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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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. TheVoice2

    Ryan and Mitt have made it clear they will gut Medicare, Education, and Research just to give more tax cuts to the rich and corporations. No plan on how to balance the budget or create jobs. Somehow the rich's money is suppose to "trickle" down. We've already tried that.

    Mitt Phony's motto "Make me President now, I'll give you detals later"

    September 5, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Heee, heeee, heeee, heeeee this pathetic idiot is all alone....lie Paul lie idiot lie... Obama12.

    September 5, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need to commit suicide under the GOP plan.

    September 5, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Ambrose Smith

    What?? Still no mention of George W. Bush?? WONDER WHY??

    September 5, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. 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 |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Curious. Under Clinton, Republicans tried to impeach him and successfully shut down the government. I believe them when that suggest that they liked Clinton much more than Pres. Obama. Never once did I hear anyone ask for his papers or pledge to make him a one term president. Not once.

    September 5, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. lolo

    There you go lying again Ryan. Give it up. You joined the ticket of a loser. Romneyhood has been flip-flopping since he has been in politics. The man does not have a clue. And the answer to your question is yes I am better off than I was 4 years ago, no thanks to the GOP/TP nutjobs. They drove us off the cliff and expect for us to give them another chance? Not Happenng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. ConcernedSNCO

    This guy Ryan is a total idiot. Does he really think the informed voter will fall for those blatant lies? I guess he and the Mittster will continue to pander to the nut cases of the GOP.

    September 5, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    We are not the witless little gnomes that are your usual base, punk.

    September 5, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. 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.
    Apples and bricks people. All things were not equal.
    But hey, knock yourselves out.

    September 5, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Stellar12

    Highlighting the great job Bill Clinton did with the economy is not a bright move for Ryan. It illuminates the very cause of all our problems today. G W Bush squandered Clinton's legacy, spent our surplus, depleted social security and left us with huge debt. No one has forgotten what the Republicans did for the wealthy 1% at the expense of everyone else. Its a long hard road to dig our way out of the hole Bush put us in, thanks for being right on "the money" Ryan, I'm sure Bill Clinton and the Democrats are thanking you for the reminder of how what got in the state we are in.

    September 5, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. AnnsTheMan!

    Dear Paul – And as I recall, when Newt and Clinton went into a room together, they didn't come out without an agreement. Note: Bohnner left without a deal, because fiscal conservatives were screaming "$10 cuts to $1 revenue is still TOO MUCH TAX"... so, to be fair, the GOP did their best to box him in... don't recall Newt saying "Let's make Bill a 1 term president"...

    September 5, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    Skipped right over those 8 years in between Obama and Clinton...thou shalt not remember the Bush years. Sorry, little boy, not going to happen.
    Anyhow, while Paulie Lyin yucks it up about this that and the other, can we get a response from Lyin on why he was requesting funds from Obamneycare for his dsitrict? I thought Obamneycare was bad (don't tell Willard). Guess that's except when it's for Paulie Lyin. We can safely add hypocrite as an apt description for Paulie, along with Liar.
    "Yes" for stimulus (shhhh, it's a secret), "yes" for Obamneycare funds (shhhh, it's a secret). Like Ted Kennedy said, give Lyin 2 more weeks, he might be voting for Obama/Biden. It's no wonder why the GOTP is going to get blasted on 11/6, they want to be Democrats.

    September 5, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. anotherGDlefty

    Yes I am better off than 4 years ago.
    I imagine EVERYONE would be as well if Mitch McConnell wasn't a traitor to the country in the quest for regaining power.
    Suck it Ryan you liar.

    September 5, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. BLKMANinAmerica

    Well "American's" may or may not be 'better off', but one thing is true Ryan has more money since 2008 and he also is spreading more LIES. WHY on earth would anyone ever try to put economic 'better-off' now vs. when President Clinton was in office has this yoyo forgotten that GW Bush and repuks stoled the surplus Clinton produced and gave it to the wealthy TWICE. Oh yea repuks don't want to talk about GW Bush.

    September 5, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Paul is a total idiot- true.

    September 5, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. lolo

    @ Mikle, I guess you forgot that when you voted the empty heads into congress in 2010 that they promised a jobs bill too. Where is it? Instead all we got was bashing and name calling of President Obama for 31/2 years. America has awaken and we will not be buying what you are selling. President Obama is a hell of a lot better choice than Romneyhood and Boy Wonder. Tell Romneyhood we are still waiting for those 10 years of tax returns. Also we are coming after Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and McConnell since they were the poster boys for the republican/tea party KKKlan.

    September 5, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @SOUTHERN HOTTIE
    They're going all the way back to 1981 to find inspiration? What, Dubya isn't good enough for them?
    -------------------------------------------------
    LOL!
    Rhetorical questions no doubt, and those are indeed the sound of internet crickets we're hearing!

    September 5, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. 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.

    September 5, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. SDG66

    Ryan is a horrid little fellow.

    September 5, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. RJ1008

    The liar opens his mouth and it's klan talk again. Why don't the GOP just bring Rush Limbaugh upfront and be it's candidate rather than let him control the agenda from behind?

    September 5, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. the Situation

    Wasn't this the same congress and senate that tried to impeach Clinton from the WH back in 1998. Shut up you tool Ryan. All you do is lie!

    September 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. beevee

    This republican rogue is using a divisive tactic to create friction within the dems. Mr. Ryan you are branded as a patholgical liar and no one believes what you say unless one is a mindless Rep.

    September 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    By the way, very much enjoyed Gov. Patrick Deval's speech last night, and Ted Strickland's gloriously refreshingly CANDID interview after his speech last night.
    He called Romney a liar without equivocation nor hesitation.He also stated that he'd seen "this gamebook before" in regards to the racism that has seeping closer and closer to the surface of the Republicans
    Wish more Democraps would speak thusly.

    September 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Jokers

    Pantsonfireblicans are so out of touch they think this is a gotcha question. Absolutely we're better off. OBL is dead. Iraq war is over, people with pre-existing conditions can get health insurance, and the country is not bleeding hundreds of thousands of jobs per month. Ya betcha we're better off than 4 years ago. They got some nerve even asking that question after that disaster called Bush!

    September 5, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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