Excerpts: Clinton's remarks at Democratic National Convention
September 5th, 2012
06:05 PM ET
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Excerpts: Clinton's remarks at Democratic National Convention

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will lay out a sharp contrast between President Barack Obama's vision for the country and that of GOP challenger Mitt Romney, according to excerpts of his remarks obatined by CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

"In Tampa the Republican argument against the President's re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in," Clinton will say, according to the excerpts. "I like the argument for President Obama's re-election a lot better. He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators."

Obama will watch Clinton address from convention hall

"The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in?" he is expected to ask. "If you want a you're-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility - a we're-all-in-this-together society - you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.‬ "

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  1. Four and The Door

    "The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in?" he is expected to ask. ... If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility – a we're-all-in-this-together society – you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.‬ "
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    I don't call the last 3 1/2 years under Obama/ Biden "shared prosperity". More like "shared failure".

    But if we want to live in a country where Americans are divided by class and envy, Obama/ Biden is your team! Divide and conquer and demonize that part of society who has found success. The rest of you can live on food stamps I guess. But pay your fair share of taxes so government can blow it as they please.

    I prefer Romney/ Ryan's America where everyone enjoys the prosperity that Americans live. Everyone has opportunity and not just the opportunity to collect unemployment for 2 years. We live together and work together. Some do really well and so let's celebrate that, not use it to breed hate. Together we do much better. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    September 5, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. BlkPwr817

    In between the last two Democratic Presidents(8 year span), we went from a huge surplus to trilions in debt. That's plain & simple...

    September 5, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Dalton

    BlkPwr817 – there was a little thing called 9/11 that wasnt planned.. Obama and his minions have planned the additional trillions in debt we are now. THey have failed to implement the right policies to fix the problems. Very simple.

    September 5, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    That trillion deficit came from Bush the thush dingbat...

    September 5, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Gaz

    Democrats make better presidents. Reagan was the worst president. He started the whole trickle down foolishness. Voodoo economics. It hasn't worked. It never did. It never will. Ask bush sr. Mr no new taxes why he had to raise taxes. And yeah. Obama spent the least compared to the last 6 presidents

    September 5, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. RudyG

    I'll take my chances on my own. Just get the government the hell out of the way! Under Obama we'll be sharing alright – sharing misery.

    September 5, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. OnceGreatNation

    The fate of the dumbocratic party in the hands of the former president who, like no other in history, embarrassed the office of the president and the nation before the eyes of the world. Keep it up lefties, you're making this too easy!

    September 5, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Hey Four, have you heard the recent addition to Clinton's speech? He' s slated to say the following:

    "Mr. Romney lied at Bain, lied after Bain, lied as Mass. govenor, lied in the [R] primaries, and is now lying as the candidate. Here are Romney's three biggest lies: (1) I have no etch-a-sketch, my policy stands have always been self-consistent; (2) my etch-a-sketch is broken, otherwise I would erase that last questionable statement; (3) ooops!, let me rephrase, I have no etch-a-sketch."

    Four – Do you ever get embarrassed by coming on here and selling your dumbed-down fairytale world? Don't you think you should at least attempt to grasp reality once in awhile, for the sake of your own mental health? The delusion in the GOP is downright clinical, from the top of the party on down to you slackjawed lemmings.

    September 5, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Thomas

    It will be good to see. I'm glad he has some juice left.

    September 5, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    DumbasRocks [R]s
    ...Four – Do you ever get embarrassed by coming on here and selling your dumbed-down fairytale world?
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    Dumbed down is when the government tries to buy a depressed economy back to life with $2+ million each temporary jobs. And then tries a second time when it didn't work the first time. There's your fairy tale. And your kids are stuck with the bill because this was all debt. Up to $16 trillion now and still rising. Dumb would be staying on this course with these guys.

    September 5, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |