Romney: Clinton speech helped ‘elevate’ Democratic convention
September 8th, 2012
07:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Clinton speech helped ‘elevate’ Democratic convention

(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.”

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    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.

    September 8, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Rya/Romney plan?

    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.

    OK

    then they can give each multi-millionaire a $250,000 tax cut.

    Got it.

    September 8, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Gene

    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?

    September 8, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. w l jones

    The different between a speaker and the president is he have to be careful about every word he utter. Bless.

    September 8, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. drake mallard

    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

    September 8, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    “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."

    September 8, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. TAK

    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 ...?

    September 8, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. mjw

    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.

    September 8, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Former Republican, now an Independent

    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.

    September 8, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan help lower the goofball gop clown show !!

    September 8, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Dan B

    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

    September 8, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Pete

    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!!!

    September 8, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Republican voting for Obama

    i have no interest in voting for an Outsoucer-and-Chief.

    Obama 2012

    September 8, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. maf

    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!!

    September 8, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. Greg

    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

    September 8, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Publius Novus

    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.

    September 8, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Ken

    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!!

    September 8, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. bassman

    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?

    September 8, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    I know what Romney will cut. WHATEVER GROVER NORQUIST TELLS HIM TO CUT.

    September 8, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  20. Crismn

    Yeah sure Mr. Romney! You had Rubio and Clint Eastwood and still you were not even as good as an empty chair!

    September 8, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. Michael

    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!

    September 8, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    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!!!

    September 8, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Mike

    Yes like you bombed and gave no elevation to yous

    September 8, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Artvein

    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!

    September 8, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. love344@tiscali.it

    wow how daft..

    September 8, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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