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. dm nash

    Small man on a large stage. Can this man be invited anywhere that he does not show himself to be out of his league or insulting of his host?
    Hey Romney – this is the GLOBAL Initiative – world leaders – not undecided voters – they are less concerned with your desperate need for a bounce in the polls (or to be liked) than finding solutions for GLOBAL issues.
    Take your "us against them" mentality elsewhere this is a Kumbaya session. Notice the article makes no mention of your profound thought or policy under your leadership on Global issues but instead is overshaddowed by a wise crack.

    September 25, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Lilli

    Romney is a WRECK!! All because he's trying to be someone he's not!! Etch-a-Sketch at its worst! Wake up people! And most of his defenders who think Romney has their best interest are living in an extended dream world! And Romney is no patriot...why? Surely if he truly was a red/blue/white patriot, he would not invest/import his money overseas! . When are the angry right-wing going to protest against Romney millions in Swiss, Cayman Island banks, etc. and his less than 15 % taxes?

    Romney imports his money the same as the millions of jobs BAIN shipped overseas! His money is his MONEY which makes it his BUSINESS but if you are running for President of the United States, your allegiance should be to America not foreign tax shelters! Is it GREED or what? Shameful! Speaks volumes as it relates to his character and INTEGRITY!!

    Vet for OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    September 25, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Brian

    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.

    ======================================================

    Below are the polls that showed the republicans were going to take the house in 2010. The same polls show now shows Obama will win.

    Final Results - – 51.6 44.8 Republicans +6.8
    RCP Average 10/25 – 10/31 - 50.7 41.3 Republicans +9.4
    Gallup 10/28 – 10/31 1539 LV 55 40 Republicans +15
    Reuters/Ipsos 10/28 – 10/31 654 LV 50 44 Republicans +6
    Pew Research 10/27 – 10/30 1809 LV 48 42 Republicans +6
    Rasmussen Reports 10/25 – 10/31 3500 LV 51 39 Republicans +12
    CNN/Opinion Research 10/27 – 10/30 542 LV 52 42 Republicans +10
    FOX News 10/26 – 10/28 764 LV 50 37 Republicans +13
    ABC News/Wash Post 10/25 – 10/28 786 LV 49 45 Republicans +4

    September 25, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    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???
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Nice try. But basic macroeconomics teaches that increased trade improves a nations wealth. Why don't we try some actual economics to improve our economy? Imagine that.

    September 25, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Peggy - TX

    It bode well for President Obama for former President Clinton to make the arguments, countering the prominent arguments that the Republicans critical of the Obama Presidency. To have the former President speak on Obama's behalf, does not diminish the President in any way, rather it add to he Presidents stature.

    The fact that No former GOP presidents are stepping forward in any material sense and serving the same purpose, speaks volumes about the lack of leadership on Romney’s part that he has no equally creditable surrogates as well as the general lack luster support Romney has from the GOP establishment

    September 25, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    It bodes well for President Obama for former President Clinton to make the arguments, countering the prominent arguments that the Republicans have been making lately critical of the Obama Presidency. To have the former President speak on Obama's behalf, does not diminish the President in any way, rather it add to the President's stature.

    In contrast, the fact that NO former GOP presidents are stepping forward, in any similar material sense, to serve the same purpose, speaks volumes about the lack of leadership on Romney’s part in that he has no equally creditable surrogates as well as the general lack luster support Romney has from the GOP establishment

    September 25, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Entertainment News

    @Four and The Door: 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.
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    Of course the polls predicted the outcome of the 2010 elections. You can still pull them up on the Internet and see for yourself. It really isn't all that tough for the polls to predict, and most of the polls are actually pretty good at it, some better than others, naturally. You're right about the independents having an objective. I'm an independent that is voting for Obama. If you check the polls, you will find that the majority of the swing-state independents are voting for Obama. Tough break for Romney.

    September 25, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. LC

    Romney, Bill Clinton has more political savy in one of his gray hairs than you will ever have in your whole life. I guess you're laughing all the way to tax man, oh I'm sorry, you don't pay taxes! People lets stop taxing income and tax spending. The middle class is tired of carrying the load for the poor and rich.

    September 25, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Margo

    Romney you are clutching at straws, Clinton is the man and you, I don't know what you are besides plastic. You need to stay with your rich cronies and leave politics alone. You are pathetic...they need to quit showing your photograph, can't even stand to look at your face.

    September 25, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. was for obama now for romney

    its sadd to see the president fail to meet our expectations. i say we givee romney a go...cause when someone doesnt at least meet expectations at this level you gotta let him go. so sad...

    September 25, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Expat American

    I am still confused as to why Bush and Cheney did not headline the GOP convention?

    September 25, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. aaron

    It's odd how these Repubs like Clinton now. For his entire 8 years, all they did was harrass him about everything and attempt to impede any legislation he introduced, but to a lesser degree than the total, 100% lack of cooperation with Obama during the last 4 years.

    September 25, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. AC Cannon

    Those were pretty good one-liners Mitt, good to see him loosen up some.

    Clinton's Obama 2012 adds are well done but I can't help thinking: BILL WOULDN'T LIE TO US WOULD HE?

    September 25, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. scuba45

    If you are a millionaire than I can understand you will vote for Romney.

    If you are not a millionaire than you will be a fool to vote for him.

    September 25, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Give it a rest....

    Pres Clinton's Record is not running for re-election....Pres Obama "the Candidate" is...and now lost his "Ace Card' on foreign affairs...his affraid to meet One-on-One with foreign Leaders.....The choice for the next President is clear...

    September 25, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. yasmine

    no no.. the bad economy...Bush / Cheney build that!

    September 25, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. light hearted

    Lighten up everyone, this article is about a joke and a good one at that. Isn't it great that in these heated political times Romney can laugh? I'm sure Clinton appreciated the compliment and laughed himself. Now, everyone else, get over yourself.

    September 25, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. phades

    "Four and The Door

    Nice try. But basic macroeconomics teaches that increased trade improves a nations wealth. Why don't we try some actual economics to improve our economy? Imagine that"

    That only works when the people you intend to sell to have money to buy with. Those folks can't have money to buy with if they don't have a job or are previously independantly wealthy and were never part of the workforce in the first place.

    Need to take a few steps back in eras to find actual working logic in buisness. Start with Ford and go from there.

    September 25, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. lolo

    Romneyhood is the joke period. Where are those tax returns? We are not joking about that.

    September 25, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. AC Cannon

    Clinton's Obama 2012 adds are well done but I can't help thinking: HE WOULDN'T LIE TO US WOULD HE?
    ("Guess it depends on what the definition of "is" is – I miss Bill, those were good times!)

    September 25, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Someone obviously wrote that for him

    September 25, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Mary

    Well, Romney just handed all the teachers in America to Obama, if he didn't already have them. No federal money (states will take care of it), no unions, performance based evaluations... and, oh yeah, better hope all your kids come from two parent, education focused homes. So he will end Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, defund education for our children, but increase defense spending? He is cannibalizing America to start another war. God bless Barack Obama, he will get my vote again!

    September 25, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. tim

    It's a joke people, get over it. Obama tells same level of jokes all the time. Everyone always argues that Romney isn't "personable" enough. However, whenever he tells a harmless joke to infuse some humor he gets land-blasted by the GOP haters.

    September 25, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Lawless4U

    Romney is done, flip him, he's cooked.

    September 25, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Tom

    Romney could not leave partisan politics at the door even at the Clinton Global Initiative???? What is wrong with this man????

    September 25, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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