Romney campaign responds to Clinton DNC speech
September 5th, 2012
11:57 PM ET
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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. Yonni

    I wonder how the party major talking point is total accidental that they haven’t prepared for it a month earlier. If Obama has not altered "you didn't build that" of course "alone" they have nothing to galvanize the mob. How one national party based the entire premise of the party convention based on lie is unbelievable even if that party is a republican party. If you all remember Mitt was running for the 6-8 years ago when Obama pre-failed as a president. The Republican Party is galvanized by the sound bits picked up from the last two or three months from campaign trial. Mitt really wanted to be the president but he doesn’t know yet what to do with the presidency. He is waiting for another accident to pick up some idea to help and guide him how to govern.

    September 6, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  2. Cindy

    Did you see the people's faces in the convention? It was as if Bill Clinton was running for President – Bill Clinton is not running

    September 6, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  3. bj

    Williams is a pathetic liar and anyone that believes that can buy this bridge I am selling.

    September 6, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  4. Concerned Reader

    Do you have downs syndrome?

    September 6, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  5. Concerned Reader

    Dat GOP time...

    September 6, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  6. steel

    This is a ridululous and sad response from the GOP. How can so many republicans be so intellectually bankrupt they reduce themselves to challenging opponents in political races with misinformation and lies? It is perfectly acceptable to have a different vision and a different set of values, but at least base your arguments in reality. Republicans, please stop preying on the weak minded and ignorant masses of our country. Current republican leaders are disgusting. CNN needs more journalists like Soledad O'Brian; those who aren't afraid to confront these liars headon.

    September 6, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  7. Chris T.

    Spokesman Ryan Williams obviously did not comprehend President Bill Clinton's speech. If he listened carefully, President Obama nominated Republicans to key positions, has added millions of jobs to an economy that lost millions of jobs due to the Bush administration's failed policies and de-regulation. The domino effect of the Bush administration's failed policies carried well into President Obama's term. If you listened to President Clinton, we were in a deeper hole than any President in modern American history when President Obama took over. President Obama's policies are sound and will bring this country back to greatness. In the words of the great orator, Bill Clinton, "Don't double down on trickle down!" As President Clinton said, since 1961, the GOP has held the presidency for 28 years and the Democrats for 24 years. In those 52 years, the American economy has created 66 million jobs. 42 million of those jobs were created during Democratic administrations and if you do the math, only 24 million of those jobs came under Republican administrations. As an old PE teacher of mine used to say, "Is that clear as mud?"

    September 6, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  8. Linda

    I see you guys are at it again. Lies & more lies. Its you people who have made it your one goal to make sure that Obama
    was not reelected You even were brazen enough to come out and say it. Did you think we forgot that or maybe you think we came over on a banana boat . You guys are disgusting & the only one getting my vote is OBAMA!

    September 6, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  9. Linda

    One other thing your no Ted Kennedy Mitt!

    September 6, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  10. Donnie

    It's True Obama is no Bill Clinton.

    September 6, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  11. Cathy

    I agree wholeheartedly with the Romney statement, that after his first two years in office, Clinton came to the center to work with a Republican Senate and House. I also agree that Obama is not Clinton. Obama has been "asleep at the wheel" enjoying the perks of office, without showing leadership to move our country in the right direction. We are most definitely worse off than 4 years ago and Romney is who we need.

    September 6, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  12. JoelPressman

    Clearly GOP spokesperson Ryan Williams got his information from Clint Eastwood's chair.

    September 6, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  13. Anonymous

    I don't think they watched the same address to the Country that the rest of us saw & heard!

    September 6, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  14. Harry From Pa

    I don't know what they were watching, but the fact that the Republicants can't even frame themselves with anything says alot about them. Bill Clinton is right, we are better off with Obama.

    September 6, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  15. HotRats

    More of that cognitive dissonance, eh Ryan? Keep telling yourself that and maybe, just maybe even you'll believe it.

    September 6, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  16. roberto

    Obviously, Ryan Williams did not listen to Clinton's electrifying speech too closely. Too bad....

    September 6, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  17. Nathaniel

    Of course he hasn't reached across the aisle! The Republicans in Congress just want him out so they can be free to cause even more economic turmoil! The Republicans are the ones that refused to work with Obama! Romney's campaign will misconstrue the truth enough to make it sound like it's Obama's fault, when in reality, it's the Republican party's fault!

    September 6, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  18. Elaine Shell

    If Bill Clinton has faith in Obama over Romney then that is 100% good enough for me. And I also believed every word out of his mouth about Obama & Romney. Democrats are the better Party & Obama is the right choice for me & the country!

    September 6, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  19. Jean

    Romney's team is 100% correct, Obama is no where even near the President Clinton was or the man he still is today.
    Even with the scandal about Clinton & his affair with Monica Lewinski Bill Clinton has more class in his little finger than Obama will ever have and is just a much better man. Clinton worked with the republicans to help this country be a better place using knowledge from both parties and they accomplished a lot together. Obama promised to be the open book policy president who would make all decisions in front of the American people so they would know about & be part of all the decision making process for America but has done nothing but the opposite & make all decisions in a back room somewhere locking the republicans in the congress & senate out of the decision making like they didn't even exist. I am a registered republican but I vote on the facts of who will do their best for this country because they really love it. I voted for Hillary last election because I didn't like McCain. Clinton loves his country, I truly believe that Obama & his wife do not & I'm sick of seeing him bow down to other countries apologizing for America being so bad.

    September 6, 2012 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  20. Jim

    Which speech were you watching?

    September 6, 2012 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  21. mike

    I am for Romneycare, now I am against it. I am Pro Choice, now I am against it. I am confused so vote for me.

    September 6, 2012 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  22. Wade C. Taylor

    Typical Romney sidestepping. Still has not come forward with any policy details of any sort, just a lame comparison. And Clinton made it pretty clear in his speech exactly who is not reaching out to who.

    September 6, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  23. Wade C. Taylor

    Romney's camp is wise not to attack or criticize what Clinton said.... how could they?

    September 6, 2012 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  24. Bryan

    That's a lame response.

    September 6, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  25. Dr Olu Bamgbade

    As expected, the republicans are desperately trying to highlight the contrasts between Bill Clinton and Obama. It will be difficult to do. Apart from their different styles of oratory and teleprompter use, these two leaders are similar in their background, work ethics, social values and support for the middle class and the disadvantaged.

    September 6, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
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