Romney: Clinton speech helped ‘elevate’ Democratic convention
September 8th, 2012
07:42 PM ET
6 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. Jim

    "Republicans, including Romney's campaign, have praised Clinton in the past as someone who "worked with Republicans" toward bipartisan policy." It's funny how they love to talk about how Clinton worked with Republicans right up to the time they stabbed him in the back with that sham of an impeachment.

    September 8, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. marty

    Mitt Romney is a man who changes his mind to accommodate an issue at hand; a man who wants ultimate privacy yet seeks a most visible job; a man who refuses to release his tax forms preferring secrecy; a man who is so patriotic he chooses to invest his wealth in foreign lands. This is a man who wants us to trust him.

    September 8, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that the GOP weren't listening to the same speech that I was. There was a meniton of the impossiblity to fix what Obama was given. I don't think that there is anyway to really fix it quickly given how large it was.

    September 8, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    President Clinton was magnificent, but he always was, even when the Republicans crucified him. It must have been very difficult for Mr. Romney to watch so many intelligent, articulate, accomplished women on President Obama's side. But the worst must have been to watch the simple but compelling speech delivered by Sandra Fluke. Mr. Romney must have felt like a coward, simply because he acted like one in that particular case. I know too many women that woke up from their indifference toward the election when Mr. Romney took the easy way out and failed Ms. Fluke and all the women in the country.

    September 8, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. Indy

    Thanks for the garbly goop there........... Mr I Deserve To Be President Because I Am Rich> Geez why don't you tell us how you are going to force companies to hire 12 million people ,like you have promised

    September 8, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Leroy

    Willard Myth Romney said he wasn't going to watch the DNC convention.....guess he lied once again!

    September 8, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. tammyk tammy

    Put any spin on Clinton's speech you want Romneyhood, but face the truth that he represents us and you do not. It is the GOP and the Tea Partiers with their Grover Norquist pledge who took compromise off the table. Obama and Clinton both know how important it is to put differences aside in order to work in the best interests of the American people. BILL IS ONE OF OURS. Jealous much?

    September 8, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Sally Bergmoser

    They belong together both liars !

    September 8, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. ajw

    We are yet to be elevated or even woken up by the GOP convention.

    September 8, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Clinton supports Obama not Romney .!

    September 8, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Name

    Can this fool leave this country and go back to the cowardly lying hell he came from?

    September 8, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. TC

    what? Romney really lives in la la land... great stradegy ... divide and conqure to try and bring down enthusiasm or get a few disappointed dems.. nice try wont work

    September 9, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  13. Glenn from Cary

    Two words, Mitt: "Clint Eastwood"

    September 9, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  14. AK_steve

    Who did Mitt have speak before him? Eastwood!

    Heck, I bet Mitt would have preferred Clinton too. Nobody "elevated" the GOP convention.

    September 9, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  15. Jenny Smith

    Yes, Clinton is a great orator, but President Obama is a better president for our time. The two of them and Eisenhower have been the best presidents of my lifetime.

    September 9, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  16. Donkey Party

    Spin it any way you like, right-wing sub-humans, Clinton is a Democrat, and a staunch Obama ally and supporter. America has had enough of the hate, divisiveness, and fear perpetuated by the GOP. Enjoy your trip to extinction (and to Hell).

    September 9, 2012 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  17. spad

    Clinton speech may have "elevated" DNC. But just an empty Obama chair drowned poor Romney speech at RNC 🙂

    September 9, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  18. Marry

    Romney said“…and failure of President Obama’s time in office clearly into focus.”
    The President did a BRILLIANT job considering the sabotaging of the GOP/TP congress. The real focus has to be on the “work” of the Congress (what is it now? 10% approval rating?) and how they promoted “jobs, jobs, jobs”! It is so important not only to reelect President Obama but to give him also fair and good people to work with the next 4 years!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!! Get out the vote despite GOP voter suppression!

    September 9, 2012 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  19. Bernard obryant

    Clinton help but obama have to hit one out the park but he got to use a different approach

    September 9, 2012 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  20. Wayne

    If any body was a BY-STANDER at his own convention, it was alexithymic Mitt; just ask Christie about that.

    September 9, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  21. Denali

    It doesn't seem particularly wise to praise a speaker who gave such a full-throated endorsement of your opponent and made your party and policies a running punchline.

    September 9, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  22. Ron L- Mich

    This attempt to use President Clintons speech against President Obama is laughable!!! We (ALL Americans) need to demand to see 5 years of Mr. Romneys tax returns. He requested about 5 years of returns from everyone he vetted for Vice- President, but he tells America to settle for only one year from him. He has been evasive and caught in lies before, the man is AMORAL when it comes to money and people outside his family. Remember he just told the nation the troops in Afghanistan were NOT IMPORTANT enough to mention in his acceptance speech!! And people want him to be President??? amazing...

    September 9, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  23. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – his gray hair is never in the same places. What's with that?

    September 9, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  24. Gurgyl

    This guy is out of his mind, may be his brain at his feet. Pathetic idiot. Total nonsense to USA

    September 9, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  25. Jules

    Ha – leave it to Romney to rewrite history. The DNC made the RNC look like amateur night.

    September 9, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
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