September 5th, 2012
01:58 PM ET
2 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. Laverne

    Ryan is an idiot plain and simple. Yes, they are 2 different GREAT leaders. I find it extremely telling that the republicans keep referring to Clinton to make their points about stuff, but have no one on the republican side to taunt around or speak about their accomplishments. They love Clinton because he got it right and they hate Obama because he got it right, GO FIGURE!

    September 5, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. d collins

    I hate to say but i like Clinton.He work with people to make things bettr.Obama never listen and only does things that will make him look better.

    September 5, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Indie in VA

    Clinton worked so well with Republicans that they shuttered the federal government for several days in protest.

    Good God, these Republicans have short memories.

    September 5, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. steven harnack

    So he was able to figure out that Clinton and Obama are different. Go to the head of the class Paul. Not so easy to see the difference between Bush and Romney, is it? I guess that could be because the very same people are packaging him and pulling his strings. As for policies and aims and philosophies of life, Obama and Clinton are one, and no amount of blather from Ryan is going to change that.

    September 5, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Marc in Toronto - it's a world recession dummy

    The press just don't get it and neither does Romney or Ryan.

    The world is in recession.

    Money is spread throughout more countries than ever before and we only have ourselves to blame for it. We shopped a big discount box stores that imported cheap goods from China and elsewhere. Now were paying the price for our short sightedness. It's as simple as that. Unless America get into tariffs to protects products made in the usa then what we have now is the new normal. Anyone that denies this is simply in denial.

    September 5, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Pssst! That's code for "Obama is not 100% caucasian; just half."

    September 5, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Maxx

    Hey Paul, how about a few more years of tax returns before you start criticizing other people.

    September 5, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Dennis Freeman

    Well Mr. Ryan, you are indeed a different sort of Republican -a Tea Party-type obstructionist who chooses his own facts and whose proposals use some new kind of math. Your budget numbers make little sense much like your stated marathon time.

    September 5, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @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 |
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    Think what you may of the POTUS but the flip flopping? Nah. That's your guy Mitt.

    September 5, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Lying Ryan - My memory was distorted by a back injury.

    "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"
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    Lying Ryan is about to face reality outside the GOP bubble.

    September 5, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "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.
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    In both of his examples we increased spending to pull ourselves up by the economic bootstraps. Any competent economist will tell you that you have to spend your way out of a recession. That means if consumers and private business isn't doing the spending, then "spender of last resort" must do some spending. When the government doesn't increase its' spending, then you have what we have now, stagnation. When the government cuts back dramatically on its' spending, then you get what you have in Spain, Greece, and Portugal.

    September 5, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    President Ronald Reagan couldn't pass today's GOP/Tea Party purity tests. Conservative extremists would accuse him of being a socialist and too moderate.

    September 5, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Andy from NOVA

    Mr Ryan do remmber you voted for Iraq war which makes us to spend billions every month until Obama the Truth ends it.

    September 5, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. LegalizeReason

    "Bill Clinton worked with the Republicans to cut spending."

    Mr. Ryan, the GOP when President Clinton was in office did not play games with the economy and future of this country and worked with the president and compromised. Also, they did not work from a position that the best way to win the next election was to keep the economy in the doldrums. On the issue of are we better off, even you, as a trust fund baby through your wife's inheritance, cannot dispute the following facts: DJIA at close on Inauguaration Day (1/20/09) = 7,949.09 vs DJIA on 8/31/12 =13,091 UP nearly 40%); Nasdaq on 1/20/09 = 1,440.86 vs. Nasdaq n 8/31/12 = 3,067 (UP 53%); and S&P on 1/20/12 = 805.22 vs. S&P on 1/31/12 = 1,407 (UP 43%).
    Spin that Mr. Truth.

    September 5, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. PJ

    Well, I'll give Ryan this, he has managed to keep his nose out there in the news this week. Not necessarily a
    good thing considering what he has been saying.
    HIs last comment "...it just flies in the face of facts" has to be the one of the more dillusional remarks yet.
    Ryan and facts are just not compatible and don't belong in the same sentence. R2 needs do what R1 is
    doing – go on R&R.

    September 5, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Mila

    No democrat can work with republicans who refuse to compromise on any issue.

    September 5, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. sweetjazz3

    Then again, Obama and Clinton have a lot more in common than Mitt Romney the gubinatorial candidate and Mitt Romney the presidential candidate.

    September 5, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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