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. patw

    This just proves how liberal Romney is. When will the Republican Party allow WE THE PEOPLE to nominate and elect a gal conservative.

    September 25, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. nmmell08 guys voted for him in the Primaries. He's your choice. Get over it

    September 25, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Pete/Ark

    Careful when you pick on Bubba...we may not be a swing State,but our elections are always close...tick-off too many Arkies an there go some electoral votes...WE get to make fun of him,not you....

    September 25, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. whatsup

    hahahahahaha. That was actually a good joke. 🙂

    September 25, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. michael

    Somehow, the Romney campaign feels they can boost Romney's image by telling smart aleck jokes....they are badly mistaken! Obama supporter named Leroy. Do you know what the real issues are? Probably not. Howard Stern proved the odds of that being true. No one gets 95% of the vote from any demographic. You don't even know why one would make an attempt at humor in such an event. Just keep on focusing on the real issues.

    September 25, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. CryBabies

    @ Sue.. The one that will lead this country with rational ideas if there is still time left. Please , take a nap.

    September 25, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Romney is still groping for the 'littlest' as possible straw he could cling on, to "belittle" our President Obama. Go on, Mitt, go on. We'll see where you'll end at last! In the pit!!

    September 25, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Lisa P
    ...If Romney thinks so highly of "work" perhaps he should try it sometime – he's been living off his investments for the last decade or so, and paying half the tax rate on his investment income than many of us pay on our incomes earned through the apparently exotic (to Mitt Romney) yet admirable practice of "work." Perhaps if Mr. Romney and his family had more experience with "work" that tax rate disparity would change, or even disappear.
    Lisa, you are seriously confused and misguided about what real work is all about. Ever start a business like Mitt Romney did when he started Bain? This is the kind of work that permeates 100% of your life for years. It is beyond the kind of commitment most people make to their jobs. And he was very successful with the work creating this business. Fortunately for all of the companies Bain has helped and the tens of thousands of American jobs this has saved and created.

    And then return on investment of money as you need to do to get a capital gains tax rate should actually not be taxed at all if things were done fairly and for greatest benefit to our national economy. It is critical to our economy that people continue to invest money this way. Taxing these returns discourages necessary investment. But if it is going to be taxed, absolutely it should be at a much lower rate. And it is taxed at that lower rate for everyone who invests their money like this instead of spending it. You too, Lisa P, you too.

    September 25, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Coffeehead

    Mitt Romney is quickly becoming a national disgrace !!! I cant wait till he's yesterdays news !!

    September 25, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Pete

    Romney doesn't know when to zip it does he.He's in his opponents back yard and he makes wise remarks about the guy that's throwing the party,how ignorent,how politically inept as well,but that's Romney with that foot in mouth disease..He 'll pay for it in the debates soon and yah know what Romney when you fall down politically they'll be nobody there to help you up.Now go on Romney keep lying,it is a Mormon trait taught at an early age,even your wizard leader Smith lied about his wives as well so there's nothing new in their cult lingo,just lies to cover up their insecurities and political shortcomings,the same old crap...

    September 25, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. FrankInKY

    If Mitt had half the class that Clinton has he might not be trailing in all the polls

    September 25, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. wellywellup

    I am going to create a billion more jobs, so many jobs even your dog will have work. Elect me and I will tell you how.
    The defecit is the worst crisis we face. I will add 5 trillion to that defecit the day I get elected through tax cuts. But will make that up by closing tax loopholes, elect me and I will tell you which loopholes.
    I pad tax every year, just don't ask me to prove it.
    Arrrggghhh, Plastic man is so, so, so. well plastic.

    September 25, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. steven harnack

    Well if these coments are any indication, Romney has the illiterate and illogical voters in his pocket.I haven't seem so many misspellings, words out of context, and tortured logic since Snooky Palin disappeared from the radar.

    September 25, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |

    Romney isn't fit to tie Clinton's shoe. Obama 2012

    September 25, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Veteran For Truth

    In order to get a bounce, you have to have something to bounce.

    September 25, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Slightly Left of Center

    @Sid Prejean
    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!

    Now that was funny!!

    September 25, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Dan, TX

    I feel sorry for Romney.

    September 25, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. jamesr1976

    You know, Bill and Hillary are voting for Mitt.

    September 25, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. badcyclist

    It's the first honestly nice and gracious comment I have heard from Mr. Romney in a long, long time. It doesn't change anything, but it's refreshing.

    September 25, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. jeff mellentine

    I have never voted for a democrat for President. I thought George Romney was a great man as I grew up in Michigan. But I would vote for Bill Clinton if he was running.

    September 25, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Greg

    Thanks Mitt. Sooner or later you're going to fall into that hole you're digging.

    September 25, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Jill

    Kim - You clearly are part of his religion - and think for that reason, and that aloe is enough to elect him. What might be useful for you is to find out what he did when he was an executives, wonder about why it is he doesn't release his tax returns, pay attention to how he acts (not trust worthy), and look beyond your limited vision. I don't trust him as far as I could throw him.

    September 25, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Katie

    Romney is a really good guy. Glad to see he's letting the real him show a bit more. We've seen it here in Mass.

    September 25, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. sandyj

    If Mittens can wait until November, we will give a major bounce...out the door!

    September 25, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Where is the broadcasting of the absolutely fantastic introduction of Romney by Bill Clinton. Read between the lines. Are you serious. Just had to check the smear. I would say that Bill Clinton certainly has high regard for Mitt Romney.

    September 25, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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