(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday that former President Bill Clinton’s speech helped “elevate” the level of the Democratic National Convention.
“He did stand out in contrast with the other speakers,” said Romney in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" airing Sunday. “I think he really did elevate the Democrat convention in a lot of ways and, frankly, the contrast may not have been as attractive as Barack Obama might have preferred if he were choosing who’d go before him and who’d go after him.”
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A symbol of the Democratic Party and gifted orator, Clinton delivered a folksy yet eloquent appeal to voters on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, urging them to re-elect the president while tearing apart the Republican candidate for a series of issues like Medicare, opposing the auto bailout and economic policies favoring the wealthy.
Republicans, including Romney's campaign, have praised Clinton in the past as someone who "worked with Republicans" toward bipartisan policy.
And though Clinton’s speech was ample with criticism of the Republican ticket, it won rave reviews from analysts across the political spectrum. Republicans sought to use his popularity to draw a stark contrast between the former president and Obama, even warning before the Democrats’ convention that Clinton’s address would likely overshadow the president’s.
Immediately following Clinton’s prime time remarks, Romney spokesperson Ryan Williams issued a statement saying, “President Clinton’s speech brought the disappointment and failure of President Obama’s time in office clearly into focus.”
Twit, President Clinton laid out all the lies you and the altar boy have unleased and called you out for what you two are, lying cheats. You people are really and truly morons, aren't you?
WERE YOU LISTENING TO THE SAME SPEECH WE HEARD?? Get your heads out of your behind.
Let me see.
Adults (average) pay $2000/yr more in taxes
Charter schools cost $6-$10 thousand/year per child K-12
Grammaw and Pappaw each pay $6000+ more with vouchers.
then they can give each multi-millionaire a $250,000 tax cut.
That's funny! Did he and his campaign really listen to President Clinton? He chewed them up and spat them out! What a joke the Romney campaign is. Is that all they have?
The different between a speaker and the president is he have to be careful about every word he utter. Bless.
Anyone in their right mind can't vote Romney.
George Romney resisted releasing a single year of taxes, arguing that it wouldn't present an accurate picture...but then he made a surprising offer: He would release the past 12 years of tax returns...That way, it wouldn't look like a stunt
“President Clinton’s speech brought the disappointment and failure of President Obama’s time in office clearly into focus.”
...and if Bill Clinton didn't convince you that Obama's results have been abysmal compared to other Democratic Administrations, the jobs report the next day should have done the trick. It was ironic. Obama/ Biden spent all that effort explaining that they are the ones to finally get an economic recovery going just hours before the data showed, " No they are not."
Two former presidents are Republicans, apparently the GOP think so little of them as to not even invite either one to the RNC convention.
Given that, remind me why should we vote for Mitt Romney ...?
Jealous, are you? No one to testify on your behalf and point out the stark difference, is there? Republicans in the White House 28 times creating 24M jobs, Democrats in the White House 24 times created 42M jobs. Do the arithmetics and tell me who would I trust with the economy.
All of this coming from the worst speaker in the race??? Every time Romney takes a microphone it is more like a CEO telling everyone how it is going to be his way or no way. A classical member of the party of no.
Romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan help lower the goofball gop clown show !!
Unlike Clinton who was a centrist and worked with Republicans, Obama is a true Liberal. There is a reason Dole lost and Romney will win
Romney,get Bush,what he smoked would elevate you over the Rocky mountains ,it did him while in the National Guard in Texas,he was stoned all the way thru his shortened service,couple of months right,not much more...Clintons going campaigning for the president, o Mormon wonder,talk to your God tonight and see where you get off,between NY AG going after you for tax evasion at Bain and Hustler wanting your financials your goose is pretty much cooked I'd say.Have fun you two, the debates are around the corner,practice,practice,practise,all work no play makes ya a good little republican loser,doesn't it!!!
i have no interest in voting for an Outsoucer-and-Chief.
Sour grapes! Where was either former President Bush??? Highly suspect by their absence! Romney being number 6 on the Republicans list of who they would like to represent them this election means that former Presidents were busy mowing their lawns, defrosting their beer fridges, staying as far away from Romney as they could!
Clinton was AWESOME!! Don't DOUBLE DOWN on TRICKLE DOWN!!
Best line of the convention!!
Hmmmm I thought mittens claimed that he didn't watch and didn't intend to. What a crock of lies,but of course we have come to expect that
Mr. Romney said: “I think he really did elevate the Democrat convention in a lot of ways and, frankly, the contrast may not have been as attractive as Barack Obama might have preferred if he were choosing who’d go before him and who’d go after him.” Can anyone out there translate that into English? Mr. Romney makes George W. Bush's syntactical issues seem relatively minor by comparison.
Oh yeah!! The President would would have done so much better with an adlibber in prime time!
Thanks but no thanks! This convention was well done!!
Palin would have done the same for the RNC if Romney had been smart. Instead the "mystery speaker" was Clint Eastwood. How did that work out for you, Mr. Romney?
I know what Romney will cut. WHATEVER GROVER NORQUIST TELLS HIM TO CUT.
Yeah sure Mr. Romney! You had Rubio and Clint Eastwood and still you were not even as good as an empty chair!
Robme praising Bill Clinton with a straight face is like "America looking Bin Laden in the face and saying good job on 9/11" whose he kidding? Maybe CNN and FOXNEWS!
Romney the tax cheat , why don't you just drop out of the race before you disgrace the whole gop bafoons party and take your great choice lyin Ryan with you!!!
Yes like you bombed and gave no elevation to yous
If this was such a good tactic to have a former President speak at the DNC, why didn't Romney invite bush or cheney to speak at the RNC? This might have given him a bounce!
wow how daft..