Romney jabs Obama-Clinton relationship
May 15th, 2012
04:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney jabs Obama-Clinton relationship

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney jabbed his Democratic rival Barack Obama Tuesday over the president's complicated relationship with one of his party's leading political dynasties: the Clintons.

The presumptive GOP nominee told an Iowa audience that Obama had ignored former President Bill Clinton's 1996 declaration that "the era of big government is over."

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"President Obama tucked away the Clinton doctrine in his large drawer of discarded ideas, along with transparency and bipartisanship," Romney said. "It's enough to make you wonder if maybe it was a personal beef with the Clintons."

Romney's insinuation of bad blood between Obama and the Clintons was not an off-the-cuff remark, but part of a formal speech the candidate read from a teleprompter in a Des Moines hotel ballroom.

Obama and then-Sen. Hillary Clinton battled through an acrimonious Democratic primary in 2008. However, the election year ended with Clinton accepting a job as secretary of state in Obama's cabinet.

Former President Clinton and Obama occasionally tangled during that primary as well, with the former president calling Obama's claim of being a stronger opponent of the Iraq war than Hillary Clinton "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen."

In April, the Romney campaign sought to capitalize on past disagreements between the two men, and sent reporters a collection of news stories documenting the insults Obama and Clinton had traded during the 2008 campaign.

But the former president told donors this year at an April fund-raiser that Obama "deserves to be re-elected" and, in an Obama campaign online video, lauded the president's decision to order the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound.


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    But the former president told donors this year at an April fund-raiser that Obama "deserves to be re-elected"
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    Luckily the American people get to make this decision and not some Democrat hack. It appears Clinton wants to reward failure with another term in office. Problem is the country can't take four more years of Obama failure.

    May 15, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    This, after accepting an endorsement from W? Really? What poll told him to go do that?

    May 15, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Spockish

    From 2001-2009, as they were nearly destroying our financial system with their "no enforcement" approach to regulation and their bungled wars run "off the books", Republicans increased the size of the Federal government. In 2006, Dick Cheney famously announced that "Reagan proved deficits don't matter". Since taking office, Obama has reduced the size of the Federal government. Obama's stimulus prevented the 2008 Republican Financial Meltdown from becoming a full-fledged Depression; had it done so, our deficit would be now be measured in hundreds of trillions, with millions more Americans out of work. Anyone who claims that Obama has failed is a blatant liar; the facts clearly indicate otherwise.

    May 15, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Willard is such a HATER!!!! Big government wasn't a problem when you needed to bailout the Olympics. It wasn't a problem when Steel Dynamics needed grants from the government. Do us all a favor and just shut up.

    May 15, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    @BEND Forward – "Luckily the American people get to make this decision and not some Democrat hack".
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    Once again the FACTS belie your words. Unfortunately, the American people do NOT make this decision. The Electoral College makes the decision – unless of course you get elected by the SCOTUS. The popular vote – while usually in parallel with the College is not always... Once again, short on FACTS...

    May 15, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    But the former president told donors this year at an April fund-raiser that Obama "deserves to be re-elected"
    =============================================================================
    Luckily the American people get to make this decision and not some Democrat hack. It appears Clinton wants to reward failure with another term in office. Problem is the country can't take four more years of Obama failure.

    May 15, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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    Sorry, the LDS aristocrat is not the solution. If a failed, 1-term governor who taxed everything that moved in his term ( actually, he was MIA the last 2 years) and is an unabashed sycophant is the best you can come up with, you've assured the country that we will have another 4 years of steady progress towards the kind of country real Americans can be proud of. You can take your objectivist nightmare and shove it deep into one of Romney's offshore accounts.

    May 15, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. mcskadittle

    Hey Romney why aren't you kicking it with GWB?

    May 15, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Wes B.

    Obama immediately brought on HClinton as secretary of state. I'd say the Obamas and Clintons work pretty well together.

    Also, Obama has actually reduced the number of government workers. And private sector jobs have increased month after month after month. So Mitt...be sure to not let the facts get in the way of your made up speaking points.

    May 15, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Clinton takes dumps with more personality, core principles and higher IQs than Deputy Doublethink. Seriously, he thinks he can redefine the ideas loosely referred to as the "Clinton Doctrine" in order to try to have a moment against Obama like Jabberwocky Barbie's deer-in-the-headlights moment in 2008? It appears that the MSM and CNN will glibly let him try to do so, but let's be clear: the "Clilnton Doctrine" is not "the era of big government is over." In his own words, Clinton said

    "[T]he true measure of our interests lies not in how small or distant these places are, or in whether we have trouble pronouncing their names. The question we must ask is, what are the consequences to our security of letting conflicts fester and spread. We cannot, indeed, we should not, do everything or be everywhere. But where our values and our interests are at stake, and where we can make a difference, we must be prepared to do so."

    THAT is what is referred to as his "doctrine." It has absolutely nothing to do with "the era of big government" and conservatives can once again thank Google and Wikipedia for crapping on their talking points. Mittens is just making things up out of whole cloth now. And why? This one is very simple...he's trying to divide and conquer and not only score points with his base, but attempt to instigate hard feelings within the Dem/liberal movement, i.e., encourage former Clinton supporters to maybe not vote. It's ALL about suppressing votes one way or the other for the GOP/Teatrolls. It is the ONLY way they can win this one. How'd that faked PUMA nonsense work for you in 2008, conservatives?

    May 15, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Mikey

    @bend – I love how your comments always contain assumptions that are not facts, but are usually exceedingly biased opinions based on poor logic and incorrect or distorted facts... and perhaps a little irrational anger (yes, it shows through).

    In that spirit, I can then state the FACT that Presidents Obama and Clinton are far and away the best Presidents in more than a generation. President Obama has done a remarkable job given the hand he was dealt, the many accomplishments he has been able to achieve, and the opposition that he and America has faced from a GOP that seems intent on destroying both.

    President Obama is much smarter and a far better man than Romney will ever be. Reject mediocrity; reelect greatness!

    May 15, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    to be honest I would rather have Bill Clinton have my back than either of the George Bushes........just saying!

    May 15, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    True, the Electoral College elects the President and Vice President but it all depends on who the Electoral College is dining with. If an elector dines with Clooney or Jay-Z than we can guarantee that Obama will be re-elected. I am sure Electors can be charmed, persuaded by the elite of Hollywood.

    May 15, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Bootstomper

    Romney is a scary human being. He's been running for King for a very long time. Let's keep the magic underwear out of the white house.

    May 15, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Is Mitt a Git?

    Bill Clinton supported his wife's run for the presidency. Obama won, and then showed excellent judgment and demonstrated solidarity by asking Mrs. Clinton to be Secretary of State. Bill, being a democrat, would naturally be campaigning for President Obama. Mitt Romney is jealous that he does not have a strong advocate for his campaign–unless he thinks that GWB is a strong endorsement. Romney only has his lies and rich friends to try to convince us that he is qualified for the job that he only wants because of his own greed and lust for power.

    May 15, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Desperate much, Mitt?

    May 15, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Here's a good jab Romney can use; my playful kitten just grabbed my ball of yawn and spread it all over my house.

    May 15, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Oh, poor bully flip flopper. Jealous much? Democrats who can work together and put the good of the country first upsets you? Tell your puppeteer norquist that you are so mad.
    You are using a teleprompter? Wow, is there anything else you want to copy from the President? Someone who you don't even have the right to spit shine his shoes?

    May 15, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Cash

    That’s a picture of success (Clinton) and failure (Obama). I bet Clinton has to laugh at all the idiocy that has gone on the last 3.5 years. They have governed so differently and Clinton was so deft and agile compared to the clumsiness and rogue behavior of the Obama administration. If Clinton has given advice, Obama has taken a different route.

    May 15, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. kirby

    Hey Mitt Romney why don't you go down to Crawford Texas and hang out with Duba Bush...!! You guys are starting to sound alike.

    May 15, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. a little sad

    Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    But the former president told donors this year at an April fund-raiser that Obama "deserves to be re-elected"
    =============================================================================
    Luckily the American people get to make this decision and not some Democrat hack. It appears Clinton wants to reward failure with another term in office. Problem is the country can't take four more years of Obama failure.

    Does the mittster really want to bring up what is said between rivals in the midst of a primary battle?

    The only things worse than what Mitt's opponents said about him were what Mitt said about his opponents and how badly that reflected on him.

    May 15, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. sky

    Don't believe the polls people are working and looking for jobs, they ate not spending their time voting on polls. My family of five vote but not online so what's the percent of people not voting on line think about that. Independent for Obama 2012

    May 15, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @Obama 2012 and yada yada: "Luckily the American people get to make this decision and not some Democrat hack."

    What about Gingrich's sugardaddy Adelson? Or the Koch brothers? Or the Amway company family? Or any of the other multinational corporations backing the Republicans? You got any problem with them trying to buy the election?

    Probably not – because I'm guessing you're one of their employees!

    May 15, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Pete

    President Obama has Pres.Clinton a proven leader, who by the way,facts back this up,left us a surplus.Romney he has.......... O ya,that Joseph Smith guy right,the one with the magical diapers,wasn't he one of them Mormon fellows with a town full of wives.He'd talk to ya but Romney says he's indisposed,or did he say decomposed,damn ,my hearin ain't what it used to be!But remember people,if you're born with that stigma of being born republican,ya have to be tough because you sure ain't smart!!!Have a great day!!LMAO!!!

    May 15, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. rise

    the article says Romney read from the teleprompter. WOW, so does all politician read from the teleprompter.

    May 15, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Myviewis

    I don't think Romney can wine & dance the Electoral College like Obama can.

    May 15, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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