Bill Clinton on Romney strategy: "I look like a president, I act like a president.... Elect me!"

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If enough people really understood just how backwards Mitt Romney's policies were in so many different areas, the race for the White House wouldn't be as close as it is a week before election day.

This was a recurring message from ex-President Bill Clinton, who came to Denver yesterday for Obama, after the president canceled a Colorado appearance due to Hurricane Sandy.

Clinton, who played an important role championing Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, made stops at two schools yesterday -- first in Commerce City, then in Denver, at Manual High School. At the latter, Clinton broke down the president's policies step-by-step, arguing that the Obama plan pushes forward an inclusive path to recovery, while the Romney strategy is one that furthers inequality or in many cases, remains very much unknown, given the Republican candidate's tendencies to flip-flop, depending on the setting.

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Bill Clinton at Manual High School
In a thirty-minute address (longer than the typical stump speeches from Obama and Romney), Clinton began by criticizing the role of money in politics and the polarizing nature of the elections across the country.

"My experience is that in the modern world, where there are a lot of complicated problems...cooperation works and conflict doesn't," he said. "Evidence works and ideology doesn't. Arithmetic works and illusion doesn't. A philosophy that says we're all in this together works better than 'You're on your own.' Shared prosperity and shared responsibility work better than 'Give it to the top and hope it trickles down.'"

Clinton spoke after the usual Colorado surrogates for Obama addressed the crowd -- Mayor Michael Hancock, Representative Diana DeGette and Governor John Hickenlooper, who all appeared at Obama's City Park rally last week.

With Clinton's stops just days after Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, rallied in Lakewood, and two days before the president is expected to visit Boulder, it's clear that the campaign is maintaining a steady stream of high-profile events in the key swing state of Colorado between now and election day.

"You've heard from all the previous speakers that it's a close election," he said. "It shouldn't be. But it is."

Clinton said there are three major issues in the race.

"Which candidate is more likely to restore the middle class with jobs and incomes and give poor people an honorable chance to work?"

"Obama!" the crowd shouted back.

"Which candidate is more likely to build a new economy? You can't go back to the 1990s. You've got to build a 21st Century prosperity based on 21st Century jobs and educating and training people to do that work," Clinton said, prompting another cry of "Obama!"

"Which candidate is more likely to do what every president is charged with doing?" he continued as voters offered an "Obama!" before he could even finish his sentence. "To form a more perfect union!... Our eternal mission is to widen the circle of opportunity, to deepen the meaning of freedom, to strengthen the bonds of our community. The answer to those three questions is President Barack Obama."

After this more philosophical argument for the president, Clinton went on the offense.

"Governor Romney's case is just what it always was. We left you a mess. It's not fully fixed. Put us in, throw him out. Let us do what we did before on steroids," Clinton said. "The essential argument of Governor Romney is, 'Hey, I look like a president, I act like a president. I proved I can change my message for any circumstance.... So elect me and I'll claim the credit for the jobs that Barack Obama's policies [created]."

Continue for more from Clinton's speech and photos from the rally.


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Paha
Paha

Bubba, what 'is' the meaning of the word 'is'? People remember that you lied infront of a grand jury and that you were impeached as a President. Your credibility with the American people has been incredibly low, after the Monica episode. Of all people, you cannot influence anyone's vote. So, go home and rest!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

That was WAY cool of Hillary allowing Bill to make an appearance in Denver !

Now , if only we could put her & Palin in one of those UFC cages !!!

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

Clinton a great man?? LoL hes the only president in our lifetime to face impeachment hearings.......lied about not inhaling..wtf?? Him and his somewhat wife are the  ones WHO STARTED THE STUPID BIRTHER RUMORS!!!  and he  not only cheated on his wife while being our president....but did it in the fucking oval office!!!???? then bold face lied about it...ya i care what candidate a fuck up like him endorses lol

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

Romney "acts like a president" thats better than the current one who wouldn't know how to act like a president. @Kenny god thing he spent bilions to save Chrysler so they can move Jeep production to China. Nice job creating chinese jobs.

Kenny Nordell
Kenny Nordell

Obama's installed regulations in wall street, saved Detroit, brought about universal healthcare and extended unemployment compensation during a time of criss. Or as Fox News would put it: a dismal record. Failure my ass, Talk to McConnell about his failures you moron.

Kenny Nordell
Kenny Nordell

Todd, Clinton did what no Republican of late did. He balanced the budget. gfy

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

Clinton was and is a great man. His humanitarian and philanthropical commitments after his term as POTUS confirms his promise to work for the people of the United States. If you notice it's Bill Clinton they send in to heal and talk with international leaders (Korea) it's Bill Clinton who is called when we need an idea or an opinion about international policy (middle East & China) Why? Because he is respected in the World. Mitt Romney doesn't have a clue how to lead. Why do you think the people of MA are voting for Obama and not Mitt? Because they know what poor leadership they had when he was Governor. Mitt Romney doesn't have a foreign policy because he really doesn't know what is going on in the world unless his staff briefs him. Mitt Romney is not respected by world leaders. They don't even really know who he is or care.

Todd Elsen
Todd Elsen

Look like a president, act like a horn dog. Clinton's strategy.

Denver Tina
Denver Tina

I'm old and white and don't want gays and women to have rights - elect me.

Mick Wenlock
Mick Wenlock

seems that Clintons argument for Obama is "look at me, I have failed and failed again and never did manage to act like a president - elect me"

perfect7
perfect7

 @rockiesfever I could give a fuck about his personal life, Clinton pulled us out of a deeper debt than anyone in my lifetime and probably yours. If he pulled us out of the same debt while licking Taiwanese hookers' assholes in the oval office I  wouldn't care either

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever 

 

How many people died from Clinton's lie?

 

How many 100,000s of innocent people died from George aWol Bu$h's lies?

 

Be specific, and show your work.

 

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @perfect7 cool. i can appreciate that. personal life is irrelevant. that said, lets stop worrying about the romneys finances then too right? thats personal life shit too

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