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. Bender

    Dean

    The Mess and how Obama inherited it
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    More excuses from the people who idolize Obama. The worst recovery in recorded history and 3.5 years later he is still blaming Bush. These are the same people when the teacher calls home and says Johnny did not turn in his homework its the teachers fault. Its sad and patheitc but such is the state of the Obama sheep.

    April 30, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -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."
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    Depends on which segment of society you belonged to. Plessy vs Ferguson had made "seperate but equal " racial status a reality for the next 60+ years. Women could not vote. No ability to organize, wretched working conditions, appalling poverty that was the symbol of the most unequal wealth distribution in our history, outdoing even the current standard.. Oh yes, there was hope, if you were white, male, Protestant.....sounds like the TP/ GOP alright. Clinton nailed it. We have rapid transofrmation as well, but its a regression, not a progression the GOP is advocating.

    April 30, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Wake up people

    @Dean. So you are talking about white Americans right? Because in 1900 blacks or no other minority had any rights. But that's what the rethugs want isn't it? We minorities have gotten too big for our britches huh? Imagine us wanting to be treated as equals with equal opportunities and civil rights?? Typical.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 30, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. OrangePekoe

    This is NOT the slowest recovery since the Great Depression, not to mention that it was 8 years of GOP rule that screwed up the economy to begin with. Obama HAS spent his time in office trying to clean up the problems caused by Bush and his cronies, including getting out of a foolish unwinnable war in Iraq and finding Osama bin Laden, something Bush gave up on pretty much when he became obsessed with Iraq.

    April 30, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Chipster

    "George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH." This just reveals how selective informaiton can paint a false picture.

    Seriously? During Bush's 8 years in office, the private sector actually lost a total of 653,000 jobs. The job gain of 1.09 million was due an increase in governement jobs. In the final 4 months of the Bush Administration, 1.9 million jobs were lost.

    23 million new jobs were created during the Clinton Administration but please realize that 9/11 knocked the nation off its axis for quite a while.

    April 30, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Bender

    Dean

    The Mess and how Obama inherited it
    ___________________________
    More excuses from the people who idolize Obama. The worst recovery in recorded history and 3.5 years later he is still blaming Bush. These are the same people when the teacher calls home and says Johnny did not turn in his homework its the teachers fault. Its sad and patheitc but such is the state of the Obama sheep.
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    Funny, you strike me as that type. The GOP has done nothing to aid this recovery, but they sure as hell have manufactured crisis after crisis in an effort to bring him down. I have never seen a group of people who are so intent on burning down the house they are in, all the while convicing themselves they are actually preserving it. And do you really think your failed 1 term governor has any idea what to do? Not a chance. He has not clue, no plan, not core, nothing.He is nothing more than a bored aristocrat who wants a new toy.

    April 30, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Dean, thanks for your long-winded, overblown nonsense proving once again that defective rightwing minds do not know the difference between correlation and causation. And Fannie Freddie did not cause the market crash. Wall Street did.

    April 30, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Ilya

    @Wake up people
    @Dean. So you are talking about white Americans right? Because in 1900 blacks or no other minority had any rights. But that's what the rethugs want isn't it? We minorities have gotten too big for our britches huh? Imagine us wanting to be treated as equals with equal opportunities and civil rights?? Typical.
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    Way to take something out of context. Have you taken a look in the whitehouse lately??? Typical liberal with standing around with your hand out.

    April 30, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Larry L

    @Bender

    Dean

    The Mess and how Obama inherited it
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    More excuses from the people who idolize Obama.
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    More delusion from the side who created the mess, worked to obstruct progress, and never manned-up to the responsibility for Bush's cut & spend economy. You folks simply "pretend" George Bush never existed and you never voted for him – twice!

    April 30, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. OCDemVoter

    That's a nice picture of both strong-willed President's. Obama 2012

    April 30, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. FLIndependent

    @Dean who claims that the Dems are responsible for the Recession since they took over Congress in 2007.
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    I seem to recall that Bush had a record number of vetoes from 2007-2008 so that would mean that any legislation (or spending as you want to call it) from the Dems was knocked down by Bush and did not become law. So then, how can you say that it was the Dem's legislation that caused the crash in 2008 – not so! Maybe if the Dems had gotten their legislation through we wouldn't have had the 2008 debaucle and we wouldn't be in the mess we're in. If it wasn't for the Dems passing what legislation they could in 2009 before they lost a filibuster majority in the Senate I believe we would be in much worse shape and there probably would be no recovery currently.

    April 30, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "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."

    Speak for yourself and stop projecting your own failings. Many of us are quite focused on "real facts", which you GOBP cult members flee like vampires from a cross. If you want to see a real hypocrite, look in the mirror. And at least try to give an honest answer to my question with real examples. Oh yeah, and posts on CNN are not equivalent to the GOBP's hatespeech from its leaders, and the rightwing noise machine. More proof defective rightwing minds don't understand how to make valid comparisons.

    April 30, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "The worst recovery in recorded history and 3.5 years later he is still blaming Bush."

    There are two reasons Bush can and should be mentioned this election season. First, our economic and deficit problems are a direct result of the failed policies pushed by Bush and your GOBP cult. Second, no one in you cult has renounced or otherwise acknowledged those policies are proven failures and must be replaced by better ideas. To make things worse, Rmoney is little more than GWB 2, minus the compassion and public speakings skills. If the GOBP cult doesn't want an election based on Bush, it should be distancing itself from Bush's policies, not nominating another spoiled rich kid with daddy issues, trickle down wet dreams and a bunch of neocon pals.

    April 30, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. RightyTighty

    What Bill Clinton needs to remember that it was in fact HIS policy of forcing the banks to loan money to anyone to buy a home whether they could pay for it or not. It was his program and he should accept the credit for starting the housing bubble. Now to blame the Republicans for our current situation is a lie when Slick Willy was there at the start. I see that this is the normal operating procedure for the Democratic party though, lie distort and discredit the opposition.

    April 30, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Lando

    The Republibans are in denial....
    Truth hurts....isn't..
    Your policies destroyed lives and possessions of so many people. Four years is too short to forget the pain and
    sufferings and we don't want history to repeat itself too soon....

    April 30, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -RightyTighty

    What Bill Clinton needs to remember that it was in fact HIS policy of forcing the banks to loan money to anyone to buy a home whether they could pay for it or not. It was his program and he should accept the credit for starting the housing bubble. Now to blame the Republicans for our current situation is a lie when Slick Willy was there at the start. I see that this is the normal operating procedure for the Democratic party though, lie distort and discredit the opposition.
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    Wrong again, boyo. It was part of legislation that Phil Gramm shoved through the Senate that blurred the line between savings and commercial banks, thus opening the floodgates for the sub-prime mortgages. This is all part of the de-reg mania that was encouraged by the Righties, so please don't try to blame this on Clinton. Banks lent people money based on the idea the jobs boom would keep going: they got hoisted on their own petard, and teh best friends the banks ever had was Senator Phil Gramm from TX. He's the architect of the easy credit and bad lending procedures that led to the Housing Bubble.

    April 30, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ilya

    @Wake up people
    @Dean. So you are talking about white Americans right? Because in 1900 blacks or no other minority had any rights. But that's what the rethugs want isn't it? We minorities have gotten too big for our britches huh? Imagine us wanting to be treated as equals with equal opportunities and civil rights?? Typical.
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    Way to take something out of context. Have you taken a look in the whitehouse lately??? Typical liberal with standing around with your hand out.
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    Typical conservative, yammering on without understanding what the original thread was about. The original thread tried to make the 1890s into an idyllic time. Read a real history book and find out if it was great if you were anything but white, male, and Protestant. BTW, with a name like Ilya, they would have deported you given half the opportunity.

    April 30, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. FLIndependent

    "What Bill Clinton needs to remember that it was in fact HIS policy of forcing the banks to loan money to anyone to buy a home whether they could pay for it or not. It was his program and he should accept the credit for starting the housing bubble. Now to blame the Republicans for our current situation is a lie when Slick Willy was there at the start. I see that this is the normal operating procedure for the Democratic party though, lie distort and discredit the opposition."
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    The Repubs had full control from 2000-2006 so they could have easily overturned any housing legislation implemented under President Clinton. I swear you Repubs must have all taken the same memory loss drug that erased those years in your minds.

    April 30, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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