Romney campaign responds to Clinton DNC speech
September 5th, 2012
11:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign responds to Clinton DNC speech

(CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign issued a statement after former President Bill Clinton's address to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, saying Clinton "drew a stark contrast between himself and President Obama."

"Bill Clinton worked with Republicans, balanced the budget, and after four years he could say you were better off," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams wrote. "Barack Obama hasn’t worked across the aisle – he’s barely worked with other Democrats – and has the worst economic record of any president in modern history.

"President Clinton’s speech brought the disappointment and failure of President Obama’s time in office clearly into focus,” Williams continued.

soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Sam

    O.K. So we've had 4 bad years... What is Twit going to do about it? What are the specifics?

    September 6, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. enuff

    Half right... republicans worked with Clinton. Do any of these people realize that Ryan played an active part in this government's problems? Or do they pretend he wasn't there?

    September 6, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. LT

    well they would say that wouldn't they? If Clinton had said 2 plus 2 was 4 they would have said he meant $716 billion... oh sorry that s what they do say.... ARITHMETIC!

    September 6, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  4. Lisa

    Oh my goodness. It sounds like the Republicans are the party of cry babies. Really! What a great speech Clinton gave. Broke it down lie after lie the Republicans told. This is the best rebuttal that they can come up with? Did they hear Clinton's speech, on how that the extreme right wing kicked up moderates because they wanted to work with Obama?
    Can Romney and his writers come up with coherent facts to dispute President Bubba Clinton? I just think that they are shelled shocked right now, they will think of lies tomorrow. Fake hashtag buying silly people.

    September 6, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  5. KO

    What a pack of lies by Romney's spin people. They have no choice after Clinton just destroyed them.

    September 6, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. John

    I Hope all you campaign workers for Romney find a good job after the election. Oh...........and have a happy Thanksgiving. :)

    September 6, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  7. kim

    The Gop response is proof that their only plan is to attack President Obama. After everything former President Clinton said this was their best response. Not only was the response nonsense it clearly shows they have no idea how to respond to facts. Clintons speech catapulted Obama back into the white house.

    September 6, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "President Clinton’s speech brought the disappointment and failure of President Obama’s time in office clearly into focus,” Williams continued."

    Umm, no ... not even close. Bill Clinton brought the disappointment and failure of President Bush's time in office clearly into focus. And, Mitt Romney's inability to ... well, address THAT issue with any substance of his own. To suggest otherwise is just plan foolish.

    September 6, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  9. Ed Darrell

    The very first meeting Obama had with legislators, he went to Capitol Hill - emphasize, Obama went to Capitol Hill - to meet with Republicans, pledged to work with them. Within two minutes of the closing of that meeting, GOP leaders said they would NOT work with Obama and Democrats. Ryan Williams is either too young to know the history (three years ago?), or he's not got what it takes to tell the truth about it. Worst economic record of presidents belongs to George W. Bush, by the way - 1 million new private sector jobs in eight years, worse than Herbert Hoover in four; Obama's made 4 million private sector jobs - 4 times the jobs in half the time, 8 times the economic growth of Bush. If Romney hired Boy Scouts to do his press work, they'd have nothing they could say.

    September 6, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. SPK

    That is because the GOP was sane back when Clinton was President, and was willing to work WITH the dems to create solutions. Now they are dominated by the Tea Part and the concept of no compromise, so nothing good gets done. Which is exactly what they wanted. To make things bad so they could beat Obama. They put their thirst for power ahead of the American people. not exactly patriotic :(

    September 6, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  11. Matt

    Thats I hate about republicans...If something or someone is right,they believe they are the only right on this earth.
    They cant appreciarte things arround them.They are arrogant and stupid.

    If your policys are so good,why dont you call bush on stage and have him deliver prime time speech than use east clintwood.An actor? are u out of mind and touch?

    September 6, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  12. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The Romney/Ryan team has no credible response as Bill Clinton laid out the facts logically and truthfully. The republicans really don't have a plan, but they do have enough money to try to convince the American people of a pack of lies. This money has come from anonymous donors, and I personally believe that the Karl Rove super PAC is full of Saudi Arabian money.

    September 6, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  13. Sane

    Such a hateful response. Nothing but attacks and empty rhetoric.

    September 6, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Wow, even still? More bitterness, fear tactics, lies, bashing, etc. You Republicans just can't help yourselves, can you!? A sad, sad state of affairs in your Party.

    September 6, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  15. Anonymous

    A weak response to a great speech. Ironically using points refuted in the speech itself. Clearly someone wasn't listening very well.

    September 6, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  16. myviewis

    What a difference to listen to president Clinton tonight, he's a smart, warm, sensitive, friendly man with a positive energy that is uplifting. President Obama on the other hand resents small businesses owners, has a chip on his shoulder, holds a grudge against anyone that makes money and enjoys living a good life, he's depressing, he just can't stop having an negative energy about him.

    September 6, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  17. mike

    wait? what?? no bias here but I clearly recall obama trying to lead a bi-partisan congress and get both sides to work together in the beginning of his presidency but the republicans refused to work with him

    September 6, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  18. Bushy Mustache

    LOL what. Obama tried to work with the house at every turn and all they said was no. The tea bagger terrorist held this country and our future hostage so they could protect the rich. That makes them terrorist.

    September 6, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  19. nj

    Since the day that President Obama won the presidency in 2008, Republicans have made it their goal to do everything in their power to work against the President so that they would have the chance of winning the presidency in 2012. Shamless Republicans, and now they are pointing the finger at Obama? Really?

    September 6, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  20. Franky

    More lies, he definitely doesn't have the worse record of any modern president. Bush lost jobs , both of them, Obama has managed to add jobs even during a ridiculous economic downturn. Obama has more than tried to work with the GOP, they have refused to do anything with Obama what did they compromise on, not one thing.

    September 6, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  21. Cam Spurgeon

    They shouldn't respond until they get some candidates.I would not vote GOP now for any reason. Bunch of angry losers. Ryan eyes almost spin when he gets asked direct question.Lying Ryan will stay with him forever

    September 6, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  22. susan

    wow! i guess when u get ur ass handed 2 u like that masterful speech its tough to take!

    September 6, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  23. Observer

    What bullcrap by this Romney spokesman

    September 6, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  24. Lee

    Hey Ryan, you had it on the wrong channel. You must've been watching the Giants/Cowboys game and heard Brent Musberger discussing Tony Romo's lack of production as the Cowboys' quarterback. Clinton presented an absolutely airtight validation of the many successes of the Obama's 1st Presidential Term. Next time look in your TV Guide and get the channels right.

    September 6, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  25. susan

    yeah sure lets hear all of u that want 2 call me unfavorable names, insult my intelligence, question my faith, and all of ur other crapola.......

    September 6, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
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