Clinton stars in new Obama ad
August 23rd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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Clinton stars in new Obama ad

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton takes center stage in a new ad released by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign on Thursday.

The former president, who’s been a top surrogate for Obama this year, largely praises Obama in the spot and attempts to draw a contrast between Republicans and Democrats this election year.

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"This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation. That's what got us in trouble in the first place,” Clinton says in the ad. "President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education, and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class."

He later adds: "That's what happened when I was President. We need to keep going with his plan."

The 30-second ad, "Clear Choice," will air in the battleground states of New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

Responding to the ad, Romney's campaign pointed to the Republican candidate's plan to spur economic growth.

"Mitt Romney's 'sterling' private sector experience and his Plan for a Stronger Middle Class offer a new direction. He will jumpstart economic growth, creating 12 million jobs and bringing hope to the middle class," said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg.

Her statement referred to Clinton's praise of Romney's corporate experience, when he said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" in May that Romney had a "sterling business career" as CEO of Bain Capital. Clinton faced strong criticism from Democrats who had been using Romney's corporate history as an attack line.

In his stump speeches, Obama frequently credits Clinton-era policies for the strong economy in the '90s, arguing the country fared well under Clinton because he "understood what it takes for this economy."

"Nobody has a better grasp and understanding of the issues than this man," Obama said at a June fundraiser in New York.

Clinton was used in another political ad recently, though much to his chagrin.

Mitt Romney’s team featured the former president positively in a recent spot that attacks Obama for “gutting” the work requirement in the welfare reform law signed off by Clinton in 1996. The ad was part of a weeks-long campaign by Team Romney that leveled charges at Obama over his administration’s welfare adjustments.

However, Clinton himself, as well as fact-check groups and several news outlets, including CNN, have all said the Romney claim that Obama ended the work requirement is untrue.

Clinton had a staring role in an Obama campaign video in late April, with the former president praising the current president's role in last year's military raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

Clinton, who was set to headline a pro-Obama super PAC event this month, will further cement his role as a major player in this year's election when he delivers a prime time speech at the Democratic National Convention in September.

The former president also joined Obama at an April fundraiser in Virginia.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Jay$

    Ohh Boy! Having someone of the highest moral character is going to make the difference. Light the cigars I say!

    August 23, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. amontagno

    Bill Clinton is a certified liar. He was impeached by Congress for exactly that – lying.

    August 23, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Theres plenty of blame to go around but the democrats are just as guilty if not more so than the republicans.
    You make some valid points, not the least of which is that BOTH Dems and Repubs had their hand in the housing market collapse. A lot of folks turned a blind eye for convenient reasons to what was brewing in that area as well as Wall Street. However, whether right or wrong, when a catastrophe of this magnitude occurs the President in charge and his Party get the blame if the populace feels that if someone had just been paying attention to the signs, and had not turned a blind eye in order to profit from impending doom, maybe it could've been prevented. The Shrub was in charge.
    Fast forward to 2009: President Obama rolls up his sleeves and gets to work to turn things around whilst the Rethugs proclaim to the four winds and anyone who cares to listen that their primary and ONLY goal is to make Obama a one-term President. The Rethugs then VERY PUBLICLY proceed to obstruct the President's effort to fix what ails our nation and alternately play pocket pool when they are not obstructing.
    Both the Dems and the Rethugs may be held responsible for what befell our nation, but I and tens of millions of Americans have YET to see one Rethug lift a finger to right their wrongs.
    Obama 2012. Seriously my fellow Americans.

    August 23, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Lando

    I'll take Clinton a million times than G Bush...

    August 23, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Lizzie

    He has to bring out Pres.Clinton, it's his last chance, Pres.Clinton said I will do whatever they want, because THEY meaning the present administration would blame HIM it they would lose, just like they blame everyone but not themselfs. The Present Administration called him racist, he does not forget that one. Pres.Obama paid Hillary of by giving her the state dep. job, or the Clinton would have gone out and discredited him every way imaginable.

    August 23, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. the_dude

    Did anyone need another reason not to vote for Obama?

    August 23, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. davey

    He was paid bythe Obama campaign.

    August 23, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You may not like Bill and you may call him a lot of things but the fact remains, when Bill speaks, people listen.

    August 23, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Bruce

    Perhaps the candidates should state their detailed plans (along with a timeline) in writing and then spend their time explaining exactly why their plan would work. While doing this they may not refer to the other candidate's plan. Simply sell me on yours. By the way,"We have to create more jobs," is not a plan.

    August 23, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Independent

    @Rafli.....Serious? That is what you are worried about??? Not sure if you are aware but it is not Mitt's choice if his "boys" join the army, it is the "boy's choice"!!! Get a clue!!! Dems are soooo desperate, it is kind of sad! The funny thinng is I don't see this desperation from the Repubs!

    August 23, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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