Romney campaign responds to Clinton DNC speech
September 5th, 2012
11:57 PM ET
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Romney campaign responds to Clinton DNC speech

(CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign issued a statement after former President Bill Clinton's address to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, saying Clinton "drew a stark contrast between himself and President Obama."

"Bill Clinton worked with Republicans, balanced the budget, and after four years he could say you were better off," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams wrote. "Barack Obama hasn’t worked across the aisle – he’s barely worked with other Democrats – and has the worst economic record of any president in modern history.

"President Clinton’s speech brought the disappointment and failure of President Obama’s time in office clearly into focus,” Williams continued.

soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Schim38

    I wonder if they edit/change the DNC video feed before it gets to Romney because I don't think he heard what the rest of us did. I will admit that at times, it almost sounded like President Clinton was the one running for reelection, and he has done a better job summing up the Democratic case than all of the Obama camp to this point, However, the points that he made like the Republican oath to see Obama fail over doing right by the country, the continuously failed policy of trickle down economics and the utter impossibility of anyone being able to clean up in 4 years the mess that Bush left, all hit home for this Independent voter.

    September 6, 2012 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  2. clarke

    This is all true, hate to say it, but Bill Clinton is not black. no it's not the race card, I feel this is the biggest problem the GOP has . If they could just be honest, I am over the age of 68 and I am white, not that it should make a difference, but face it, to some it does.

    September 6, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  3. n

    The good old republican party will twist and bend the lie until it look like the truth and paint over the truth and cover it until it's no longer visible. We as the american people, witness the whole plot to destroy our president. Remember this, and I quote, "My main goal is to make this president (Barack Obama) a one term president" from the mouth of Mitch Mitch McConnell, end of quote. They considered the suffering of the american people and the economy, as merely, collateral damage. We witnessed our president reaching across the aisle, only to have his hand smacked away. he even used some of the republican ideas, only to have them say "No". Our President forged ahead, in spite of the obstruction party of "No". And now, "they" the republican party, through Romney, the snake oil salesman, want back in. The entire past four years, the republican party of "No" did absolutely nothing to restore America, this great country, accept set on the sidelines like couch potatoes, routing for it's failure. Blocking every attempt by this administration to grow the economy. Hoping for month to month bad job reports. And now they have the audacity to say, " "President Clinton’s speech brought the disappointment and failure of President Obama’s time in office clearly into focus" This is a clear example of The good old republican party twisting and bending the lie until it look like the truth and painting over the truth and covering it until it's no longer visible. What president Clinton did was he exposed the failure of the republican congress failure to do their job, into focus. Period.

    September 6, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  4. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    I am better off when Republicans are not in control.

    They should go home, back to Republistan.
    A place of no regulation on business.
    Government only means the Department of War, DEA,and keeping illegals out.
    Courts rubber stamp common sense.
    Faux conservatism is a badge of honor, competing with fake Purple Hearts that every psycho rich liar lies about.

    September 6, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  5. Blue Rhino

    As always, Romney and the GOP are trying to twist President Clinton's speech to their advantage when it was highly critical of them. How telling? This is vintage Clinton at his best. Even the GOP can't fault it b/c they'll appear nothing but sore losers if they do. Hence, the attempt at twisting it.

    September 6, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  6. jane

    Repubs dont let fact check get in your way ......keep lying

    September 6, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  7. chris bo ling

    WRONG! the last months of Bush`s term in 2008 was the worst economic record in history, we were in free fall heading into a depression, No one not even Bill Clinton could have saved everything in 4 years no one. "Bill Clinton"

    September 6, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  8. onlyfacts

    Either this guy watched another speech or has mental issues. Which one could it be!

    September 6, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  9. Sandy

    Bwaaaaaaaa! Your LIES won't. Work, everyone knows that the President tried to compromise time and time again but Republicans slapped his hand away.

    September 6, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  10. wgf

    "Bill Clinton worked with Republicans, balanced the budget, and after four years he could say you were better off,"

    Put another way, the Republicans worked with Bill Clinton, and have refused to do so with Obama. The GOP's stated reason for doing this was not for the betterment of the country, but for the sole purpose of returning themselves to political power. For this reason alone the GOP should be shunned by an electorate that deserves more from its political leaders than craven self interest.

    September 6, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  11. fernace

    Actually, the "clear focus" is the contrast between the Romney/Ryan view of what's best for Americans & the Obama/Biden view! As we're already aware, the GOTP stands w/the 1% & Obama & Democrats stand w/the rest of us 99%ers! If some very loyal middleclass repubs still want to vote against their own interests, they are certainly free to do so! It kind of reminds me of the way the GOTP has been behaving since Obama took office: Party before Anything! BTW, the president who left behind the worst economy is the same dude Obama inherited it from!! Forward Together, Obama 2012!

    September 6, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Really? When Obama and Boehner came to an agreement, it was Boehner who couldn't get his caucus to accept it. Boehner didn't push it through anyhow. Obama could have pushed harder, but the point is that he tried when he was involved.

    September 6, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  13. littleone

    I see Romney and Ryan can't handle it when the truth comes out.
    No there not the same but have the same ideas
    Like President said no other President could have brought it up in 4 years with the mess he came into.
    He is on the right road and it just takes time.
    He explain explain each lie that has been told letting people see that we are on the right road but it is going to take time. We dto work the together. One of the greatest speeches in our time..

    September 6, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  14. Sadie Boyd

    When will the GOP own up to their obstructionism? The DNC needs to play more tapes of Mitch McConnell pledging to block this president!

    September 6, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  15. bess moore

    It's a racist thing, isn't it? Did the Republicans work with Obama? Hell no! Get over yourselves.

    September 6, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  16. Dave

    Bill Clinton worked with Republicans because he could. During the last four years the Republicans did everything they could to hamper Obama and the couldn't care less about the impact to the country. They stonewalled him at every turn and all they care about is power. Nothing more, nothing less.

    September 6, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am hopeful that the undecided voter will see the crap the republicans have created, and their unwillingness to help America get out of the Bush/republican near depression. Read my lips, no more republicans.

    September 6, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens' you lie! Ayn Ryan, you lie even more than Mittens. Ayn, are going to have to say more than three "Hail Mary's" to get out of this deceit you created.

    September 6, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    Mittens is total nonsense. Disgrace to USA.

    September 6, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  20. The Elephant in the Room

    I must give "props" to Bill Clinton. He was masterful in the way he used his "aw shucks", country-boy demeanor to iviscerate the Republican CONGRESS & ROMNEY in a way that voters in Appalachia, Southern Illinois, Indiana, western PA, rural NC & VA, Missori, [heck maybe even KY & TN] can understand and may respond to.

    Forget all the talk of differences between the Clinton & Obama camps. Bill brought it HARD. Now if he campaigns for the Prez, he will have done all he could do.

    In 2016, I`d really hate to be the GOP having to withstand the oratory skills and political persuassiveness of BOTH these men. If Barack continues to groom white female & latino cadidates in their 40`s during his 2nd term, the Democrats may have a juggernaut.

    September 6, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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