(CNN) - Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior adviser to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday rebutted criticism by former President Bill Clinton of Romney's business record, and pushed back against Clinton's praise of the health care reform law Romney signed as governor.
In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room," Fehrnstrom was asked about remarks Clinton made last week when he called Romney's business record "sterling." The former president later refined his praise.
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"I can tell you that Governor Romney was proud of his business record, and by the way, so was Bill Clinton," he said. "Governor Romney wants to do what he can to promote a friendly business environment conducive to economic expansion and job growth."
A few days later, Clinton had a decidedly less positive appraisal of the Republican candidate. He said at an Obama fundraiser on Monday that a Romney presidency would be "calamitous for our country and the world."
Fehrnstrom said Clinton's original comment was "speaking from the heart," and that Clinton faced political pressure to refine his comments.
"At the end of the day Bill Clinton's a good Democrat, and he's endorsed the president and he'll be with the president," he said.
Clinton and others are expressing "unhappiness with the president's re-election strategy of attacking Bain Capital and attacking risk taking and profit and free enterprise," he said.
In an earlier interview on "The Situation Room," the former president said Romney's signing of a health care law in Massachusetts was "the best thing he did while governor."
Romney has insisted the law is different from the 2010 measure signed by President Barack Obama, while Democrats and Republican critics of Romney have characterized the two as similar.
"Well, Wolf, what we did - or what Governor Romney did in Massachusetts - represented a state solution to a state problem," Fehrnstrom said, echoing Romney's own comments on the subject. "Under our federalist system we encourage states to experiment, to come up with solutions to the unique problems that they face."
"What President Obama did by imposing a one-size-fits-all health care solution out of Washington on the entire country was wrong, and that's why Governor Romney has pledged from day one on his administration - if elected - to repeal Obamacare."