September 25th, 2012
10:23 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney makes Clinton joke–in front of Clinton

(CNN) - Mitt Romney cracked wise about former President Bill Clinton Tuesday, seconds after the 42nd president introduced the Republican nominee at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.

"Thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate the kind words and your invitation here today. If there's one thing we've learned this election season, it's that a few words from Bill Clinton can do any man a lot of good," Romney said, drawing laughs.

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His quip likely refers to a couple Clinton comments during this campaign year. On CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" in May, Clinton referred to Romney as having had a "sterling business career," a comment capitalized on by the Republican's campaign.

More often his words have been used to boost the current president. Clinton, a top surrogate for Obama, gave a widely-praised speech at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month, spending 48 minutes making the case for a second term for President Barack Obama.

In fact, more viewers of the DNC considered Clinton to be the highlight of the weeklong event, rather than Obama, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. Some political analysts credited the president's mild post-convention bounce in the polls to Clinton's rousing speech.

Romney, however, poked fun at the Clinton factor while kicking off his foreign policy speech Tuesday.

"After that introduction, I guess all I have to do is wait a day or two for the bounce," Romney said, drawing laughs.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Mitt Romney
soundoff (260 Responses)
  1. The REAL Truth...

    "After that introduction, I guess all I have to do is wait a day or two for the bounce," Romney said.
    Yup.. right out the door we hope. This Twit knows no bounds on his foolishness... payback will come in spades.

    September 25, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Only Bill Clinton (democrat) bring every one to the table

    September 25, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Boo

    Attempt at humour? FAIL!

    September 25, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Tony

    The way Romney's campaign is going, Republicans should open windows on their airplanes and get it over with.

    September 25, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. 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 has a lot of foreign policy experience guarding the Massachusetts new Hampshire. Boarder as a failed govenor with a 30% aproval rateing who couldn't even get realected in mass .,and which Obama is expected to win the state of mass by 70% of the vote ,says a lot for romney the tax cheat !!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Ph.Dude

    Oh, the humanity! Mitt is certainly the most evil man on earth for that blasphemy. Here's an idea. How about an article explaining what Romney was doing speaking at the CGI? How about some explanation of why he was invited and what he spoke about? How about something about this is Clinton poking a stick in Obama's eye? Just sayin'....

    September 25, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    Mittens was very successful in business – but how he made his money benefited the few whose money he invested, at the expense of American jobs. We don't need that kind of "business sense;" we need someone like President Obama who wants to invest in OUR country, OUR people and OUR future.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 25, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney following Clinton is a lot better than that rambling incoherent old man with an empty chair.

    September 25, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. fayse

    Mitt Romney in a word, BORING.

    September 25, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Four and The Door

    more viewers of the DNC considered Clinton to be the highlight of the weeklong event, rather than Obama, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll.
    It was interesting how Clinton tried to make the case for a second Obama term by pointing out the highlights of other Democratic Administrations in the last 60 years. Here's my point. The Obama Administration has been in office for the last 3 1/2 years and Clinton had very little from this term to explain why Obama should be elected again. What does this say? Clinton was standing up for the Democratic Party, not Obama. Any surprise? No.

    September 25, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Don4BC

    And this is the guy who thinks airplane windows should open.

    September 25, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. TimM

    Just another example of how Clinton can/will work with just about anyone. I really didn't like him as a President (I think the Republican Congress was the cause for his success), but Obama could sure learn how to work with other people from him.

    September 25, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. d

    I'm sure Mitt will say something idiotic within the next 24-48 hours to counteract any bounce he might've received from Clinton.

    September 25, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If there's one thing we've learned this election season, it's that a few words from Bill Clinton can do any man a lot of good," Romney said,
    And speaking of Clinton...WHERE'S GEORGE W Mittens?
    Why isn't he out there stumping with you?
    Don't you want the "one or two point bounce" in the polls that you'd be sure to get from campaigning and being seen around the country with W?!

    September 25, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Tread lightly around BIll Romney.
    He doesn't have to bite his tongue like the President does, and he'll sing like a jailbird at the drop of a hat.

    September 25, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. mcskadittle

    he is no bill clinton

    September 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. rob

    First CNN, the "joke" was a reference to Clinton's speech at the Dems convention that, as you say, was a highlight of the convention and helped President Obama. Second, how about reporting on the substance of the speech? It was a good speech defending American values and how our values have improved economic freedoms around the world.

    Unfortuneately, you won't find much objective reporting on these pages.

    September 25, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. SuperD

    What you gullible stupid Liberals don't realize, that when Clinton is alone in the voting booth. He's pulling the lever for Romney.

    He knows Obama is an empty suit.

    September 25, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Chester

    This man needs to get a real life, If he think what he said was a real joke an I am sure that Mr. Clinton was not joking at all about this. Asa we know that this is going to come back at him. This man needs to know when to shut up. He needs to get on point and let people fully understand what his plans are, We can joke about everything later on. People are out of work, looking for job, now that is no joke.

    September 25, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Larry in Houston

    that's part of the reason that obama got a "bounce" from the convention.

    Clinton is not only well respected throughout the U.S. but throughout the world. He left this country a surplus at the end of his term, but Bush took it away, and left us deep into a hole. I guess he wanted to finish his daddy's job, and go into 2 wars, and getting rid of saddam. It's the worst thing this country could have ever done, was to get rid of him. NOW, we have to "Police" Iraq til the end of time, because the Iraqi gov't ( Maliki) cannot control his own people, because they are like the rest of the middle eastern countries – they want to kill each other / blow theirselves up in front of markets & when there's other people around, just because they don't agree with someone else's religion. I cannot figure out for the life of me, WHY this country continues to give resources to countries that are 150 years Behind us. They are still like the stone age people, killing each other, for no reason, or for some type of stupid religious reason.

    Well, as far as syria goes – In My opinion, I hope we continually leave them alone, and let their "dictator" take care of his own country. Why do I say that ? look what happened to Iraq – dictator is Gone – what happens next ? The good 'ol U.S. of A. goes IN – and since there's no type of governing power – what happens ? we have to "Police" them for eternity. Once Assad is done, and finds out his people has "conformed" to his rule of power,his country will be peaceful once again. I mean, look at Cuba / Castro & I can go ON with Governments with Dictators. IF you live in a country like that – you do what they have Done For YEARS, you conform to the standards of the Dictator, period. At least Obama knows Not to Interfere with the Assad regime, otherwise we'd be in there forever, and spending Billions more.

    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the "working" middle class)

    September 25, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. 2CENTJOE

    Oh common, i'm a total liberal and will vote for Obama but i even thought Romney's joke was funny.

    September 25, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Thomas

    Romney Door Nob 2012

    September 25, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Jason

    @Four and the door,

    Everyday you come on the ticker talking smack about Pres. Obama. Well guess what, you gonna have 4 more years to rant and tell lies just like you always do. I guess Fox news blog is to boring for you...

    September 25, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Wel Golly,
    I bet that went right over Bill's head. Not to worry, not to worry. After Romney is elected he is going to make Eastwood his Secetary of Nice and Palin his Secetary of Mean. Maybe he will make Bill his Rep to Wonderland, wait no, the Playboy Mansion!!

    September 25, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Sid Prejean

    Jeez, a sense of humor! Who knew?

    By the way, what is that sheet of glass perched on Gov. Romney's shoulder in the accompanying photo. Could it be the dreaded teleprompter? Release the hounds!

    September 25, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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