

    October 7, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. beevee

    Any one with a brain and an attitude to help people will endorse and support president Obama's jobs bill. The damn GOP leadership is not willing to help american people to get back into work for their own selfish gains – the continued financial support of big companies and other rich people to get reelceted and get rich. All at the expense of the middle class and the poor. Damn them.

    October 7, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "What I did say was that the 'Buffett Rule' cannot solve the problem alone. Reducing the debt requires three things: more economic growth, more spending cuts, and more revenue," he said."

    Karl Rove's GPS/Crossroads Super Pac funds are being used to mislead the American people ... ? Absolutely! It's a well known, but never publicly acknowledged (at least by the media anyway) fact that old Karl's been misleading the public for far too many years now to ever be considered truthful. Good grief, CNN does cartwheels around itself trying to distance Rove from his ownership of Crossroads. There really ought to be a law requiring fact checking by the media before these PAC campaign commercials are aired on local news media - including a disclaimer stating "Not Intended To Be Factual".

    October 7, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. ruralpoor

    I am a die hard , business owning , fight to the last man republican . This man (Clinton)made me more money than any president in my lifetime . How I wish for the old days of his presidency . I made a lot of money and had happy , well paid employees .Listen to him , he knows the way out .

    October 7, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Hangar13

    Yawn. Clinton says one thing and then claims he meant something else. A Democrat president comes up with tax and spend as the solution to whatever problem needs to be solved, and another Democrat president is in favor of it. Yawn again. When are we getting back to real news? Didn't Michele Bachmann use an apostrophe incorrectly in high school once?

    October 7, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. MTATL67

    I asked my Senator (Chambliss) about his earmarks. $3,100,000 for the Chattahoochee River Rec. area and $7,900,00 for repairs to the Courthouse in Savannah, Ga. His response was “I reserve the right to ask Congress and the President for critical funding”. Recreation and repairs are critical funding but unemployment and jobs are not critical.

    October 7, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. rs

    American Crossroads, and Crossroads GPS are just extensions of the Texas oil and gas industry- you know the TEA Party people. They are not worthy of engagement.

    October 7, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Typical Karl Rove: take a quote out of context, and lie, lie, lie. Goebbels would have hired him in a heartbeat.

    October 7, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. logic in LA

    Maybe listening to the last President that got us out of debt and into a surplus might be wise. We know Bush didn't know what to do with money and the economy except to drain our coffers

    October 7, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Bill Clinton is just a frustrated Liberal. He never saw a Tax Hike he didn't like. He said, "We could give people back more of their money, but they wouldn't know how to spend it. So he refused to lower Taxes. Bush lowered Taxes ant the unemployment was about 4.5 percent, until people voted the Democrats back into Congress, and Viola! Unemployment went up tp an Official 9.1 Percent with no hope of lowering anytime soon. Obama had a majority in the Congress and did nothing. The Buffett Rule? You had better look at the POGO Rule.

    October 7, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. gt

    if bill wife was president we would not be in this mess.... biggest mistake ever the democratic party ever made..obama instead of hillary

    October 7, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Sorensen

    Listen to Bill Clinton. He is still the smartest, fastest, most sophisticated thinker in America. By far!

    October 7, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Wes B.

    Maybe we should listen to this guy. Like him or hate him...he's super smart. And he did preside over a great economy.

    October 7, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. maf

    Thank you President Clinton! It is so important for those who can to correct the misdirection happening from the GOP! When there is something to refute, you MUST!! Fight the Party of NO with everything you've got! When no money moves from a consumer standpoint, the economy stagnates! When there are fewer people working, consumption definitely dwindles. The President can not produce JOBS! The 2010 election appeared to be all about putting people back to work, at least the GOP certainly ran their campaign on that issue. What has transpired since then is NOTHING! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct. The talking points they are using have been proven to be misaligned with what is factually evident. Their approval rating is virtually non-existent, yet they continue to oppose everything just for the sake of gridlock! Can't wait for the 2012 election. Those who do not appreciate this activity need to get out to VOTE!!

    October 7, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia) wrote:
    Bush lowered Taxes ant the unemployment was about 4.5 percent, until people voted the Democrats back into Congress, and Viola! Unemployment went up tp an Official 9.1 Percent with no hope of lowering anytime soon.
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    The Bush unemployment numbers are hghly suspect because of the changes his administration made to tax loopholes and job totals reporting rules. Because companies could take a US tax credit for foreign taxes paid on overseas manufacturing plants, it meant companies could manufacture tax-free while counting those overseas employees in their job figures. Over 50,000 US factories closed between 2001 and 2007, reducing US manufacturing jobs from 19 million to 11 million.

    Unemployment began to rise under Bush in 2006 as the mortgage crisis began to take hold. On Jan. 20, 2009, our unemployment rate was at 7.8%, we were losing 700,000 jobs per month, the market was at 8000 after dipping below 7000, and out GDP was contracting at -5%. The Republican Party was content to do nothing while the economy was in freefall with the entire US auto industry leading the way.

    Say what you will, ignore the facts as you may, but President Obama and the Democratic Congress saved our economy and our country.

    October 7, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Chuk

    This is a common sense solution. Republican leaders can't seem to see through their ideological blinders to try and help America!

    October 7, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    That's amusing. I heard him clearly state, on TV, in an interview, that the Obama Jobs bill, would NOT produce jobs, would cost too much money, and that he was very concerned about what was going to happen.

    Now he endorses it? Talk about your stupid party politics.........he doesn't believe in it, but he endorses it anyway, just because he is a Democrat!

    October 7, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. wycliffe

    the economy may be bad, but obama is still the only one out there with solutions to the jobless. I would rather stand by him than stand with the party of NO

    October 7, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Stop the Charade

    Thank you Preident Clinton for showing Karl Rove for what he is: a liar and shill for big money.

    October 7, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |