Ryan tries to pit Clinton comment against Obama
October 18th, 2012
09:20 PM ET
8 years ago

Ryan tries to pit Clinton comment against Obama

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.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Sueb

    Ryan miscontrues something? Who'd have thunk it!

    October 18, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. rvoter

    Clinton was referring to Obama but nice spin to make it look good. And how about Clinton saying the Obama's should be carring are bags. You have spin for that too?

    October 18, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. rvoter

    Nice spin but Clinton was talking about Obama, and what about the statement Clinton said about Obama's should be carring are bags, got spin for that too?

    October 18, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. rvoter

    Guess your scared to punlish the truth

    October 18, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Dan

    Is this the same Ryan who said he was a huge football fan and couldn't recognize the difference between McCoy and Weeden?

    Good grief if you don't know, don't insult Ohio, Texas, and Oklahoma.

    October 18, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. enuff

    Twist it some more. You know that isn't what Clinton was about.

    October 18, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The job that Obama needs to do isn't over. That is the case that Clinton is making and Ryan is wrong. Clinton needed two terms to get us back after George H. W. Bush. Obama is in need of the same thing.

    October 18, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Clinton would say anything. His comments are only for those who actually think those good years during his Presidency were created by himself.

    October 18, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. wal man

    Can't argue with that logic. We know what the next 4 years will be under another Obama administration: Shortages, Deficits and Hardship.

    October 18, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. mcskadittle

    Ryan talks like he is an outsider after 14 years in congress?

    October 18, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  11. Liberal Nutjob

    Obamas policies dont create jobs either

    October 19, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Yonni

    This guy should be banned from politics Period. The saddest things is that he is raising children

    October 19, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  13. Thomas

    What took Ryan and Bush 8 years to ruin .

    The nerve of Ryan , he was part of the problem

    October 19, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |

    I support romney, but obama is just a man like everyone else. We all feel joy and pain. This election is about disappointment more than failure. Clinton showed enough courage to be so open and honest. Funny that Clinton invited romney to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative conference. The whole thing is political - clinton respects romney yet talks about him like a dog while campaigning for obama. what else is the democrat party-affiliated clinton suppose to do?

    October 19, 2012 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Does he know Mitt Romney ships jobs to china....Bain-capital, Damon etc.,

    October 19, 2012 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  16. Hawk in Texas

    So ryan lies again, nothing new here. he and romney don't know how to tell the truth anyway..

    October 19, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  17. Dan

    Thank Congress for the problem not being fixed.

    October 19, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  18. Are you kidding me?

    Another example why we cannot let them get the keys to the White House. How would they handle a conflict with another country or negotiate a trade agreement? Twist words? Not a way to be a leader.

    October 19, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  19. Payback For Tossing Hillary Under the Bus

    Subtle or not so subtle jab at Obama for tossing Hillary under the Libya Bus!! Bill knew exactly what he was doing with that comment!!

    October 19, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  20. Af

    If Republican wins this presidential election, midle class people will suffert more and more. Viva Democrats for your heart for middle class

    October 19, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Nice try Ryan, but that won't work because you're not in the same league as former President Clinton, he will come back on Ryan with a vengence. Clinton as a real gift at throwing Romney/Ryan just enough red meat for them to hang themselves on and because they aren't smart enough not to take the bait.

    October 19, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |