September 5th, 2012
01:58 PM ET
6 years ago

Ryan: Clinton, Obama different kinds of Democrats

(CNN) – Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan drew a bold line between Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama saying the popular former president is a different kind of Democrat than Obama.

Ryan's comments come from an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan set to air Wednesday night during CNN's coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

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While treading carefully when asked if the United State's economy was better off after George W. Bush's eight years in office than it was under Bill Clinton, Ryan acknowledged both the economic crisis at the end of Bush's administration and the years of positive economic growth during Clinton's presidency but quickly pivoted to highlight the differences between the two Democrats.

"Bill Clinton was a different kind of Democrat than Barack Obama," Ryan said. "Bill Clinton gave us welfare reform. Bill Clinton worked with the Republicans to cut spending. Bill Clinton did not play the kind of political games that President Obama's playing."

Ryan's comments come ahead of Clinton's prime time address Wednesday in the 10 p.m. ET hour of Charlotte's Democratic National Convention. Clinton will formally enter President Obama's name into nomination as their party's nominee.

But counter-convention Republican chatter has suggested that Clinton's speech will overshadow Obama's Thursday night address, pointing to the former president's high popularity in recent polls.

In July, 66 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Clinton, matching his approval rating at the time of his inauguration in January 1993, according to a Gallup survey.

Ryan continued: "President Obama gave us more borrowing, more spending, much more regulating and it's putting a chilling effect on job creation."

Conceding that Obama inherited an ailing economy in 2008, Ryan reiterated frequently used Republican criticism that the president has made conditions worse.

"Usually when we have a deep recession in America, we come bounding out of it with fast economic growth and job creation," said Ryan pointing to the country's recovery after the recession of 1981-1982 and during the 1970s. "We're limping out of this recession right now. Economic growth is stagnant. Job creation is stagnant. The labor force participation rate is stagnant."

Ryan continued: "To make the argument that they're putting us on the right track just defies logic. It flies in the face of the facts."

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Steve, New York City

    They're "different," eh? Let me guess . . .another veiled racial reference from the right wing? Come on guys, that is getting tiresome.

    September 5, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |

    Why don't you answer the question Lyin Ryan , only a Gop bafoon teaparty idiot like yourself doesn't know the answer to that question , but what would you expected from a hot dog goof car driver??????

    September 5, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. TheAverageAmerican

    Clearly, Ryan is no VP material. He has no clue as to what economic turmoils are engulfing the rest of the world. He thinks USA is an isolated island untouched by the million crises the world is facing today. He is happy so long as his friends overseas are happy getting jobs away from us in the US.

    September 5, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    No lies to spew today Lying Ryan? Ronald Reagan's recession was no where near the magnigtude of this recession(which is more like a depression). No one from my generation or the generation before us has been faced with the pile of crap that republicans left us.

    September 5, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Thomas

    "Bill Clinton was a different kind of Democrat than Barack Obama," Ryan said. "Bill Clinton gave us welfare reform. Bill Clinton worked with the Republicans to cut spending. Bill Clinton did not play the kind of political games that President Obama's playing."

    Can Paul say the word Newt and impeachment ?
    Clinton wasn't handed a collapsing economy , two wars , yes it was different.

    The Little Runner Boy needs to put on his thinking shoes !

    September 5, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. myviewis

    Obama is definitely not like President Clinton. Obama has a chip on his shoulder, he wants to tell everyone what to do and he's hard to warm up to. Clinton on the other hand is sweet, warm, happy and he guides but doesn't tell people what to do. Clinton doesn't play with words, Obama does (always flip-flopping on what he said). The best think about Clinton is that he listens, Obama has no need to listen to anyone.

    September 5, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Ryan, you are no Ronald Reagan.

    September 5, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. normajean @ verizon ,com

    "Bill Clinton worked with the Republicans" says Ryan????? YES AND THEY WORKED WITH HIM"" When Ryan isn't lying he's taking a cheap shot at the President....This guy just doesn't know how to behave like a decent adult!!!!he can't even pretend to be intellegent!!!The president was told "loud and clear" right at the beginning of his administration that it didn't matter what he did the Republicans were NOT going to work with don't keep throwing that nonsense around blaming him....We are Not stupid out here!!!! WE READ,LISTEN AND REMEMBER!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Bill Clinton did not play the kind of political games that President Obama's playing.
    No President in American history has ever played the kind of political games that President Obama is playing. That's all he knows and all he does.

    September 5, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Sandy

    BWAAAAAAAAA! Poor Republicans grasping at straws. LOL

    September 5, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Af

    Ryan! Clinton is a democrat so Obama, Democrat will put the country in the right track, Republican will distroy it. Ryan want to kill Medicare, do you know Medicare was establihed by democrat? Ryan Romney don't deserve to be elected for wh.

    September 5, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Bill

    Ryan is sniveling, lying whelp.

    September 5, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    myviewis wrote:

    Obama is definitely not like President Clinton. ....
    It ain't hard to tell from looking at them. One is a white guy with white hair, and the other is a black guy with black hair. But, from listening to them, though, it is hard to tell a difference.

    September 5, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. kayla

    am amazed how the repugs are soooo in love with president clinton,smh. further more, when obama won, the repugs said they will make sure obama will be a one term president. in their own words we will not work with him. so shut the hell up you liar, if you will lie about when you did the marathon what else would you lie about?

    September 5, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Chumlee

    Come on lyin Ryan – you do not know anything about President Clinton OR President Obama – because you spend all of your time lying. No time to do anything but lie.

    September 5, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. jane

    I can rermember how the repubs were trying to impeach Clinton....NOW they are praising him.....Lyin Ryan eptiomize the UNTRUTH Repubs...

    September 5, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    myviewis, Obama passed Healthcare reform: Clinton did not. Obama has been faithful to his wife: Clinton was not. Obama got Osama: Clinton was pilloried for not getting him. Clinton was referred to as "Slick Willie", and was known for having a bad temper and telling audiences that he " felt their pain". I don't know what alternate reality you come from, where Clinton was thought of as sweet and kind, but its not the one anyone who lived through the 1990s remembers. Where they do have similarities is that they beat badly-led GOP House delegations, and crushed their general election opponants. Romney has nothing to offer, except the same, tired, worn out ideas that Clinton proved were unsustainable. too bad you don't remember that. Flip-flopping is what the GOP has developed to an art form, as seen by their nominee.

    September 5, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Ozzie

    You're lying again, Ryan. You seem to lie without effort. Is lying a family value?

    September 5, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Canuck

    "Bill Clinton worked with the Republicans"

    How he can say that with a straight face when Mitch McConell the Republican Senate minority leader said "“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
    They have refused to work with Obama and they know it. Shameless.

    September 5, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    Treading in dangerous waters Eddie Maarathon Munster. You really don't want the big dog to go after you personally tonight do you? He can embarrass Lyin Ryan worse than POTUS did that day when he gave Munster a front row seat to expose the debacle that is vouchercare. Funny how Lyin Ryan failed to mention that he and Willard are the same republicans as W, though But that fact does not escape our cognitive skills.
    We all remember that we are better off now than we were 4 years ago. My income is up, my health insurance covers my son in college, I don't worry about pre-existing conditions kicking any family off of insurance, my 401k is infinitely better than it was 4 years ago, my interest rate is lower and I've been able to re-fi thanks to credit no longer being frozen even for those of us with scores around 795, I know Osama is dead, I can consider a Chevy Volt since GM is doing well. The country as a whole is better off, and Willard is too thanks to record corporate profits and low taxes. Silly question those repubs are asking, but I thank them for the reminder of where we were thanks to Bush and how they'd like to go back to using Bush's failed policies...maybe they are trying to lose on purpose. They will lose though, and badly.
    Taxes Willard. Show us 10 years worth.

    September 5, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. blue19

    Obama has to be different, Bill didn't have to deal with an obstuctive, racist opposition whose sole goal is to have Obama fail, even at the expense of the country. Romney said in his speach that after the GOP lost in 2008, the GOP came to the table to work and compromise and it was the president that would budge. I must have been asleep for the seconds the GOP has beeing willing to compromise in the last 4 years. Mind you, the GOP has already admitted they are not bound by the truth and facts when making statements. Hey how do you know Ryan and ORMeny are lying?? their lips are moving.

    September 5, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    a different kind of Democrat

    Please enlighten us on what "different" means marathon liar.

    Bill Clinton did have to deal with half the problems our president has, and make no mistake about it, Congress would be far more willing to work with Obama if his skin tone was "different." Lie all you want.

    I just can't wait until these jerks are out of their "government jobs" and into the unemployment lines.

    September 5, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ryan fears both Obama and Clinton and he should because he's no Hillary Clinton either.

    September 5, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    This guy ha no brain and plain IDIOT of GOP thugs group.
    PS: I approve this message.

    September 5, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Woman In California

    Correction: Bill Clinton did NOT have to deal with half the problems our president has

    September 5, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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