Why did Clinton defend Romney? Because they're cut out of the same mold.
Months ago, when the Republican primary season was still in full swing, Clinton
mentioned more than once that he liked both Romney and Huntsman, essentially
(but not directly) painting them as his favorite candidates of the whole
Republican field. Of course, he'll still prefer Obama as party politics
reign supreme, but it's still interesting to hear some sort of
"praise" from a past president.
Bass,Absolutley. Clinton was an excellent President and Romney will
be an excellent president because they have realistic expectations for
business.Neither man is an idealist, which is good. The little man
with his grade school undertsnading of history and politics though thinks that
idealism is some sort of virtue though. Idealism is why Congress hasn't
passed a real budget in so many years.People need to learn how to
compromise. We need more Bob Bennetts and less Mike Lees.
As much as I dislike Clinton and think he is overrated as a president, I have to
admit he is a smart guy. Why did he defend Romney's business record?
Because he realizes that Romney has a stellar business record. There is not much
to criticize about Romney's time at Bain. Of course because of party
politics Bill will still say he supports Obama, but frankly I think deep down he
sees the writing on the wall. Romney would make a much better President then
Obama has. Romney 2012!
President Climto is a very smart man. He speaks his mind. Anyone who crritisizes
Mitt's business record looks like a fool. President Clinton doe not want to
look like a fool.
@ Mukkake - I agree a great deal with your thoughts. I personally never cared
for Clinton, yet he was a good president in that he was pragmatic, similar to
Romney in that way. Some idealism is good as there are some things that should
not be compromised. As a country we should not abandon our friends and strong
allies. We should treat others with respect. Yet there is much,
perhaps most, of running a country that is simple compromise. Democrats are not
always wrong, just as Republicans are not always right. There is good in both
parties and the best is usually somewhere in the middle. I too believe we need
more Bob Bennetts and Jon Huntsmans. Working together is how we achieve more.
Both parties spend too much time and effort staying in power rather
than running the country.
Bill Clinton has never been opposed to highly partisan spin to achieve his
goals. He's also extremely smart and calculating in everything he says. I
don't think these comments about Romney were accidentally "off
message" at all. I don't know what he's up to, but if his heart
was behind Obama, he would never have made those comments, no matter how true
they may be.
The question is more accurately "Did Clinton defend Mitt Romney's
record at Bain, or did Politico carefully select quotes from a larger speech to
give the impression that Clinton defended Romney?" When you watch the
video, you don't get that impression at all.A key point glossed
over by Repbulicans. In speaking about Bain, President Clinton notes that when
you go in and try to save companies, you don't always succeed, but it is
good to try".That sounds remarkably like Solyndra, which of
course Republicans would say is a bad thing.
@Moderate - nobody's glossing anything. Most of us are just smart enough to
recognize the difference between private parties voluntarily gambling with their
own money (often a good thing that spurs economic growth), and the government
gambling with tax dollars, which needs to be a safer bet than Solyndra.
Jimmy, I reached a similar conclusion. Does any one know the criteria for a
"free lunch"? It looks like at lest 70% of the students qualify, and
they are "white", based on the demographics provided. It also looks like
the Granite School District needs some new management and some active parents
demanding more from their children's educators.
LetsDebate:And too-big-to-fail corporate bailouts with no strings
attached aren't "gambling with tax dollars"? Bush had no problems
with them.Under President Obama, government spending has grown at
the slowest rate in sixty years. "Obamacare" was originally a
Republican idea (Ask Mitt Romney.) The Dow is 4,000 points higher today than
when he took office. I know a lot of people here think that anybody to the left
of Glenn Beck is a raving socialist, but Obama has actually been VERY centrist
and moderate (To a fault at some times, in my opinion...)
Clinton may be morally bankrupt, but he isn't dumb. Anybody who compares
Romney and Obama knows who is the better candidate to lead the country right
now. It's the economy, stupid!
Earnest, though I don't agree with the sentiment, I liked the mixed
Clinton is no dummy and he knows that a community organizer and law professor
with no experience as a leader can't measure up to a former governor and
extremely successful businessman who actually has experience as a leader.
I think everything Clinton does is to benifit Clinton. I agree with Letsdebate.
@KJB1 - Everything Obama says about our economy and his spending is widely
criticized by pretty much everyone except the Obama spin machine. VERY centrist
with controlled spending? Wow - apparently there are still a few who drink the
Kool-Aid every day.
Clinton may be morally bankrupted but he does know about money as that talks to
him. As President, he and the Congress didn't always see eye to eye, as
Gingrich made him have to be fiscally conservative during the last 4 years.
President Bush had Congress at his disadvantage since Pelosi and Reid joined
hands in 2006. That is a plus and minus for our type of government but it
allows for a protection when we have at least two parties vying for the various
offices. This is really true for the House of Representatives where every two
years they are up for reelection. That gives people in the local U.S.
Congressional District a chance to give their say and concerns for what their
constituents are saying and at the ballot box. Whether Senator Hatch likes it
or not it aligns his thinking to his constituents, at least until the election
is over. Then it is commitment, which he has shown for us over the past 36
years. President Clinton is a politician and only dies over his moral issues.
His wife has put up with a lot for his actions over the years. She is political
At a time when many Americans can barely afford Burger King and a movie, Obama
boasts of spending a billion dollars on his re-election campaign. Questioned at
a recent appearance about the spiraling fuel costs, Obama said, "Get used to
Could it be; Bill is setting up things for Hillary in 2016???
The idea that Romney's election would make it easier for Hillary Clinton to
run in 2016 doesn't make any sense. If Obama is reelected, he
wouldn't be able to run in 2016 because of the 2 term limit, which would
leave the field wide open for the Democratic nomination. If Romney is elected,
he would have all the advantages of incumbancy in 2016.