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. Mackmoy

    I think Romney is arguably the worst candidate either candidate has ever nominated, but I have to give him props on this one. It may be the only statesmanlike thing he's said in his campaign and actually is somewhat humorous. Credit where credit is due.

    But he's still toast.....

    September 25, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    The only joke here is the title of this article.

    September 25, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Yoshi Togukawa

    At a fund raiser, Romney, Again, comes up with a priceless one, according to the L. A. Times: "When there is a fire aboard a plane, you have nowhere to go, and there is no way to get additional oxygen from the outside into the plane, because the windows don`t open. I don`t know why they wouldn`t open. This is a real problem and it`s very dangerous". This declarations was probably caused by the problems Ann Romney`s plane had a few days ago. It should be noted that airliners are pressured and an opening would prevent the passengers from breathing at over 12,000 ft. An opening would cause sudden loss of pressure and the potential death of all passengers. Oh, boy! There should be a book about Romney-isms.

    September 25, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. De Odorizer

    "a few words from Bill Clinton can do any man a lot of good"... Yup.

    Unlike ANY words from Romney, they wouldn't do anybody any good. Well, there's one exception: the more the moron talks and rolls down windows, the more certain is is defeat in November. It' won't be just defeat, he will look utterly hollow and deluded.

    September 25, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. JohnW

    Some people here are complaining about spin that isn't there. "Romney makes Clinton joke in front of Clinton" is what actually happened, and there's nothing that says it was a bad thing. Must be seeing information in there like Clint saw Obama in the chair.
    It was actually a pretty decent joke, too, considering where it came from. Romney's not exactly known for his cleverness.

    September 25, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Good job republicants

    If Ronmey runs for Fed, I would vote for him today if I could. If he was my CEO boss, I would maybe support him. But as the prez wannabe? Absolutely not!!!!! He convinced republicans and teavangelicals that if a poor black man can be president of this nation, then it would be too easy for him to take the White House. What he never learned is that, although Obama is not perfect by any means, you still have to LEAD ALL AMERICANS! Not just your yacht club friends.

    Republicans in this country have four years to clean the party from the useless (old crusty, inadequate and inept bigots) and pick a good smart ticket for 2016, which I assume voters will feel more confortable supporting the middle-right. If republicans are as smart as they claim, then use the next four years to reflect, clean, analyze, educate yourselfs for once, and plan a good strong campaign. Otherwise, kiss the GOP goodby.

    September 25, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. M-W-T

    MITT ROMNEY IS THE WORST PERSON ON THE PLANET FOR POTUS
    We will NOT VOTE for him......We do not TRUST him......and now WE do not even like him.

    September 25, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The fact that no former GOP presidents are stepping forward to support Romney isn't too surprising – the last thing the Republicans want is to remind the American people about Dubya. And if they invited Bush Sr. and not Jr., that would accentuate the problem
    -------------------------------------------------
    My exact sentiments.

    September 25, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Observer

    Hey Mitt, you know what else is helping Barack smoke you this election besides Bill Clinton's words? Sanity. Keep your backhanded compliments to yourself. If you want to win the election then try to help more than just your fellow profiteers and millionaires.

    September 25, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. dave

    Remember Jon Huntsman, former Governor of Utah and former 2012 Pres candidate. I saw him say he is related to Romney. They have the same great grandfather, but not the same great grandmother. Mitt's great grandfather had 12 wives. -- In his primary campaign Jon Jr. said Romney was “completely out of touch” and was “unelectable because he lacks a core.”

    September 25, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. JerseyGirl

    The joke R-money said today regarding Clinton's importance was rather good, so obviously he didn't write that joke himself. Incidentally, regarding R-money's questioning why there aren't opening windows on airplanes, perhaps he should try opening them himself while mid-air. Too funny....

    September 25, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Actually the best joke is Romney himself, enough said.

    September 25, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. rosaadriana

    If Clinton were running he would win by a landslide.

    September 25, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Headquarters

    Let thy will be done GOD is still in control if it GOD will President Obama will be re-elected come November 2012. It going to take more than four years to clean up the MESS that was left behind by President George W. Bush and all of the other previous adminstrations before him.

    September 25, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What's funnier is seeing Mittens The Coward try to make nice with Shooting From The Hip With A Loaded Clip Bill.
    Funny as in pathetic suck-up funny.

    September 25, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    The guy made a joke and for once it was good. Which makes me doubt who wrote it, but what I want to know is why at the Summit? That's no place for politics.

    September 25, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    and now WE do not even like him
    -------------------------------------------------
    "Now"? What do you "Now"?
    Never. We NEVER liked him!

    September 25, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Stephen

    I can see we have several people from the 47% responding on this post. You make comments about being sharp when you voted in obama. Really,it is laughable. Let's review some obama legacy: 16 Trillion in debt, 5 Trillion in 2 1/2 years, 43 months over 8% unemployment ( last 20 presidents have not had 43 months combined), wasted 850 billion and dems and repubs both agree it did not work, has not helped housing markets, obamacare which no one has a clue what it will cost but we all know it will be so expensive it will KILL off jobs, No clue, No experience, Lazy and is only worried about his next vacation. Honestly, I am ashamed of each and everyone of you that voted and will vote again !.

    September 25, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Crap!
    Edit:
    and now WE do not even like him
    -----------------
    "Now"? What do you mean "Now"?
    Never. We NEVER liked him!

    September 25, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Expat American

    The real joke is why haven't Bush and Cheney spoke out to defend Romney?

    Romney wants to continue their failed policies – the least they can do is thank him.

    September 25, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Mitt support isn't what you need, you need the ability to think and say the appropriate thing. Sorry though that won't be happening in the near future.

    September 25, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. MIDave

    Clinton also said that Romney has all the qualifications to be president, unlike Obama did when he took office. As we've witnessed first hand "Leading from behind" has been a train wreck: gas prices have doubled, record unemployment for a record number of months, record debt, the first ever down grade of our nations credit rating, not once but twice, the middle east is on fire, another war (Libya) our embassies breached, our flag burned, the Ambassador to Libya murdered (first time in over 30 years) in a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11, social security going broke, medicare and medicaid going broke. It's time for another change: Romney/Ryan 2012

    September 25, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. FG

    Mitt, support isn't what you need, saying the appropriate thing is. Unortunately that won't be happening in the near future. Sorry to say Sarah Palin would have made a better candidate for the GOP.

    September 25, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. JimB

    You mean Romney can say something that isn't negative about Obama? I mean the weather is bad today, it's because of Obama. You name it, he did it wrong. He has never done anything right. The whole world is bad because of Obama. It's all Romney has, because he is a shallow person who has sold his soul to the far right.

    September 25, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Kent

    If only that was all Romney needed.

    September 25, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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