Ryan praises Clinton over Obama
September 5th, 2012
03:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan praises Clinton over Obama

Adel, Iowa (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan suggested Bill Clinton was a better president than Barack Obama at a rally in Iowa Wednesday, the same day the former president is to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

The Republican vice presidential nominee continued to make the case Wednesday that Americans are not better off than they were four years ago or when Clinton held office prior to the economic recession.

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"We are going to hear from President Clinton tonight in Charlotte. My guess is we will get a great rendition of how good things were in the 1990s but we're not going to hear much about how things have been in the last four years," Ryan said.

Ryan made the claim that unlike Obama, Clinton worked with Republicans in Congress, including the Wisconsin lawmaker who has served in the House of Representatives since 1998.

"President Clinton worked with Republicans in Congress to have a budget agreement, to cut spending. President Obama - a gusher of new spending and only demagoguery from those of us who have offered solutions," he said.

The vice presidential hopeful acknowledged that Obama did "inherit a tough situation" when he came into office but Ryan has said his policies have only made the situation worse.

"President Obama came in with a very tough jobs crisis, one we still have, and he muscled through with one party control. His answer, a $1 trillion borrowing binge, which was a huge government spending spree that they called the stimulus," he said. "And then he quickly turned to and focused all of his attention and his effort and his energies on a partisan government takeover of our health care system."

Ryan also borrowed a line of attack from running mate Mitt Romney when he accused Obama of rolling back welfare reform, one of Clinton's signature bipartisan achievements. Republicans have pushed the claim that Obama waived the work requirement for welfare but independent fact checkers have said it is false.

The rally in Adel was Ryan's third event in the Hawkeye State since he joined the Republican ticket nearly a month ago. Adel is part of Dallas County that GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain won in 2008. Tuesday's rally in Cedar Rapids is part of Linn County that Obama won in 2008 with 60% of the vote.

Iowa, the state that launched Obama in early 2008 and helped him win a decisive victory on Election Day, is now up for grabs and both campaigns are fiercely competing for the six electoral votes.

The neighboring Wisconsin-native made his Midwestern appeal to the people standing outside the Dallas County Courthouse.

"I feel like I just parachuted into my own home," said Ryan. "I mean you drive five miles that way it looks like five miles from my house."


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  1. Taylor

    BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Taylor

    Very true that Obama does not inspire confidence as does Clinton. Obama needs to and should have already changed directions to the center. Clinton was adept and changing course and shifting gears into fiscal discipline and economic growth when the GOP took the House while in office (and it worked incredibly well). Obama's whole strategy now is just slander Romney which most likely will not work since he has led a very clean life. If there is no outward and significant tack to the center from Obama the grand experiment will be over in November.

    September 5, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

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    RECORD number of filibusters. RECORD !

    Open a history book or two and read it.
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    Clinton and Congress fought but they met in the middle and made us prosperous. Taxes and welfare reform. I had a double major and one was history so I could teach it to you if you like. Texas history might be intersting for you since it looks like you are transplant – your Obama vote might as well be mexican pesos in Texas (completely worthless).

    September 5, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Taylor

    BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Taylor

    Very true that Obama does not inspire confidence as does Clinton. Obama needs to and should have already changed directions to the center. Clinton was adept and changing course and shifting gears into fiscal discipline and economic growth when the GOP took the House while in office (and it worked incredibly well). Obama's whole strategy now is just slander Romney which most likely will not work since he has led a very clean life. If there is no outward and significant tack to the center from Obama the grand experiment will be over in November.

    September 5, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

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    RECORD number of filibusters. RECORD !

    Open a history book or two and read it.
    __________________

    Clinton and Congress founght but they met in the middle and made us prosperous. Taxes and welfare reform. I had a double major and one was history so I could teach it to you if you like. Texas history might be intersting for you since it looks like you are transplant – your Obama might as well be mexican pesos in Texas.

    September 5, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |

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    Texas history ? Don't make me laugh. The audacity of the state to try to rewriet history books here for school kids tells me all I need to know about state history.

    John Boehner said and I quote : "I got 98% of what I wanted.", in regards to the debt deal.

    As bad republicans fought Clinton – and they fought him – it still doesn't change the fact that the President has faced a record number of filibusters.

    What does Texas history have to do with the price of goods in China ? Oops....looking back now ,everything since the conservative yahoo's here elected W. and pushed him on all of us. Seeing how Prescoot Bush Jr himself was chairman of the US-China chmaber of commerce...maybe everything ! But I'm from Massachusetts and I'm about as Texan as the Bush family themselves.

    Thats not what was brought up. Filibusters were,but continue to impress us with your history majors and ignore the number of unusually high number of filibusters under this president

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    I suggest you get to crackin' on them books

    September 5, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Lisa P

    I've got to say it: Ryan would be better off than on. The lies, misstatements, and just plain wacky reasoning are adding up. Sure Biden comes up with some silly stuff when he speaks his mind, or off the cuff, but that's nothing compared to Ryan's carefully calculated yet painfully transparent deceits, one piled up on top of the other. Someone needs to turn his microphone off. He's an embarrassment to Wisconsin.

    September 5, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    @ Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I too enjoyed Deval Patrick and Gov. Strickland's speeches but no mention of those right CNN? Deval Patrick was spot on when he said “AS GOVERNOR, HE WAS MORE INTERESTED IN HAVEING A JOB THAN DOING IT." The same holds true for the presidency. I can only hope Willard sees his presidency just as he saw his father marching with MLK as a great BIG LIE never to come true on the American people.

    September 5, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    myviewis

    Just the fact that President Clinton was asked to vouch for President Obama is evidence that the Democrats know that things with Clinton were good in the 90's and people were pleased with Clinton's job performance and are using him to push Obama because Obama's job performance is not good.

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    Push Obama? I used to be able to at least give you some credibility but lately, (could it be because of your FAILED convention), you have been losing it? Make no mistake, Clinton will ONLY say kind words about Obama because he knows should he "mess" things up for him-his family would NEVER be able to win anything ever again. So yes, Clinton will do what other ex presidents are doing/have done (excluding W), and smile while endorsing the nominee of their party.

    September 5, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    How can people try to draw comparisons between Obama and Clinton?
    The one had to deal with a full-blown GLOBAL and DOMESTIC economic near-Depression, the other didn't.
    President Obama hasn't had the opportunity to define his presidency in having to deal with 2 wars and near economic-collapse. Clinton had no war, and the economy wasn't tanking, aaaaand he didn't have to deal with the Tea-infused madness of an entire political Party.
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    Bottom line is that Obama was not qualified to deal with what he came into. Of course that didn't stop him from making huge bets on his "answers" to the problems. Moral of the story? American voters need to consider a candidate's qualifications for complex management a little more closely this time. Capability is not always a "given" just because someone gets nominated. Fortunately we have a very capable team on the ballots in November. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    September 5, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    @ Four
    Capability is not always a "given" just because someone gets nominated.

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    Ain't that the truth? It sure applies to your worthless candidate.

    September 5, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    How can people try to draw comparisons between Obama and Clinton?
    The one had to deal with a full-blown GLOBAL and DOMESTIC economic near-Depression, the other didn't.
    President Obama hasn't had the opportunity to define his presidency in having to deal with 2 wars and near economic-collapse. Clinton had no war, and the economy wasn't tanking, aaaaand he didn't have to deal with the Tea-infused madness of an entire political Party.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________
    Bottom line is that Obama was not qualified to deal with what he came into. Of course that didn't stop him from making huge bets on his "answers" to the problems. Moral of the story? American voters need to consider a candidate's qualifications for complex management a little more closely this time. Capability is not always a "given" just because someone gets nominated. Fortunately we have a very capable team on the ballots in November. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    September 5, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |

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    Not 'qualified' is that another dog whistle comment ? I hear that alot.

    Tell us what Mr Ryan has manged in all his life ?

    Went to college on his dead dads socialistic Social Security death benefits. A Millionaire dad at that.

    Been in DC his whole working life. On YOUR and MY tax dollars. But Four I take it that is ok with you,no ?

    George Bush was a businessman no ? But he ate up Clintons surplus and ran that bad boy into a 10 TRILLION dollar debt by January 2009.

    Dow from 6k to 13k, 4 million jobs,despite all the states letting go of dovernment workers ( but people out of work gov't or not is good right ? )

    What do you REALLY hate about the President ?

    Do you make over 100k and under 250k Four ?

    September 5, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Sue

    This man is the "ANTI CHRIST" remember he is supose to be a good looking, smooth talking man, that tells nothing but lies.......Ryan sure fits that discription.......

    September 5, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Can Four and Door or MyViews tell any of us if Obama is SO bad.......

    Bad as some of you post. WHY does Ryan and you...... you yourselves prop up a guy -Clinton- you tried to impeach. A guy who's policies you were against.

    If Obama is so much worse than the guy before him,why do you have to go back 12 years....12 ! to show us what we know. How good times are under a DEMOCRATIC president.

    Four, MyViews...why not put W up there ? If Obama is the worst ever, George W Bush record will stand up for itself no ? Why skip him and go to Clinton ? What happened in between ?

    Tell us.

    September 5, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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