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. Mslisa

    Who cares what Bill has to say. Maybe if he had kept his little bird in his pants he could had some type of respect... At least Romeny treats his wife like a 1st Lady. Go hide somewhere Bill with your low class behind doors life.

    April 30, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. rob

    Rudy

    It took ten years to get out of the great depression, most of that time was spent with the wrong policies from FDR. The last really big recession was the late 70"s and early 80's( 10% unemployment, 10% inflation, 18% interest rates and tax rates of 50 to 60%). It was the policies of Ronald Regan together with the Fed and DEMS in Congress that started the great recovery that eventually brought down deficits and brought about huge increases in the economy and jobs.

    He's been in office for 31/2 years, what is President Obama's plan??? and his vision???

    April 30, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. ARMYCSM

    Onr thing for sure and it shall come to past, Mitt Romney and the republican't are singing the same old tunes. They are not good to the ears anymore.

    April 30, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. alyarby

    Wow, from the most trusted name yada yada yada, yet ANOTHER pro Obama piece. What a surprise. In the tank for Barack Hussein Obama. And the stupidity on this forum is beyond belief. Kittens lapping milk, that's all I see. Kittens, milk, lap away.

    April 30, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Brian

    Grive's got it right. Most uninformed Americans thinks all the problems should be solved overnight. It took roughly a decade of bad policies and decisions to help with the economic collapse. The fear in a Romney Presidency is that he will look to liquidate certain sectors of our economy, and farm out parts of our federal government to the private sector. Imagine if the private sector was in charge of your entire retirement and healthcare, when it hit the fan in 2008. You would have NOTHING. So while Obama may not be the greatest President ever, he's been competent, fair, and realistic in the direction the country should be headed.

    April 30, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Less-Spin Please

    Apparently Clinton is embracing the fairy tale.

    April 30, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Obama supporter turned Romney supporter

    After four years Obama has let us down. Why didnt he do what he promised....im so sad. Romney at least seems like he has a track record to work with both sides and get stuff done. Obama....why are you dividing? leaders need to unite the masses to be great....

    April 30, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. mart

    Hillery friends will have to blast out the hidden news aabut Obama's lawer (court in NJ) admission that Oama's long form is a forgery, before it is too late for her to replace Obama at the convention – else the whole democratic structure will fall together. However knowing this may have prompted Obama to move the F-22 force to the UAR in an about face to Israel, giving them the go ahead. The Iranian retaliation will provide Obama his opportunity, in respons to grid and bio terror attacks in U. S. , to declare martial law, cancelling the elections.

    April 30, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. elvisg

    If 9/11 happened on Obama's watch instead of W's watch the Republicans would have started impeachment hearings. And FoxNews would have been relentless ...

    April 30, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. ARMYCSM

    One thing for sure and it shall come to past, Mitt Romney and the republican't are singing the same old tunes. They are not good to the ears anymore.

    April 30, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    The slow drip, drip, drip....W,W,W. Then flash his cute lil' picture in his cute lil' flight suit, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. That ought to be good for a few thousand undecided votes in Swing States.

    April 30, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Guess What

    lets look at obamas record, more people on unemployment, more people on foodstamps, gasoline doubles in price, no shovel ready jobs, states are bankrupt, illegal immigration overtakes all, racism runs ramped in America and we call this a good record, if he worked for a busines he would hear the words You Are Fired. Obama the Waste of America.

    April 30, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    You're welcome to return a more ... um, Fair and Balanced news source if CNN isn't your cup of tea.

    April 30, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. YoursIsNoDisgrace

    Keep tellen the truth on em Bill!

    April 30, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. sayer

    The Repugs are just jealous President Obama has an ex-president to campaign with him. They will try to turn that into a negative too...

    April 30, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. ID Spud

    It is fruitless, and childish really, to argue about which President is responsible for destroying this country. If you truly understand the role and influence of the House and Senate, then we can start to argue about the source of what is destroying this country. Look at which party has been in control of these chambers over the years, and not necessarily which party is currently in power/control at any one time. The current logic being used in placing blame for who is responsible for our country’s ills is embarrassing, and it speaks volumes as to the general education level of the populace.
    The argument that simply throwing more money toward education will fix our educational problems is extremely short sighted. We already pay more per pupil than any other country. The true source of the problems we face with education lies in gross mismanagement and application of existing funds. Overhead and administrative costs are too exorbitant. There are too many poor performing teachers, and too many good teachers are not being rewarded for their efforts.

    April 30, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Pat F

    Bill Clinton was right the first time – the Obama "presidency" is the biggest fairy tale ever.

    April 30, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. FED up

    Obama will miss err force one. Awwww

    April 30, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Tim

    This would be funny if it wasn't so tragic. Bill Clinton is the person most at fault for the economic crisis that Obama has deepened. When Clinton forced banks to make loans to people who couldn't pay them back, he started all this. Remember how he threatened to send Janet Reno after any bank who wouldn't make these loans. The housing crisis is at the core of this recession, and obama's lunatic policies are keeping the economy from coming back.

    April 30, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. KJ

    Fox news and right wing radio has their followers completely brainwashed at this point. They actually think that we're still in a recession and things are getting worse when the opposite is true. Numbers and trends are clear as day and they don't lie. Obama needs to forget trying to convince members of the republican cult and focus on dems and picking up the independents who still live in reality.

    April 30, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. sjlucas

    What I don't think the GOP gets is that even a "slow growing" economy is better than an economy that was collapsing so fast nobody knew where the bottom was (which is what the President inherited from the previous GOP Administration). The GOP is wrong in looking to the past. This is no longer the 1950's. America can't compete with the same game plan that we had back then and win. The game has changed. The Democrats are at least offering options for solutions, while the GOP is just offering the same lame policies that go us into this mess to start with.

    April 30, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    rob wrote on page 5:

    ....It was the policies of Ronald Regan together with the Fed and DEMS in Congress that started the great recovery that eventually brought down deficits and brought about huge increases in the economy and jobs. ....
    --------------------
    Ronald Reagan didn't strive to work with anyone except for his special interests. Ronald Reagan was economic disaster, but conservatives insist on painting a very different picture. His fiscal policies caused two self inflicted recessions on the US economy.

    Comparing the Great Bush Recession to any recession over the past 60 years is nonsense. Not since the Great Depression has an economic downturn and recession hit all major segments of the economy. The past 60 years has seen a number of recessions that were caused by primarily one industry or sector; housing, airlines, auto makers, etc.

    The Great Bush Recession hit all segments of the economy across the board hard. The Bush tax policies encouraged manufacturers to move their facilities oversease, which reduced total manufacturing jobs from 19 million to 11 million between 2001 and 2008. We did not have a single sector of our economy that was strong capable in 2009.

    April 30, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. CitizenAJ

    The Romney campaign, every comment they make is about the slow recovery and jobs rate. If, IF, big IF, Romney wins the Presidency, one wonders if jobs will increase and the economy will do better because of policies that the President put in place or policies that Romney will enact? I have had no agency or organization come out and give glowing support to the Romney economic and jobs growth plans. However, we see jobs being created and the jobless rate go down under the current President. Not fast enough, but that is not his fault. Some jobs are lost forever because it is cheaper to "assemble" your smart phone in China than here, which adds to the smart phone maker's bottom-line and makes your smart phone more affordable to you. Just saying . . .

    April 30, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Reggie from LA

    @Obama supporter turned Romney supporter
    You go right ahead and sniffle and whine about what you, like other weak kneed dems, didn't GET. Fall right into the arms of the reason that Obama wasn't able to fulfill many of the objectives he's had so far as president. You're either not attentive or you're a troll. Either way, go ahead and vote your conscience. We don't need to hear about it.

    April 30, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Jim Hahn

    This fall is going to be experience vs. clueless. Leadership or the same policies that got us into the worst economic mess since the Depression. Doesn't seem like a difficult choice, but the me first crowd seems to like clueless.

    April 30, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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