(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.”