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. Tom McMurray

    never liked Romney, but the main thing is he'd be terrible for mainstreet America. that's just what we need 30 people owning more than the rest of the country instead of the 300 that currently do.

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

    Wow he sounds like a used car salesman. Hah hah...eesh.

    September 25, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. iceload9

    "few words from Bill Clinton can do any man a lot of good" Especially the Romney campaign. Quickly becoming the Romney "please stop the pain".

    September 25, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. kayla

    amazing how president obama was at the u.n and clinton global and i see no mention of him at these events, yet i see stupid robme and the gremlin ryan mentioned here. what's up cnn? what the president said at both these events mean nothing?

    September 25, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. ray

    this hypocrite, pathological liar, racists, king flip flopper and scam artist romney dont fit to be next to clinton. romney and his family has been cheating people all their lives

    September 25, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Tom McMurray
    never liked Romney, but the main thing is he'd be terrible for mainstreet America. that's just what we need 30 people owning more than the rest of the country instead of the 300 that currently do.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    But as Obama's policies have had their run Main Street has been brutalized worse than all. Don't get too caught up with what he says and forget to look at what he does. Obama/ Biden 2012's worst enemy is Obama/ Biden 2008.

    September 25, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Bayousara

    Nearly ALL of CNN's comments are closed today. Is this the new look? If I can't comment, I won't read the article, CNN. So I check first to see if the comments are closed or not. Are you now trying to control freedom of speech in the US?

    September 25, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. DreamOn

    Quote" rosaadriana – If Clinton were running he would win by a landslide."

    If Clinton were running, what would you do with the annointed one Obamaramma? Sounds like not so much loyalty there, hmmm...

    September 25, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. LM

    I can't in my "heart of hearts" vote for a man who:
    1) Is flip-flopping all over the map on crucial issues
    2) Writes off 47% of us
    3) Has a vague economic plan that leading economists are doubtful of
    4) Slams our current POTUS on the attack in Libya to gain a political advantage (major lack of tact)
    He's not in this for us, he's in for his own selfish motives.

    September 25, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. sj14850

    Joke? Do you mean Rmoney himself or the things he said?

    September 25, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Shreyu

    Romney does not get the core of America, the middle class. He is just an unethical, tax evading flip flopper. Go mitt go...to cayman islands!!!!

    September 25, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. mm

    There aren't enough words from anyone that can give Mittiot a bounce.

    September 25, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Indy

    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 !.

    Congratulations you win the lie of the day award ! You actually beat Paul Ryan who is the biggest liar on the planet !! I am ashamed that you have not done some research on the deficit and who created it and which President owns most of the deficit,and also killed the housing market as well handed the costs of two wars,unpaid prescription plan,and let Wall street run wild without regulation

    September 25, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. noteasilyswayed

    I've never before voted a straight ticket, but will this November. Even though I am an independent, I will vote a straight Democratic ticket. Romney-Ryan ticket will make sure that the middle class continues to disappear and a small number of super rich people will make even more money and control more of our politicians.

    September 25, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Louden Swain

    Dems love drama.. Republicans are out working today while Dems are at home freeloading and collecting checks

    September 25, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. carrie

    At least he does state a fact or two that is true! When joking about Clinton it actually is fact not a joke. When Clinton is on your side , nothing but a plus.

    September 25, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. learntoread

    " Four and The Door" ?... yeah, he's really been horrible?.... iraq, iran, bp oil spill, near depression, 30 months of postive job growth, started with highest budget deficit in history and then got socked with 2 trillion war write off and 1 trillion prescription med write down, housing collapse thwarted, saved gm, actually made money on aig and citibank bailouts, fires across the country, shootings in public places, kept student loans available and kept interest rates on loans down, hmmm a health care bill that puts an additional 40 million on health care and holds the pharma companies to higher standards...has actually acted and looked like a leader.... i could go on for hours about this...has he been perfect? absolutely not...has he done a ton? absolutely....and btw there is NO chance that he won't be reelected–check out the vegas odds... ( you guys must be really proud of limbaugh and coulter and adleson and palin and....what a wonderful group of people...)...i'll stick with the guy who has the plan...and the plan is actually working..slowly yeah-but it's working....you can send your money to the hedge fund managers and the bain capital partners...

    September 25, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. freelance

    What next? Romney will say Obama can do any man a lot of good ? I wouldn't be surprised with the way his campaign is going.. err.. diving!

    September 25, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. freelance

    What next? Mitt will say Obama can do any man a lot of good ?

    September 25, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Wisconsin Voter

    I think it is great to see Romney come out of his shell and joke about the media's coverage of a bad week for his campaign.
    I especially think that Romney is the right candidate for the challenges facing America. Unlike Obama he never would've bailed out Wall Street, which is exactly what Obama is doing for the second time with the Gov'ts purchasing of mortgage debt. Mr. Obama, when will you learn that your Wall Street-approved strategy is nothing more than a band aid on a knife wound? For all Obama's bailouts he has failed in creating good paying full time jobs. Can we say Carter II?
    At least with Romney we have a candidate that is touted for his business credentials on both sides of the spectrum. Obama will never be lauded for his redistributio and victimization tactics...ever.
    Wisconsin stands with Mitt.

    September 25, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. RickinCambridge

    Bayousara: "Nearly ALL of CNN's comments are closed today." I'm not having any problems with commentary. Maybe your reputation precedes you and nobody wants you opinion.

    September 25, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. STan

    What he doesn't get is that a republican would never invite a democrat to an event.
    The party as a rule is mean and disingenuous .

    September 25, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Observant Historian

    Bayousara wrote, "If I can't comment, I won't read the article, CNN. So I check first to see if the comments are closed or not. Are you now trying to control freedom of speech in the US?"

    Fox allows NO comments. Does this mean that Bayousara doesn't ever read Fox, and keeping to those principles, refuses to watch their TV wing? Would Bayousara equally argue that Fox is trying to control freedom of speech? Or, using Bayousara's logic and principled stand, are we to understand that CNN is a better friend of freedom of speech, because it allows comments, than Fox which does not? Finally, given that Fox far outstrips any other mainstream media outlet for openly biased, distorted, dishonest and misleading reporting, may we understand that Bayousara will soon be writing to Roger Ailes to protest their daily assault on democracy and reality?

    September 25, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Bara-ck Hu-ssein Owe-bama is DONE

    Ahh Mr. Romney dont waste your time talking to Billary. This man will do everything sick there is in life. Betray his wife, play with Monica and cigars..And then get on tv and tell us how great Owe-bama is.

    September 25, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. vamom23

    Not even Bill Clinton can help Romney. Romney would be horrible as President.

    September 25, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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