Clinton, Obama headline Virginia fund-raiser
April 29th, 2012
09:29 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton, Obama headline Virginia fund-raiser

(CNN) - In an appearance Sunday alongside President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser for Obama's re-election effort, former President Bill Clinton took a shot at the president’s likely Republican presidential rival, Mitt Romney.

The president has “got an opponent who basically wants to do what they did before – on steroids,” Clinton said, according to pool reports. "Which will get you the same consequences you got before, on steroids."

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The event took place in Virginia at the home of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

Chiming in, Obama said in terms of foreign policy he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “have spent the last three and a half years cleaning up after other folks' messes.”

The president also poked fun at Romney, mocking the former Massachusetts governor for referring to Russia as the country’s “number one geopolitical foe.”

“I didn’t know we were back in 1975,” Obama said.

More than 500 supporters were set to attend the reception with the two presidents, and 80 were scheduled to attend a dinner at the house. Tickets for the reception started at $1,000 a person and tickets for the dinner were $20,000 a person.

The event was the first of three joint fund-raisers that Obama and Clinton will headline together.

“You guys get two presidents for one, which is a pretty good deal,” Obama told the small Virginia crowd Sunday, while standing on a stage set up underneath a white tent.

Also in attendance were former Virginia governor and current Senate candidate Tim Kaine, as well as Rep. Jim Moran and state Sen. Barbara Favola.

Joking with the crowd, Obama talked about Air Force One as one of the perks of being president, saying Clinton misses the plane.

"I'll miss it, too," Obama added.

Drawing loud cheers, a woman in the audience quickly shouted, "But not yet!"

A spokeswoman for Romney's campaign reacted to the joint appearance but criticizing Obama's economic record, including the unemployment rate and current national debt.

"President Obama may be able to convince his friends to tout the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression, but the American people deserve better," Andrea Saul said in an email.

- CNN's Ashley Killough, Kevin Bohn, Steve Brusk, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Fundraising • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Tyler Durden

    Clinton and Obama – the brain power and charisma in that room = staggering...

    April 29, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. kat

    Now, that's a pair ! One slick Willie and one clown.

    April 29, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Carole

    No thank you Mr. President. Please return my invitation back to it's sender. My family's $20,000 will go toward a down payment on our next home when we retire in a few years. As our parents taught us: "you can't spend what you don't have, and don't spend what you have foolishly."

    April 29, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. Làns danga

    Four more years.

    April 29, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Fund raising is an unfortunate evil when it comes to running a political campaign. I wish that there was no need to raise this kind of money.

    April 29, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. BeverlyNC

    What a great team- President Obama and President Clinton. Both are true servants of the People, restored our economy, and made life for the middle class far better. They both believe in education, help for the poor, and the rights for women, workers, and voters.
    Gov. McDonnell of VA is the opposite of reason, is against women rights, has passed humiliation laws against women, and is now running ads to try to restore his damaged reputation so Romney might pick him for VP. He seems to be the only Republican who wants anything to do with Romney and his coming landslide loss to President Obama.
    What an honor it would be to see both Presidents at one event. True men of the People.

    April 30, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  7. charles

    Two real human beings.Unlike Mittens the plastic and robot man. So stiff its scary.Rational presidents.They don't live in the past.Love them because they care about all not only 1%.

    April 30, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  8. Republican who supports President Obama

    Mitt is a disaster. He just wants to add the title to his resume and help his buddies in the process.

    April 30, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  9. Sorensen

    Clinton and Obama. So much class and brainpower in one room. It makes the little "management consultant" from Bain
    look even smaller and more ridiculous.

    April 30, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. LIP

    Our memories of Bill talking about honor and wagging his finger at us are still way to fresh in our memories. Back then he was telling us "I did not have sex with that women".

    April 30, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Former President Clinton is right on about flip flopping Romney. Two brainy presidents in one room...awesome!

    April 30, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. former democrat

    One who orchestrated the housing collapse and the other who ran the economy to the ground. Can't find better two jokers than these 2.

    April 30, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "One who orchestrated the housing collapse and the other who ran the economy to the ground. Can't find better two jokers than these 2."

    Umm, that was your GOBP cult that did that. Try turning off Fakes News and the radical righty hateradio.

    April 30, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Paul

    Correction: Mitt does what he's told. He's not making decisions.

    April 30, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Papaw Nick

    These two are made for each other. Does this sound familiar? Let me make this perfectly clear I did not have sex with that woman. Let me make this perfectly clear this administration will be the most transparent ever and I will have the meetings on C-Span. Birds of a feather.

    April 30, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. He got it right

    I like that even the Romney camp has to admit that it is a recovery we are in... the fact that it is not a fast recovery is what they seem to want to complain about. Not one of them has given any plan to make it go faster... well except to say, tax the millionaires less.
    None the less, we are in a recovery, and that is a change from the downward spiraling economy Bush threw in our laps. Change happened and change has been good.

    April 30, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. April Garlow

    Hope the pres is re-elected so all of his supporters get more of the same–unemployment, poverty and homelessness–you think with their college degrees they could at least afford to buy a clue–Clinton the man that went on television to lie to the people about Monica–now is full of truthiness-hahahaha

    April 30, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Truth Hurts

    Obama's Robin Hood-esque views might sound good for some but it is immoral and impractical. What is the incentive for others to study hard and take risk if they are going be to punished for their success. Imagine the consequences if a professor asks a top performer to share her/his grade with average performing students. Would that be fair?

    April 30, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Correction – It was the republicans who ran the economy into the ground, and are promising to do it agains if they get elected.

    April 30, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. AC

    It is time to SINK the GOP....forever

    April 30, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Clinton and Bush both lied. The difference is that with Clinton, no one died.

    April 30, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Need I say more.

    April 30, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mittens the "gate crasher"? Too funny. Awful ugly of him to try and deflect the attention to himself.

    Romney / Guliani 2012 - Because Everyday Becomes A New Low In The TeamRomney Campaign Pander-Prop Hog-Slop Feeding Extravaganza

    April 30, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bush was like Robin Hood but he was confused. He thought you took from the poor and middle class and gave to the wealthy 1%.

    April 30, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. PulTab

    Mittens wishes he has half the popularity that President Clinton still has after all these years.

    April 30, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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