Romney: Clinton speech helped ‘elevate’ Democratic convention
September 8th, 2012
07:42 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney: Clinton speech helped ‘elevate’ Democratic convention

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday that former President Bill Clinton’s speech helped “elevate” the level of the Democratic National Convention.

“He did stand out in contrast with the other speakers,” said Romney in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" airing Sunday. “I think he really did elevate the Democrat convention in a lot of ways and, frankly, the contrast may not have been as attractive as Barack Obama might have preferred if he were choosing who’d go before him and who’d go after him.”

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A symbol of the Democratic Party and gifted orator, Clinton delivered a folksy yet eloquent appeal to voters on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, urging them to re-elect the president while tearing apart the Republican candidate for a series of issues like Medicare, opposing the auto bailout and economic policies favoring the wealthy.

Republicans, including Romney's campaign, have praised Clinton in the past as someone who "worked with Republicans" toward bipartisan policy.

And though Clinton’s speech was ample with criticism of the Republican ticket, it won rave reviews from analysts across the political spectrum. Republicans sought to use his popularity to draw a stark contrast between the former president and Obama, even warning before the Democrats’ convention that Clinton’s address would likely overshadow the president’s.

Immediately following Clinton’s prime time remarks, Romney spokesperson Ryan Williams issued a statement saying, “President Clinton’s speech brought the disappointment and failure of President Obama’s time in office clearly into focus.”

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha ha There were zero ex-presidents standing up publicly for Robme. The brother of an ex-president doesn't count.

    I believe Jeb Bush sat this one out because he will refuse to be a water-boy for Rove, Norquist, and the Koch brothers. I may be wrong. I'll be disappointed if he ever runs and allows Rove or Norquist anywhere near his campaign. That will be a sign that I should vote against him also. Grover Norquist is a traitor to this country.

    September 9, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. ronb

    Great advice coming from a guy who's own convention was a disaster of speakers tooting their own horns instead of his. Be quiet Willard. It's getting to point where people don't want you to speak because every time you open your sewer.... "you know what" comes out!

    September 9, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As a failed governor of MA, Mittens wants to bring to a bigger stage, America, his outsourcing of MA government jobs to India, his increase of taxes 700 times on MA residents, and his leaving MA debt $2.6 billion higher than he went into office. His only successes beside being born into wealth, is that he made millions from government bailouts of companies he ruined.

    September 9, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Tony

    This is in contrast to Clint Eastwood, who really stole Romney's thunder at the Republican convention. Clint's empty chair routine was nothing to write home about, but it still outshone Romney's speech.

    September 9, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    The DNC had a great speech from former President Bill Clinton and the RNC had a rambling old man and an empty chair.

    September 9, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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