Clinton, Obama headline Virginia fund-raiser
April 29th, 2012
09:29 PM ET
2 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. SD

    Nobody who stands for a political party stands for anything you believe in. You people who fight between democrats and republicans are simply wasting the time you have been granted to live on this planet. Nothing you say will ever matter to those in power. Just live.

    April 30, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Presidents Clinton and Obama in the same room with a higher IQ than all the pathetic candidates in 2008 and 2012 and #43 put together. That includes this mutant robot who thinks that videos of him saying one thing and now saying something else are not going to continue to come up until his last campaigning minute in November.

    April 30, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Jess C

    Funny how some on here point the finger at Clinton for lying. Fact is his lie didn't kill thousands of people. "Mission Accomplished!" What a bunch of BS. Where's that outrage? The righties are so out of touch with reality all reasonable thought is gone. And I have to wonder when I hear someone say "progressive" like it's a bad thing. Give me progressive over regressive any day. GOP, we tried your policies and still have the "temporary" tax breaks that were suppose to "trickle down." Sorry, ain't working for us. You're outta here in Nov.!

    April 30, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Ann

    President Clinton, do you remember 2008?

    April 30, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Holly in CA

    Obama has a tough case to make. He's added 5 trillion to the national debt (more than any other president in history). He has a congress who refuses to balance a budget. He is printing too much money and creating hyperinflation. Unemployment is still high. More Americans are on food stamps than at any other time in history. He has allowed the corporate tax rate to remain the highest in the world causing large corporations to leave the US taking jobs with them.

    April 30, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. rob

    @Rudy NYC who said "The private sector isn't hiring. The private sector isn't buying. The private sector isn't lending."

    Why doesn't president Obama and the Dems have a plan to help the private sector? The answer for the Dems is always more Govt. The Govt cannot spend us into prosperity, nor can it creat jobs. The engine for growth in this country is free market capitalism where with the right oversight and rational regulation the private sector will lead us and the world into prosperity.

    April 30, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Mark from NYC

    I thought Clinton was a decent president. But outside of occasional supportive comments for his party, it really is beneath the dignity of the office for an ex president to partake in partisan campaigning once out of office. I don't recall Reagan doing this. I don't recall Bush I doing it. Bush II has certainly respected the protocol of not doing so. But rules don't apply to Bill Clinton. They never have. He continues to diminish himself because of it.

    April 30, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    kat, green really isn't your color. Perhaps you should stop eating so many sour grapes.

    April 30, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. WhatNow

    Diane and people like her toss out labels that they hear on news clips from biased, unreliable "news" sources. Clearly, they have no idea about communism or socialism. As for the liar, I would much rather have the economic world that President Clinton left us than the one left behind by President Bush. I am not in 3rd grade and I feel no need to call Mr. Romney any derogatory names, but I will not vote for him because I do not approve of the one thing we really know, his business practices.

    The truth is that no one really knows where Mr. Romney stands on most issues.

    April 30, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. alpg49

    Someone referred to them as "a liar and a communist". I'd like to refer to Romney as a conservative, a liberal, a moderate, a gun-control advocate, a gun-rights advocate, pro-life, pro-choice, etc... (plus the opposite of etc...). How about referring to them as 2 men with backbones?

    April 30, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Bob

    Fact check: The economic downturn was caused in part by resource depletion. To reverse this trend Mr. Romney would have to increase the supply of natural resources. Since the problem is not local, but global, it can't be done. The failure on the part of Republicans to recognize this problem was another key factor in our economic decline. The conservatives who want to go back to the good old days still don't get it. They will die believing that the wealth of a nation can be legislated and has no roots in objective reality. Such is the tragedy or our times. If the Republican get control of the government we will see deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, runaway inflation, unemployment at record highs, followed by an economic collapse that will make the great depression look like a boom period.

    April 30, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    What past are we talking about? The one where the Liberals have put Big Social Programs in place that have now Bankrupted the Country. Is that the past you are talikng about? If so we don't need Romney to do that. The Democrats are doing a bang up job. However if you are talking about Fiscal Responsibility there wasn't any with the "Inmates" running the Asylum. For 40 years the democrats had the Congress. You see where that got us. If you want more of the same, Obama's your man. And of course "Slick Willy" is still selling his Snake Oil. What do you say to a man that says, "WE COULD GIVE YOU MORE OF YOUR MONEY, BUT YOU WOULDN'T KNOW HOW TO SPEND IT" Well maybe he was right.

    April 30, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Larry L

    Presidents Clinton and Obama represent the very best of leadership for all Americans – not just the wealthy fat-cats. Together they are an incredible team!

    April 30, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Why don't the republicans come up with what they want to do and how they intend to accomplish and pay for it rather than their non-stop criticism of the President? It it because they have no plan or even a clue? I think they have no clue, ya betcha!

    April 30, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Malory Archer

    April Garlow

    Hope the pres is re-elected so all of his supporters get more of the same–unemployment, poverty and homelessness

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That'll only happen if the rethugliban maintain a majority in the house and the dems in senate are unable to get a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority. Considering the rethugliban's war on EVERYONE WHO ISN'T IN THE 1%, the dems should win quite handily. It's very telling that you want Americans to continue to suffer at the hands of your party of "NO!" What kind of treasonous monster are you – rooting for the downfall of America?

    April 30, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Ramana7

    Um, just checking but, doesn't it follow that the worst economic downturn since the great depression would take the longest to recover from since the great depression?

    And while you're contemplating that one, doesn't it also mean it takes time and that we're still dealing with the economic sins of the past? Why keep blaming Obama?

    April 30, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Four and the Door:

    Hey, Four. I read your response to Dominican mama. We are ALL Americans and it's long over due that your own party members accept this, don't you think? All that "real" America, taking our country back rhetoric has been enlightening. There's been a nonstop barrage of "pitting" one neighbor against another coming from the right. I'm not going to list the demographics because you and I both know who fits into that list - economically, race/gender, public/private. It's all well and good for you to drag out the "American" card. Trying to use it becomes the problem.

    Mitt Romney had no decision making in the Seal 6 killing of Bin Laden. He was not involved in the decisions leading up to finding OBL or the eventual capture/death of OBL - be it a life threatening attack on himself or the potential career ending decisions signaled by the go ahead. Hiding behind the proverbial bush is one thing. Not one member of the Romney family was involved, and to try and cash in with a Romney/Giuliani photo op is not only wrong, it's distasteful.

    It's what Mitt does best though. Cash in.

    April 30, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. stephen

    Bin ladin is dead general motors is alive.... thank you MR PRESIDENT !!!!
    R(MONEY) TALKING CRAP SO WE VOTING 4 BARACK !!!! WINK WINK

    April 30, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Smeagel4T

    Oh ya! Well just wait until W comes out stumping for Wall Street Mitt!!!! :-)

    April 30, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. JC in Western U.S.

    "Slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression"

    Well duh. That's because it's the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. And none of us are stupid enough to think that the GOP was doing all it could to help the recovery along. All they've done is try to make it not happen at all, so that they could blame Obama. The 2010 election of Tea Party Congressional representatives was the biggest mistake voters ever made. We won't make that one again. Ever.

    April 30, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. cajuntide

    Both partys are out of touch with the people. If you dont beleive me then why are they tring so hard to prove they are.

    April 30, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. M-AZ Independent

    Hey Blah, Blah, you are so right...Romney and crew have it all figured out and are ready jump start the economy at burn rubber speed. Oh! Not only will we have maids and butlers, we will all be able to afford world class education, and there will be peace and love in Afganistan; did I mention Iran will host the next Woodstock...

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 30, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    rob

    @Rudy NYC who said "The private sector isn't hiring. The private sector isn't buying. The private sector isn't lending."

    Why doesn't president Obama and the Dems have a plan to help the private sector? The answer for the Dems is always more Govt. The Govt cannot spend us into prosperity, nor can it creat jobs. The engine for growth in this country is free market capitalism where with the right oversight and rational regulation the private sector will lead us and the world into prosperity.
    -----------------------
    Pres. Obama does have a plan. He has a vision. The proven plans that pulled us out of the Great Depression and every past recession. You keep believing that "free market capitalism" nonsense. Do yourself a favor. Do a web search for this phrase " imperial capitalism ". It is the pinnacle of your "free market capitalism".

    When the private sector grinds to a halt, how do you get it moving again? Tax cuts for the wealthy, cut programs for the poor, cut middle class public sector jobs, and increase defense spending. Right?

    April 30, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. on StreetWise

    Bill Clinton lied, and the first lady and his daughter were embarrassed... Bush lied us into Iraq, and five thousand dead military lives, three trillion dollar wars off the books and 100 million Iraqis dead... And you want to return to the Dub'ya days? You must be insane!

    April 30, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. PJ/TX

    @Mark from NYC:
    Really, so you don't think President GHW Bush endorsing Romney is "campaigning out of office"? He's a little
    elderly to be on the campaign trail.
    And, GW Bush is not "respecting the protocol", the Republicans don't want him around to remind the rest of us
    what he did. As if we could ever forget.
    So, just because Presidents are now out of office, they still have freedom of speech, the right to campaign if
    they want to, and your premise of it being "beneath the dignity", is a bit out of the realm of reality.

    April 30, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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