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. Honest Right Guy

    I thought the NASDAQ collapsed 80% on Bill's watch?

    April 30, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. TONY

    @former democrat and diane you are both both paid bloggers by the rethuglikkklan party no one in their right minds whether dems or rep will vote republican this election cycle obstructionist,party of no values, knowledge nothing to offer but the same failed policies for the last 30years.

    April 30, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. TheDudeAbides

    I wonder if line of succession prevents Bill Clinton from holding a Cabinet post? I assume Hillary will leave at some point in the near future to begin her campaign for 016.

    April 30, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    BREAKING NEWS: In other economic news, recent studies have shown that the emerging economies in eastern Asia are experiencing an epidemic of "worker deaths". The cause of these deaths have been attributed to lack of safety and environmental regulations.

    This is a true news story that was released today.

    April 30, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. ART

    The Rethuglicans think the President is politicising the death of Bin Laden. The truth hursts doesn't it ? Maybe they can use the fact that we were attacked on our soil during the first term of Bushes Presidency to balance it out. So in other words you can get with this or you can get with that (competence or incompetence) you decide.

    April 30, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Namejeff israel

    Maybe Romney can get W to appear at a fundraiser with him. LOL.

    April 30, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Senor Ed

    Republican Strategy: Do everything we possibly can so the economy doesn't recover and blame Obama.

    April 30, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. angryed

    I wonder if Clinton is referring to a time before we had over 100% debt to GDP ratio....I am all for that !

    April 30, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "I wonder if line of succession prevents Bill Clinton from holding a Cabinet post? "
    --------–
    Yes, it does. He cannot hold a cabinet position.

    April 30, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia) actually wrote on page 3:

    ....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. ...
    -------------------
    Democrats kept us out of trouble. Republicans have no shame, no morals and fiscal responsibility. Ronald Reagan is still the record holder for lack of fiscal discipline. During his first term Reagan, tripled the national debt, and multiplied the annual deficit by a factor of 10.

    In today's numbers, if Reagan would have taken office in 2008, we would looking at an annual deficit of $7 trillion and a national debt of $30 trillion. The Romney/Ryan Plan wants to implement the same types of policies.

    April 30, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. ST

    Why is "W" not coming out and campaign together with Romney??? The answer is: he dismantled the economy, he spoiled the good reputation of US, he initiated unnecessary wars. Romney knows it, every American knows it and the entire world knows it.

    April 30, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. CNNuthin

    "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. But it is a recovery. From "other folks' messes." Specifically George W Bush, The entire "make-Obama-a-one-termer" Republican party and....maybe there are a few others but that covers the majority. Working with one of the toughest uphill battles in recent history, Obama is doing better than could be expected. Unless you expect him to turn water into wine, heal the sick and change his nationality. Seriously, someone tell these old-moneygrubbing windbags to step down and stop making the country suffer because their "party" almost destroyed this country.

    April 30, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Treylor

    Obama is too devisive and inexperienced to fix this mess. The economy, high unemployment, the deficit, no budget, high gas prices, record numbers on welfare, school dropout rates, and for the first time in American history parents believe their children will not have it as good as they do. Time to try something new before it's really too late.

    April 30, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. gg

    That's the accomplishments and the records of this president....Excellent video...I love it!

    April 30, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. grive

    problem with america is we are a fastfood nation. we think things can be fixed over night. if mitt romney does get elected president. the same people will still be complaing about how the economy hasnt improved. things take time. if you really want the economy to improve start looking at the labels on the things you buy. good example is buck knives moved to china. know they are moving back because of sales and shipping costs. when you buy american your buying into your own country.

    April 30, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Anonymous

    @Rudy:
    BREAKING NEWS: In other economic news, recent studies have shown that the emerging economies in eastern Asia are experiencing an epidemic of "worker deaths". The cause of these deaths have been attributed to lack of safety and environmental regulations.

    This is a true news story that was released today.
    -------------------–

    I wonder if we'll ever really know how much Mitt Romney has invested in China? I suspect his reluctance to turn over his past tax filings and John McCain's reluctance to add Romney as his VP go hand in hand. Just my opinion, mind you.

    April 30, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. WhatNow

    Rudy NYC...Funny how that works. You would think that the employers of these people would be taking care of their workers because it's the right thing to do. Apparently, trusting companies to do the right thing instead of just considering profit has failed. Sorry, but this is only one example of why regulations are necessary.

    April 30, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Since President Obama has taked office in 2009, the wealthy republican establishment has been boasting that they have all the economic cloust and know how to economic growth! Really? You mean the kinds of economic know how that resulted in our economy crashing? O' sure, for three years the GOP and its establishment have been arguing that the economy crashed under the leadership of a democratic controlled congress! Really? Well, this is a very important election year so let's get all the facts straight! The GOP controlled both the House and Senate from 2002 to 2006 at which time they also controlled the executive branch! The Democrats won the midterm elections in November 2006 and didn't take control of the House and Senate until January of 2007! So can you really convince any educated American that the Democrats crashed the economy when all the GOP's ineffective and misguided policies were still in effect? Let's face it, nothing the Democratic controlled congress did for a few months in 2007 could have crashed our economy overnight! Therefore, it means the culprit is the four years of failed and misguided policies passed by the GOP and GWB when they were in charge! Obama/Biden 2012!

    April 30, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Justin

    @theduseabides

    He can hold a cabinet position, but the line of succession will skip over him.

    April 30, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Squigman

    It would be a shame to turn this office over to the party that ruined the economy, and the country from 2000-to-2008, If it happens, don't cry about the outcome. Suck it up, and take your medicine. You deserve all that happens to you. Try to cry on my shoulder, and you'll be laughed at.

    April 30, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. ruemorgue

    Vote Plutocratic!
    Vote Romney!

    April 30, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. tumbleweed

    The 2010 election of Tea Party Congressional representatives was the biggest mistake voters ever made. We won't make that one again. Ever.

    How true! The Tea Party of Traitors not real patriots.

    April 30, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. noel

    poor bill, just jealous that he can't get any more interns under the desk in the oval office!!!
    OBAMANOS!!!

    April 30, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. buttermybuttandcallmeabiscuit

    From 2001-2008, the Republicans were in complete control of the government. We were hit with the worse terrorist attack on American soil, engaged in TWO wars that were not paid for, suffered the worse economic meltdown since the Great Depression with zero (net) job creation, and THEY CALL OBAMA A FAILURE?

    April 30, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. GOP ESP

    The GOP is going as fast as they can in reverse, however, the car was made to go forward. The car handles better in forward instead of reverse.

    April 30, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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