Clinton: Debt deal should be top campaign issue
May 15th, 2012
01:23 PM ET
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Clinton: Debt deal should be top campaign issue

Washington (CNNMoney) – President Bill Clinton on Tuesday said those running for office should make reaching a debt deal the top campaign issue in the fall's elections.

"I think this budget issue should become front and center in this election," Clinton said on Tuesday at a fiscal summit sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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  1. cali girl

    The party of No needs to realign for what the country needs.

    May 15, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. kate

    "When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and caring a cross"
    Sinclair Lewis

    May 15, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    Only if it includes tax increases on the filthy rich and stronger regulations to stop their scams. Sorry if I don't care too much what the guy who enabled the GOBP cult's repeal of Glass-Steagall thinks

    May 15, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. John, PA

    Oh and Mr. Clinton; the Senate Democrats have produced NO BUDGET in over 3 years.

    May 15, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. judy

    ol mitt will mumble and stumble through yet another of his less than inspiring speaches blaming the president for everything from gas prices to the weather. We had a president who balanced the budget and the repos did all they could to get him impeached. Now they take credit for the balance like mitt does for the auto industry. How hard is it to see these clowns for what they are/. Their idea of a balanced budget is cut services for the poor and middleclass. Health care social security medi care and then give the rich 1% a tax break. If they arent hiring now what makes you think they wull hire later. We have bent over backwards giving breaks so the rich corporations will hire. Instead they want twice the work with half the workforce for no increase in pay. So who is getting rich here? Obama 2012

    May 15, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. kate

    This months SALT LAKE CITY MAGAZINE cover story, "The Myth of Mitt". Read it!

    May 15, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Mike

    Good luck getting Obama to agree to a single penny of actual spending cuts...

    May 15, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. gg

    don,t worry folks that trillion dollars worth of iraq oil the republicans promised is going to be unloaded at a dock near you.they have to unload there load of bull sh-t first

    May 15, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Thomas

    The banking and financial industry complained about the Banking Act of 1933 even as Congress debated it. As the Act worked its way through Congress, banks vigorously opposed it, causing some doubts about whether it would pass, especially with the provisions Carter Glass advocated that prevented banks from entering into the stock market.
    1933. Glass-Steagall Act creates new banking landscape. Following the Great Crash of 1929

    Thanks Bill ! I'm glad your not thinking with your middle leg these days !

    May 15, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @Mike: "Good luck getting Obama to agree to a single penny of actual spending cuts..."

    He already has! Boy, you righties are either incredibly dim or incredibly gullible to believe all these GOP lies!

    May 15, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. The REAL Truth...

    @Mike – "Good luck getting Obama to agree to a single penny of actual spending cuts..."
    --------------------------–
    I don't believe Obama has issues with spending cuts.. He has issues with every proposition for debt reduction from the Grand Obstructionist Party that has included additional tax cuts for the 1% (a la Ryan's budget with no way to pay for them other than to make Obama look bad), or Defense spending increases, or privatization of SS, etc....
    These alternatives are present by the GOBP with FULL KNOWLEDGE that they are NOT ACCEPTABLE to the other side. It's political grandstanding at its worst...

    May 15, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    As we have already learned from the GSA, the federal government has already cut to the bare bone. There just isn;t anymore that can be cut without starving kids and old people.

    May 15, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    What should be front and center is how republicans held the economy hostage last year, and the year before that. What needs to be the center of discussion i the obstruction going on in Congress. Vote the GOP OUT!!!

    May 15, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Larry L

    The Party of No has one goal – defeat of President Obama and control of our government by the fat-cats who run the GOP. One look at the record of the Republicans in the Senate and this is abundantly clear to anybody with a brain.

    May 15, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Budget issue??? What budget issue??? Democrats have already gotten the solution from their socialist buddy in France. All we need is a 75% tax rate for people stupid enough to work. That will fix the "budget issue". Now please get to work, the government needs their 75%.

    May 15, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Wake up people

    These idiotic voters don't give a ish. All they want is the uumm black guy out of the white house. They are willing to sell their souls to the devil just so this happens. Anyone with a 3rd grade education knows the Presidency is not a dictatorship, that it's a democracy and the POTUS and Congress have to work together. They also know this Congress has had one goal since being elected and that is to make President Obama a one termer. They also know the rethugs are completely going against the POTUS and the people, but that's alright, as long as the uumm black folks vacate the white house.

    Go ahead, vote in a proven liar that is going to do nothing but make him and his fat cat friends even richer, while your dumb azzes get poorer. Just so you know when they make the cuts and take away any help for the poor, that means you too. Not just minorities.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 15, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    @BEND Forward – "As we have already learned from the GSA, the federal government has already cut to the bare bone. There just isn;t anymore that can be cut without starving kids and old people."
    ----------------
    and you are not blaming Obama for that ?? Wow.. I guess Obama's reducing the size of Govt by some 273,000 is an inconvenient truth for the GOP. Of course, you probably just complain about the job loss. How hypocritical of the Party of less Govt...

    May 15, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    He's right. The Republicans have already reneged on last summer's debt deal at least twice. Once during the super committee hearings, and more recently passing legislation changing the mandatory spending cuts to Defense.

    Republicans are simply stalling and hoping that they can win control of the Senate, so that then they can implement the mandatory one trilliion in cuts helter skelter as they see fit.

    May 15, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. PJ/Tx

    "There just isn't anymore that can be cut without starving kids and old people"
    ***
    Except, of course, the Defense Budget, and finding revenue to offset the cuts that really do "starve" children and
    old people, not to mention their health care benefits. Do you want to vote for people whose allegiance is to
    Norquist and Koch, or do you want someone whose allegiance is to America.

    May 15, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    ThinkAgain wrote:

    @Mike: "Good luck getting Obama to agree to a single penny of actual spending cuts..."
    He already has! Boy, you righties are either incredibly dim or incredibly gullible to believe all these GOP lies!
    --------------
    No, they are just incredibly stubborn. They have their own narrative and they stick to it, truth be damned. History is written by the victors, and they feel pre-ordained to ultimate victory.

    May 15, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    @ John, PA

    if the BEST the GOP can come up with is the Ryan Budget plan then I hope they take another 3 years to for the Dems to make a plan.

    May 15, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |