Romney presidency 'calamitous' - Clinton

2012-06-05 22:21

New York - Former President Bill Clinton warned that a Mitt Romney presidency would be "calamitous" for America and the world, going further than even President Barack Obama in depicting the consequences of a return to Republican rule of the White House.

With Obama standing to one side, Clinton slammed the Republican presidential candidate by name.

Clinton said Obama has earned a second term because of his steering of the economy through a "miserable situation" and "the alternative would be, in my opinion, calamitous for our country and the world".

Economic focus

Clinton and Obama were focusing their message on Monday on economic opportunity. Polls show that economic trends are likely to determine the election, a development that could help Romney if the economy sags significantly. Obama and Romney were tied at 46% in Gallup polling last week of national election preferences.

Clinton's take came as he helped raise at least $3.6m for Obama at three New York fundraisers. The two have patched over a personal rift from the 2008 campaign when Obama defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton in a bitter Democratic primary. But Clinton caused some heartburn in Obama's campaign last week by remarking that Romney had a "sterling" business record - an assertion that undercut Democrats' criticism of Romney's decisions at the private equity firm Bain Capital.

For his part, Obama said the economy had been difficult for so many voters that some could reach the point that "you're willing to try just about anything, even if you've seen it before."

Clinton also said at the fundraiser that Republicans and Romney have adopted Europe's economic policies. "Who would have ever thought that the Republicans who made a living for decades deriding Old Europe would embrace their economic policies," he said.

For his part, Obama said the economy had been difficult for so many voters that some could reach the point that "you're willing to try just about anything, even if you've seen it before."

'Changed' Republican Party

Obama told donors that he was seeking re-election against a changed Republican Party. "They have run from a preference for market-based solutions to absolutism when it comes to the marketplace, a belief that all regulations are bad, that government has no role to play," he said.

Clinton's larger point in the interview last week was that Obama is the better choice to steer the economy, and the White House denied that Clinton "made news." Still, the televised remark gave Republicans campaign gold just as the government released a disappointing report saying the United States created far fewer new jobs in May than expected - a big political blow for Obama.

Clinton's ability to deliver campaign dollars and his record as a sound campaign strategist make him an asset to the Obama campaign that apparently outweighs any drawbacks.

Obama campaign bundler and billionaire investor Marc Lasry held an exclusive reception on  Monday night, followed by a gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, where rocker Jon Bon Jovi closed a dinner concert with the upbeat Beatles anthem "Here Comes the Sun."

Taking the stage a short while later, Clinton harkened back to the better economic days of his presidency.

"Remember me? I'm the guy who gave you four surplus budgets out of the eight I sent" to Congress, he said to applause.

The evening concluded with an event dubbed "Barack on Broadway" at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Obama will return to Manhattan next week for a fundraiser at the home of "Sex and the City" actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

  • Dakey - 2012-06-06 00:24

    Asking Clinton to babysit your kids, that would be 'calamitous'

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-06 01:43

    Says the man who had his brains sucked out of his d*ck!!!!

  • wesleywt - 2012-06-06 05:30

    I see morons are rather focussing on Clinton, than Romney's believe about marrying many many women. He also wants to invade Iran. China and India is not going to like that. Therefore calamitous to the world.

  • Kevin - 2012-06-06 05:47

    Those democrats talk well but deliver little - the less any governmnet has to do with business the better - either be a businessman or a politician - you cant be both - just ask Africa...!

  • afrikeni - 2012-06-06 07:07

    So the paragraph staring with 'For his part..' Has been repeated in this article. News24, do you have editors, sub editors etc who actually know their jobs?

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-06-06 07:17

    Where IS your budget Mr President (Obama)? What no budget, why? IDIOT. "calamitous",You were the cause of major misfortune or loss to your country! Mr Clinton you were impeached were you not? At least Romney HAS a history in business.

      Pagel - 2012-06-06 07:38

      "Mr Clinton you were impeached were you not?" - No, he was not.

      jean.rossouwsa - 2012-06-06 08:28

      Why was Monica your sister?

      wesleywt - 2012-06-06 09:44

      jean not afraid to display ignorance. The Republicans blocked the budget... They would rather destroy the country than allow Obama to do anything.

  • Jimmy - 2012-06-06 07:31

    Going forward the world will do well with or without America Mr Clinton.

      Chez - 2012-06-06 12:21

      Oh how I wish that was true.

  • Jan - 2012-06-06 08:14

    He should know from experience what a calamatous presidency is.

      wesleywt - 2012-06-06 09:52

      Clinton ran a massive budget surplus that Bush destroyed within a presidency. The surplus destruction the republicans blame on Obama now.

  • pws69 - 2012-06-06 08:45

    Ron Paul would be the only good US president right now. Check out how many of Obamas major campaign promises have been kept. Zilch.

      wesleywt - 2012-06-06 09:47

      Pulled out of Iraq check Killed Osama check Saved the motor industry check Saved the banking industry check Increased employment check Decreased petrol prices check Kept up Science funding check Pulling out of Afghanistan in progress Tried to implement health insurance for the poor...blocked by republicans Tried to remove the tax cuts for the rich...blocked by republicans Tried to block detection without trial...blocked by republicans Tried to close Gitmo...blocked by republicans

  • LanfearM - 2012-06-06 09:10

    These comments are really pathetic. Focussing on Clinton's little sex scandal which was only a scandal because it was in America! In France for instance, nobody blinked an eye when Mitterand's years long affair was made public. Clinton was a good president. He left the treasury flowing with money, a strong economy, etc. etc. etc. Bush f*cked all that up. Obama is trying to clean up Bush's mess and being blamed for the consequences of Bush's mistakes. @ pws69 - oh please, Ron Paul would only be a good president if all the Americans wanted to live in the Dark Ages.

      Buzz - 2012-06-06 11:02

      No, Clinton laid the groundwork for screwing up the economy before he left office. he dictated policy that allowed many persons to buy homes far above their means (via fanny mae and freddie mac), then a few years later everything collapsed when these uncreditworthy persons could not pay back their loans...

  • Chez - 2012-06-06 12:20

    Heaven help us all if the republicans get in. Romney is a twisted right-wing nutcase. But then, I have always said that Obama talks a great talk but doesn't quite live up to it. great speakers do not necessarily great leaders make.

      marietjie.davel - 2012-06-07 02:13

      and what is the problem with being right winged? if I read my Bible I am also right winged. Please grow up. America wont become a communist party.(in your dreams)

  • marietjie.davel - 2012-06-07 02:09


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