Clinton, Obama headline Virginia fund-raiser
April 29th, 2012
09:29 PM ET
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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. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "Are you really that blinded to the rhetoric and hate-mongering coming from the more liberal part of the Democratic party?"

    Please give us some examples of that rhetoric and hatemongering, because right now most of that all seems to be coming from your GOBP cult.

    April 30, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Dean

    Joanna

    obama should listen to whatever clinton has to say. after all, clinton balanced the budget during his tenure!

    ---------------–You mean Newt and a Republican congress balanced the budget during Clinton's presidency.

    April 30, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Bleh1964

    Funny how people keep citing all Obama has done. We have jobs? Really, why do i see so many college graduates unable to find them, or high school graduates for that matter. Bill Clinton? Really? They idiot who enacted the NAFTA agreement, paving the way for all of our jobs to be outsourced? Wow, must be some STRONG kool-aid and special tin-foil helmets being worn by lefties these days.

    April 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Jason

    Maybe Bush can start cam-paining with RoBmey as a reply to this! Christians voted for Bush what did they get...$4+ a gallon at the pumps and elimination of Iraqi christians(yes their blood is on your hands) Bush brought the misery of war to America just like he brought untoild misery to innocent Iraqis. what for ...so that Cheney can make a few billions more! Now we have the god syndrome Robmey I hope that if you decide to vote for him be ready to answer to God, at the end of your social security fiesta you are. I cannot in good conscience vote for a plunderer that plundered the pensions of thousands of workers before firing them.

    April 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Iconoclast

    Frankly I keep hoping Obama will dump Biden and put Hillary of the ticket as VP. I think she would literally beat the crap out of congress and help to push through the legislation Obama needs. Would be a very powerful combo. Biden on the other hand still hasn't demonstarted any value as far as I'm concerned.

    April 30, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Jarek

    Since the President and Mitt both have taken up to using dogs in their campaigns, let me introduce you to a concept that I first tried to sell to Ansell some 15 years ago to be used for a condom advert.

    "Mans best friend from a dog's point of view"

    Here is our best friend telling us, "hey I'm not your best friend, the condom is your best friend". This is from a dog's point of view, and dogs see in black and white, which is clear and unambigieous". A nice play on words...

    So here President Obama, you have my suport, and you may use my add concept and call your self, "Men's best friend, from a dog's point of view".

    J. Sliwinski

    April 30, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Dean

    judith

    +Bill Clinton is absolutely correct. The modern day uber-right wing GOP wants to drag us all back to 1900. No thank you!

    Life in 1900 sounds better than life today. At least there was hope.

    As 1900 opened, society reflected — much as we did with the turn of 2000. "What did the 1800s bring us?" they asked. "What have we achieved, where are we going?" It was a time for looking back to a century of rapid transformation and looking forward to the changes still to come.

    Americans were optimistic in 1900. For most of them, life was better materially than it had ever been. This was a time of prosperity — a new materialism, available leisure time, and vacations for the emerging middle class appeared. America was now the world's most affluent country. Access to electricity, automobiles, and indoor plumbing was not widespread, but most people felt that such conveniences were just a matter of time.

    For every American, including the working class, there was "possibility." Anything was possible in America. This was the place of the self-made man, the American Dream, "rags to riches."

    April 30, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Pedro

    "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."

    Republicans created the greatest recession since the Great Depression. So it's not surprising it's taking years to fill in their hole.

    Give them another shot and they might even be able to top the Great Depression.

    April 30, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -ID Spud

    @I'm Outta Here,

    "....not everyone is as mean spirited as the Republicans'. Wow, what an interesting perspective you have! Do you really believe that it's only the Republicans that are mean-spirited? Are you really that blinded to the rhetoric and hate-mongering coming from the more liberal part of the Democratic party? Are you also blind to the "rich" connections that are aligned with the Democratic party?
    ****************************************************************************
    Funny, I always thought the righties worshipped the Golden Calf.....We could go back and forth about which side is more hateful: bottom line is that Obama is the president, and the GOP has done everything in their power to demonize the man and prevent the country from moving forward even when the solutions he's offering are things they have supported. If the left seems mean, its because the Right is being called out for what they are.

    April 30, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Dean

    judith

    +Bill Clinton is absolutely correct. The modern day uber-right wing GOP wants to drag us all back to 1900. No thank you!

    Judith at least in 1900 there was hope and the U.S. was leading the world.
    As 1900 opened, society reflected — much as we did with the turn of 2000. "What did the 1800s bring us?" they asked. "What have we achieved, where are we going?" It was a time for looking back to a century of rapid transformation and looking forward to the changes still to come.

    Americans were optimistic in 1900. For most of them, life was better materially than it had ever been. This was a time of prosperity — a new materialism, available leisure time, and vacations for the emerging middle class appeared. America was now the world's most affluent country. Access to electricity, automobiles, and indoor plumbing was not widespread, but most people felt that such conveniences were just a matter of time.

    For every American, including the working class, there was "possibility." Anything was possible in America. This was the place of the self-made man, the American Dream, "rags to riches."

    April 30, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Jarek

    Since the President and Mitt both have taken up to using dogs in their campaigns, let me introduce you to a concept that I first tried to sell to Ansell some 15 years ago to be used for a condom advert. The world was not ready for the concept then, it is now.

    "Mans best friend from a dog's point of view"

    Here is our best friend telling us, "hey I'm not your best friend, the condom is your best friend". This is from a dog's point of view, and dogs see in black and white, which is clear and unambigieous". A nice play on words...

    So here President Obama, you have my suport, and you may use my add concept and call your self, "Men's best friend, from a dog's point of view"

    April 30, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. TWO AND THEY'RE THROUGH

    You would have to be a brain dead idiot to ever vote for a Republican. No more teabaggers!

    April 30, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. NOVA703

    Bush gave us two unfunded wars and tax cuts. Now Romney wants to give even bigger tax cuts to the wealthy and put the burden on the backs of the middle class. If you are not in the top 1% and you vote for Romney you are voting against your own self interests.

    April 30, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Ilya

    @Dean,,,spot on. But the liberals on here have drank too much koolaide to be bothered with pesky things like the real facts.

    April 30, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. johnny popper

    Does Slick Willy feel a Morman who's good with moeny is going to be up to the task of never balancing the budget and constantly taking on trillions of public debt to operate like he, bush Jr. and Obama have done "for" us....as public servants and "stewards?" Talk about some hipocricy going around....the only thing missing was Pelosi, Reid and I AM A Durbin.

    Liked all three as persons, but all three never got the financial side of it and we can't afford to have attorneys in who don't get the impact of thier spending. No longer have the luxury to overcome their failures. Never liked having to do so personalyl but the nation likes comics and these three are comics.

    April 30, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. johnny popper

    Long live the Tea Party!!

    April 30, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Omar Dice

    ‎I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate March 21, 1983 as Afghanistan Day.

    The tragedy of Afghanistan continues as the valiant and courageous Afghan freedom fighters [The Taliban] persevere in standing up against the brutal power of the Soviet invasion and occupation. The resistance of the Afghan freedom fighters is an example to all the world of the invincibility of the ideals we in this country hold most dear, the ideals of freedom and independence.
    The Afghan people are struggling to reclaim their freedom, which was taken from them when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979.

    In Facts, 10. Reagan helped create the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. Reagan fought a proxy war with the Soviet Union by training, arming, equipping, and funding Islamist mujahidin fighters in Afghanistan. Reagan funneled billions of dollars, along with top-secret intelligence and sophisticated weaponry to these fighters through the Pakistani intelligence service. The Talbian and Osama Bin Laden — a prominent mujahidin commander — emerged from these mujahidin groups Reagan helped create, and U.S. policy towards Pakistan remains strained because of the intelligence services’ close relations to these fighters. In fact, Reagan’s decision to continue the proxy war after the Soviets were willing to retreat played a direct role in Bin Laden’s ascendancy.

    Message to ALL GOP.. Reagan and the Taliban. Neocons either conveniently forget that or are just too stupid to know better!!...

    April 30, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. skytag

    There are two problems with the standard Republican criticism of Obama's record on the economy:

    First, Republicans have done everything they could to block Obama from implementing his policies and filling a number of economic appointments. If they wanted to blame him for not fixing the economy they should have given him a free hand so they could legitimately say he tried his way and it didn't work. But they didn't do that. They tied his hands every chance they got, so if his half-implemented policies didn't work Republicans must share some of the blame.

    Second, their criticism is based on the unproven premise that different policies would have the economy in a significantly different place today. It's nice to have scapegoats, but what evidence is there that different policies, would have been noticeably more effective? Obviously that's what Republicans will claim, but there is no evidence to support that claim. It's just what they want people to believe so they can get elected. None of the fundamental challenges to economic growth right now are addressed by any Republican proposals.

    April 30, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Marcus

    Dean – 'You mean Newt and a Republican congress balanced the budget during Clinton's presidency'?
    Oh please!!! Remember when all Federal parks and monuments (and much more else) had to shut down for a few days?
    Until Clinton agreed to accept a few 'trickle-down' stuff in the budget (sponsored by guess who? Gingrich and his 'contract' followers), the Congresss would NOT make any budget whatsoever.
    So Clinton agreed (again) with the GOP's propositions on HIS budget and the USA's Federal admisnistration went back to work...
    Now what was the impact of Gingrich & Co.'s ideas in the balancing of the budget?
    CBO says NADA! ZERO! RIENS DE RIENS!
    You say that it has most of the credit.
    I say 'I prefer CBO's opinion'.

    April 30, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. gar

    @Ilya... reactionaries live in a world of fantasy and delusion, and never let "the real facts" get in the way of their propaganda.

    April 30, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Ilya

    @Another Day in the Idiot Mines
    "Are you really that blinded to the rhetoric and hate-mongering coming from the more liberal part of the Democratic party?"
    Please give us some examples of that rhetoric and hatemongering, because right now most of that all seems to be coming from your "GOBP cult".
    ---------------------------------
    Hypocrit much? Virtually every post on here by a liberal is full of vitriol and "hatemongering," and very little in the way of real facts.

    April 30, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Chipster

    @DC Observer: FYI: Bush inherited a budget surplus of about $250 billion and a $5.6 trillion debt. He left the office with a debt of $11.5 trillion. The Iraq & Afghanistan Wars are costing approx. $150 billion per year. Bush's unfunded Medicare Part D program costs approx. $80 billion/yr, the Bush tax cuts cost middle class taxpayers approx. $130 billion/yr. That's $1.4 trillion of Obama's costs for 4 years for just those 3 items, minus whatever was saved when Obama ended the Iraq War as he promised to do. So, when people say that Bush is the cause of much of the current spending, it's because he is. Now, you may say that some of those cost are justified but, regardless, it is spending and revenue loss inherited from Bush's spending. The facts are what they are.

    April 30, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. so mitt wants to return to economics of bush the second . . .

    Repeating something and expecting a different outcome is the diffinition of insanity . . .

    April 30, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. fugislalcla

    New Republican strategy:when President/his campaign hits them fair and hard , yell 'beneath presidential dignity'.

    April 30, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. ex-President Clinton is campaigning with President Obama. I wonder if . . .

    ex-President Bush the second is going to campaing with Romney . . .

    April 30, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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