Fort Myers, Florida (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate seized on a comment made by former President Bill Clinton Thursday, one of Barack Obama's chief surrogates, to make the case against another four more years.
"President Bill Clinton said it is true that our economy is not fixed. He is right. And you know what, if the president can't fix Washington from the inside, if the middle class has been buried for the last 4 years and if the economy is not fixed it is time we change presidents and elect Mitt Romney the next President of the United States," Paul Ryan said at an evening rally on Florida's Gulf Coast.
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The two-term Democratic president was making the case for Obama at a rally in Ohio when he made the point about Romney that Ryan referred to, which was a reference to last Tuesday's presidential debate.
In Parma, Ohio Clinton said, "Gov. Romney's argument is, 'we're not fixed, so fire him and put me in.' It is true. We're not fixed. When President Obama looked into the eyes of that man who said in the debate, 'I had so much hope four years ago and I don't now,' I thought he was going to cry, because he knows that it's not fixed."
Clinton went on to argue the current administration is on the correct path to fix the economy.
Obama's reelection team responded to Ryan's comments by pointing out areas where the economy has improved since Obama became president and argued the risk of electing Romney-Ryan and going back to policies of President George W. Bush.
"Since Romney and Ryan's tax plan would raise taxes on the middle class to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest and independent economists agree their jobs 'plan' wouldn't create jobs, they're forced to attack what the President has said repeatedly: we have more work to do. But, as President Clinton noted, we simply can't afford to go back to the same failed policies that brought our economy to the brink of collapse in the first place – and that's exactly what Mitt Romney's offering," said Obama campaign spokesman Danny Kanner.