September 25th, 2012
10:23 AM ET
2 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. ART

    To rusty covey you wouldn't know balls if they slapped you in the face.

    September 25, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Canadian eh!

    gt.....How did Obama split America....and Hillary wouldn't have? Curious.

    September 25, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. RudyG

    I think it was funny. Get a life, people. And get a different president. One who you don't have to be so defensive about!!!

    September 25, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. They'reallthesame

    The elephant in the room is that the republicans have to keep their last president out of sight.

    September 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Sal

    Willard is unfit to become POTUS and it shows. He is not qualified to even shine Bill Clinton's shoes! 

    September 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. 4Godsakes

    . Romney a heard your speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. You spoke of a little boy who labored to make a living at selling fruit each day at his little fruit stand. Then you story told of how the BUREAUCRATICS in this little boy's country just came in one day and took his fruits and his scale that he use to weigh the fruit, you said it was his ONLY piece of economy equipment he had to make a living. As you were giving this version of bureaucatic GREED and POWER, it sounded a hella lot like BAIN CAPITAL the bureaucratics who can in took many Americans jobs, their only meanings for making a living, in the name of GREED and POWER. it funny how hard it is to get away from your past. It was like the pot pot calling the skellet black. Romney you are NO Better then the Bureaucratics you spoke of in the your story about the little boy and his fruit stand, ROMNEY you just DON'T GET DO YOU.

    September 25, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. wolfpackbob

    It is The Economy, Mr. President. Your Economy, Mr. President. You built that.

    September 25, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Entertainment News

    @Four and The Door: But this is where people like you are. Most of my friends and coworkers share my perspective. I like coming here to find people who still cling to the Hope and Change promises of Obama.
    ___________________

    It's also quite entertaining to listen to the Faux News viewers like you on here spewing back the misinformation that you learned on entertainment news. These kinds of stations in foreign countries are referred to as propaganda. It's interesting how many idiots are out there spewing back this crap. The fact that most of your friends and coworkers share your perspective says more about you than you can possibly imagine. On November 6 when Obama wins reelection, you and your coworkers will be in my thoughts. You can all tune in to your propaganda station after the loss and watch them eat the losing Republican presidential candidate alive. They'll have to go to great lengths to fault the top of the ticket of the GOP because they'll certainly not be blaiming the flawed GOP agenda for it. Enjoy yourself.

    September 25, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Wake up People!

    @gt. It wasn't President Obama that split this country. It is deep seated, racist hatred that is the reason our country is split. Of course things would be better with Hilary. The GOP wouldn't have had secret meetings plotting to bring the POTUS down. After all, she is the right color.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 25, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. bob

    I watched both speeches. Romney acted like an overzealous used car salesman. His primary theme was let free enterprise thrive and it would cure all the middle eastern troubles. Those diplomats in the audience propably thought they mistakenly walked in to a buy a time share seminar.

    September 25, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    gt
    only if we would of had hillary we would not be in the mess we have now...one thing she would not of split this country like obama has...
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    To your point, Obama is absolutely more of a partisan political hack than Hillary Clinton would have been. Apparently he got spoiled with a supermajority congress his first 2 years and burned so many bridges with Republicans that he has no possibility of ever being able to work with them constructively again. He is completely unable anymore and the nation is the worse off for that.

    September 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Romney doesn't have the right stuff. First rule of politics, domestic political squabbles stop at the water's edge. Doesn't this guy realize that he's not in New York City anymore? That the UN is not exactly on NYC property, or US property?

    September 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Tork

    I look at it this way. The election process should show us what each is made of under pressure. Well, in venues such as this, there are many more negative articles about Romney than Obama. Why must a person fit to be president be so heavily protected by the major news outlets? I have to say, Romney is taking it on the chin and not blaming others. That tells me something about him that I like.

    September 25, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Entertainment News
    @Four and The Door: But this is where people like you are. Most of my friends and coworkers share my perspective. I like coming here to find people who still cling to the Hope and Change promises of Obama.
    ___________________

    It's also quite entertaining to listen to the Faux News viewers like you on here spewing back the misinformation that you learned on entertainment news. These kinds of stations in foreign countries are referred to as propaganda. It's ... On November 6 when Obama wins reelection, you and your coworkers will be in my thoughts. ...
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    What is entertaining is how you have apparently forgotten the 2010 shellacking Democrats received across the country. Polls didn't predict that one, either. It's tough for a poll to figure out exactly who will show up on election day. Republicans and Independents will show up in November with a clear objective. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    September 25, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Charlie from the North

    Quite funny. I prefer his jokes to his policies.

    September 25, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. ColoradoJoe

    I laughed at this comment from Romney (other CNN posting)
    >>remove barriers to investment and trade.
    Now take a wild guess what THAT means!!! Read between the lines. More opportunities for US companies to hire lower wage people in developing countries!!! Can you say outsourcing jobs by Romney and company???

    September 25, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    He finally said something funny. It's been what, seven years and counting?
    He is lucky he was even invited but regardless he is still a loser, mega rich, but a loser nonetheless.

    September 25, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. NOTADEMOCRAT

    Of course.., a few words from Bill the Perv have also been know to NOT do a women a lot of good.

    September 25, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Tom

    Watching that clip, Mitt Romney almost seems human. They must have upgraded his software. I wonder if he can now fetch sports scores and activate apps with voice commands.

    September 25, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. J. Davis in Knoxville, TN

    I will bet that Romney would love to have a similar popular ex-President on the Republican side helping him. Unfortunately for Mitt, all he has is George Bush and some other croonies that are not impressive and unpopular. I just love being a Democrat, hahaha.
    Democrats have the best!

    September 25, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Thomas

    This is the difference between a leader with a vision and compassion and that of a CEO with an old spread sheet .

    As Mitt Romney tries to convince Americans he is a modern day trade warrior, it’s clear that his hypocrisy knows no bounds. Before Mitt Romney started claiming he’d stand up to China and its unfair trade practices, he was profiting off of them. Governor Romney even maintained his investment in a Chinese manufacturing company that relied on outsourcing American jobs after seeing its poor work conditions, which he described as surrounded by barbed wire and packed with 12 women per dormitory room. When our competitors started a global race to the bottom, rather than placing a premium on creating American jobs and lifting the middle class, Mitt Romney dove in head first.

    September 25, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    I...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?!
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    Unlike Obama, Mitt Romney stands up well on his own accomplishments
    -------------------------------------------------
    Not even you believe what you just said four.
    Now,let me repeat the question for you:
    W-H-E-R-E I-S G-E-O-R-G-E W????

    September 25, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. American People

    We want to see Willard's tax returns for the past 20 years. We want to see how big of a "JOKE" RoMoney IS.

    September 25, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. NameDoug

    Mitt was born with a silver spoon, he doesn't understand us the 47% who get out and vote , he is not a polician, he certainly does not look Presidental, I wish him well in his business career

    September 25, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. billNY

    go mitt, you're doing great and will as our next president.

    September 25, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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