Clinton, Obama headline Virginia fund-raiser
April 29th, 2012
09:29 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton, Obama headline Virginia fund-raiser

(CNN) - In an appearance Sunday alongside President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser for Obama's re-election effort, former President Bill Clinton took a shot at the president’s likely Republican presidential rival, Mitt Romney.

The president has “got an opponent who basically wants to do what they did before – on steroids,” Clinton said, according to pool reports. "Which will get you the same consequences you got before, on steroids."

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The event took place in Virginia at the home of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

Chiming in, Obama said in terms of foreign policy he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “have spent the last three and a half years cleaning up after other folks' messes.”

The president also poked fun at Romney, mocking the former Massachusetts governor for referring to Russia as the country’s “number one geopolitical foe.”

“I didn’t know we were back in 1975,” Obama said.

More than 500 supporters were set to attend the reception with the two presidents, and 80 were scheduled to attend a dinner at the house. Tickets for the reception started at $1,000 a person and tickets for the dinner were $20,000 a person.

The event was the first of three joint fund-raisers that Obama and Clinton will headline together.

“You guys get two presidents for one, which is a pretty good deal,” Obama told the small Virginia crowd Sunday, while standing on a stage set up underneath a white tent.

Also in attendance were former Virginia governor and current Senate candidate Tim Kaine, as well as Rep. Jim Moran and state Sen. Barbara Favola.

Joking with the crowd, Obama talked about Air Force One as one of the perks of being president, saying Clinton misses the plane.

"I'll miss it, too," Obama added.

Drawing loud cheers, a woman in the audience quickly shouted, "But not yet!"

A spokeswoman for Romney's campaign reacted to the joint appearance but criticizing Obama's economic record, including the unemployment rate and current national debt.

"President Obama may be able to convince his friends to tout the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression, but the American people deserve better," Andrea Saul said in an email.

- CNN's Ashley Killough, Kevin Bohn, Steve Brusk, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Fundraising • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. judith

    +Bill Clinton is absolutely correct. The modern day uber-right wing GOP wants to drag us all back to 1900. No thank you!

    April 30, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Terry

    Clinton is not one to ask for respect. He will not get it.

    April 30, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    I seem to remember McCain saying somthing to the effect that he knew nect to nothing about economics: yet, in spite of this public statement by the GOP 2008 nominee while the compaign was on, the cons still insist the economy would be better if McCain and Palin were elected. How is that? What would they have done? The answer is that the economy would be in far worse shape, and going to Romney would simply ensure a return to the policies that put us in the ditch. People on here complain that that we cannot afford another 4 years: are they against the recovery? Are they against our government actively intervening to save the auto indsutry? Apparently so. The nay-sayers keep saying that Obama is out of ideas, yet what they are proposing in a regurgitation of the same supply-side garbage that got us into trouble in the first place. If you want to work and get us out of trouble, don't vote for the GOP. Their view of "freedom" will have us all out in the street subsidizing the Mitt Romneys of this world, instead of paying our own way forward.

    April 30, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. dan5404

    Sorry, Terry, but Bill Clinton has a high level of respect both in this country and the world. His wife is the most admired woman in the country, along with Michelle Obama. Clinton has held that position for years.

    April 30, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Rose

    He embarrassed the Presidency and all of us in the eyes of the world with Monica. He's likeable in his personality, but was an embarrassment as President. I doubt he even likes Obama.

    April 30, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Considering the fact the GOP does not even respect their own icons, why are they bothering to comment on what Bill Clinton says? No one died during the Impeachment hearings, but Bush and Cheney lie and they are still cheered in GOP circles. Conservatism is a form of psychosis characterized by extreme paranoia and a desire to evade responsibility.

    April 30, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Joanna

    obama should listen to whatever clinton has to say. after all, clinton balanced the budget during his tenure!

    April 30, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Danielle

    All these Clinton haters are talking now, but from 1992-2000, nobody said a word because we had jobs, decent healthcare, great education system & most of all no national debt. But Clinton is a liar...I wish people would stop looking at the negative Bill Clinton did, so what he slept around, smoke a lil weed??? Gas prices stayed down & jobs stayed here in America!!! If Clinton could run again, 1/2 of these Clinton/Obama bashers, would vote him in, u have to admit, Bill wasn't perfect but he knew what he had to do to make America successful!!!

    April 30, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. TonyK


    No, what embarrasses the USA is not Clinton's failing's, which were, after all, his own. Rather it was Bush and his policies that really embarrassed us internationally–other nations could not believe Bush was re-elected, and thought we were stupid, which we were. THAT is emabarrassingh!

    April 30, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Bill C

    I can see it now. President Obama's main accomplishment that he will run on is that he is not Mitt Romney. He can't run on his own accomplishments, so that is it. Sad.

    April 30, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Corey

    I like the fact that Clinton is still relevant in the political discussion. Whether you liked his policies or not he was and still is a popular president. But what you will never see is Bush supporting the GOP. But I sure would like to see it. As a left leaner we are trying to get the country back to the prosperity under Clinton. But I doubt any GOPers will want to campaign on the success or lack of success we had as a country under Bush.

    April 30, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Investment Advisor

    I like Bill Clinton but this is just more BS.

    April 30, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Wake up people

    What I want to know is if President Obama, who inherited a complete disaster and has had no help from the party of NO is so bad....why oh why do you not have a candidate that can beat him hands down? If he is as bad as the party of NO want us to think, shouldn't anyone be able to beat him?? Could it be that they know their candidate has no structure or core and they are attempting to dupe the citizens once again like they have so many years in so many previous elections?? I just don't understand, they claim President Obama is the worst ever so anyone should be able to beat him. ie, wailin Palin or even Donald the comb over king Trump.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 30, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |

    @Rose,.. Clinton made a mistake,.. but he did not drag the country down a road of war and conflict like the Bush administration,.. and i think there is mutual admiration between Pres. Obama and Clinton,.. not everyone is as mean spirited as the Republicans,.. they only like themselves and their rich friends.

    April 30, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. james d. jones

    I am so happy to have some intelligence and sanity coordinated in this race....bill clinton is an icon

    April 30, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. DC Observer

    Mr romney should lock up all his female interns if Bill Clinton is going to be around. Obama and the Dems are worse than etch a sketch -Bill called Obama's candidacy a "fairy tale" and Hillary said Obama had ZERO experience - Obama criticized Hillary for using Osama bin Laden in an ad - and now Obama uses Bin laden in an ad against Romney. Obama voted against raising the debt limit and said to do so (by Bush) indicated NO fiscal discipline or leadership - and on taking office obama has added $6+ trillion in new debt.

    Obama just does not tell the truth; changes positions on the fly; and still has zero experience while governing in a "fairy tale" world.

    April 30, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. gar

    The American people rightfully hold Republicans in complete contempt and disgust.

    April 30, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. ID Spud

    @I'm Outta Here,

    "....not everyone is as mean spirited as the Republicans'. Wow, what an interesting perspective you have! Do you really believe that it's only the Republicans that are mean-spirited? Are you really that blinded to the rhetoric and hate-mongering coming from the more liberal part of the Democratic party? Are you also blind to the "rich" connections that are aligned with the Democratic party?

    April 30, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Ilya

    " Conservatism is a form of psychosis characterized by extreme paranoia and a desire to evade responsibility."
    Um, nooo, that would be Obama and the democrats. After 3.5 years still blaming everything on someone else, mostly the previous president.

    April 30, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Guest

    Who cares what Clinton the liar says.

    April 30, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Locker

    Too bad Obama is not fit to carry Clinton's shoes or we might be in a different place economically now.

    April 30, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Chipster

    @Joanna, who said;
    "obama should listen to whatever clinton has to say. after all, clinton balanced the budget during his tenure!"

    Check your facts please. Congress is responsible for the budget. The President submits a budget request to the Congress. The CBO analyzes the budget and projects an estimates for federal spending and revenue. FYI: President Bush never included the cost of 2 wars in his budgets but used "Supplemental Spending" requests that added costs that were not budgeted. Bush's Medicare Part D program was not funded either; no spending cuts or revenues generated to cover the costs. He also banned the program from negotiating lower drug prices. President Obama lifted that ban. Taxpayers are still paying for the war in Afghanistan and unfunded Medicare Part D. Instead of increasing revenue to pay for Part D and 2 wars, Bush gave huge tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Why does anyone wonder why we still blame Bush for the huge deficit? We're still paying for his reckless spending practices!

    April 30, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Jerry

    This will come to be known as the "FORWARD/BACKWARDS" Tour. They (Clinton/Obama) will be competing with each other to determine who will be crowned BIGGEST LIAR.

    So far, Mr. Obama is winning by five or six lengths!!!

    Also, anyone that opines that Mr. Clinton REALLY likes Mr. Obama needs to stop smoking whatever they are "inhaling" or stop slurping the Mr. Obama spiked Kool Aid!!!

    April 30, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Dean

    The Mess and how Obama inherited it
    One of the short comings of many people, particularly the so called "kool aid" drinkers, is their inability to seperate truth from propoganda. Since the first day that Obama got elected we have heard the same tired phrase "we inherited this mess from George W. Bush". Are you interested in knowing how the mess really got inherited or would you prefer to keep sipping the Democrat Party kool aid? It is your choice – but if you want the truth, then I dare you to read on.

    This tells the whole story, why Bush was so bad at the end of his term.
    Don't just skim over this, it's not long, but read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!
    The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.
    The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
    For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this:
    January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time:
    The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
    The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
    The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
    George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH
    Remember the day...
    January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.
    The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?
    Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!
    Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.
    And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA
    And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?
    OBAMA and the Democrat Congress
    So when someone tries to blame Bush..
    Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.
    Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 &2011.
    In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
    For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.
    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.
    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
    If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.

    April 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Shawn Stewart

    Funny how Clinton's BJ keeps coming up, but yet no one even mentions the fact that the loudest man screaming infedlity was none other than Newt Gingrich...who we later found out was sleeping around on his wife himself! Nobody has an issue with him running as a GOP candidate? At least Bill Clinton worked towards saving his ONE and ONLY marriage, instead of trading in his spouse three times!

    April 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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