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Published on: June 4, 2012 10:48 PM
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Former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama wave to the crowd during a campaign event at the Waldorf Astoria, Monday, June 4, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)New York - Former President Bill Clinton warned Monday that a Mitt Romney presidency would be “calamitous” for the nation 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 thoughtfully to one side, Clinton slammed Romney by name, an apparent rebuttal to his own comments last week that were widely seen as flattering to Romney’s background in business.

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

Clinton’s take came as he helped raise at least $3.6 million 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.

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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.”

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.” The televised remark nonetheless 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.

Obama and Clinton also are on opposite sides of a close Democratic congressional primary contest in New Jersey. Clinton also campaigned last week for Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett. Barrett faces Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a special recall election contest on Tuesday but has seen little backing from the Democratic Party or Obama.

Romney’s campaign sought to exploit the differences, circulating Clinton’s comments from a December 2007 interview on PBS in which he suggested that electing Obama would carry some risks. “When is the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the Senate before he started running?” Clinton said.

Still, 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. For Clinton, Obama is not only the head of their shared party, he may be the best entree for a second Clinton administration if Hillary Clinton were to run for president in 2016.

The two appeared together at a fundraiser in April and plan several more joint events across the country. Clinton has also recorded a video for Obama and sent campaign emails to supporters.

Obama campaign bundler and billionaire investor Marc Lasry held an exclusive reception 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.

Clinton and Obama were focusing their message 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 percent in Gallup polling last week of national election preferences.

“They’ve got a nominee who is expressing support for an agenda that would reverse the progress we made and take us back to the exact same policies that got us into this process in the first place,” Obama said, although he complimented Romney by name for his success in business.

The evening was to conclude 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.

While Obama was in New York, Romney was on the West Coast to attend fundraisers in Portland, Ore., and Seattle.

Obama’s campaign released a video of campaign manager Jim Messina urging supporters to “stay focused, work hard and ignore the ups and downs.” The campaign included a map listing eight undecided states: Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Florida.

Lasry, head of the hedge fund Avenue Capital, told CNBC last week that private capital investment as practiced by Bain Capital can do worthwhile things. He shrugged off as “politics” Obama’s recent references to investment choices he claims have ravaged jobs for the sake of investors’ profits.

About 50 people attended the $40,000-per-ticket reception at Lasry’s home, an art-filled townhouse on Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side. Tickets to the 500-person gala at the Waldorf began at $2,500. Those who contribute $35,800 or raise $100,000 get access to a smaller reception with Obama.

The concert at the New Amsterdam Theater was expected to draw 1,700 people. Tickets for that event started at $250, the Obama campaign said.



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 Jun 05, 2012 at 01:03 AM eighthcomment Says:

Calamitous is what we've had for 4 years.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 01:38 AM Anonymous Says:

If he wants his hunt to be president, he better hope for romney. If we have another 4 years of obama, a democrat will NEVER be elected.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 04:26 AM bewhiskered Says:

When it comes to the flip flop, there's always Mitt
Who changes his mind more oft than he'll admit
By the time his head has turned
We must all be very concerned
It's still facing frontwards, isn't it?

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 07:07 AM Anonymous Says:

yeah because the country is doing so great now,
what an idiot

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 01:49 AM BPGUY Says:

How right is president clinton
How scary is it to have a fake like mitt who will embrace the tea party principles just to prove he's a conservative.
The last year of Reagan in office his policies sent our economy down the drain.
The last year and a half of bush our economy went down the drain.
Obama is merely trying to clean up the mess created by bush for 8 years its hard but were getting there.
"Bill we miss your years"

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
BPGUY Says:

How right is president clinton
How scary is it to have a fake like mitt who will embrace the tea party principles just to prove he's a conservative.
The last year of Reagan in office his policies sent our economy down the drain.
The last year and a half of bush our economy went down the drain.
Obama is merely trying to clean up the mess created by bush for 8 years its hard but were getting there.
"Bill we miss your years"

To #3 and #5

I bet you are in the employ of Obama's disinformation unit that posts prejudiced to put this jerk in a positive light

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:13 AM Buchwalter Says:

Reply to #1  
eighthcomment Says:

Calamitous is what we've had for 4 years.

Calamitous is what the current white house occupier inheited . The invisible stealinjg hand on wall street. TaX breaks to risk investors and the money goes puff no problem more to come. Legalized thievery enirching a few on the backs of many

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:20 AM bewhiskered Says:

Reply to #1  
eighthcomment Says:

Calamitous is what we've had for 4 years.

“Calamitous is what we've had for 4 years.”

And, G.W. Bush lied to get us into one war while we were already in Afghanistan, cut taxes for the wealthy, deregulated Wall Street and the Banks so they could destroy the economy for their personal greed, ignored the victims of Hurricane Katrina, etc., etc.

Don't you think that's as calamitous as it can get? Oh, pardon me. I forgot that GW was white!

Conflictingly involved in oil production
Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction
One thing is certain
It was all for Halliburton
And, to the wealthy he bestowed tax deduction.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:21 AM SandmanNY Says:

Obama is a Communist at worst - a sympathizer at best. Look at who trained him and who influenced him. The Democratic party is overrun by Socialists. Do you really want to further abdicate your freedoms to this rabble? Wake up, Yidden. At least remember this - Romney knows what it means to work for a living, not climbing up the ladder of entitlements.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
BPGUY Says:

How right is president clinton
How scary is it to have a fake like mitt who will embrace the tea party principles just to prove he's a conservative.
The last year of Reagan in office his policies sent our economy down the drain.
The last year and a half of bush our economy went down the drain.
Obama is merely trying to clean up the mess created by bush for 8 years its hard but were getting there.
"Bill we miss your years"

i am sure you are aware that the democrats controlled everything the last 2 years of bush's years, thats why the countries is in such bad shape
how much more $ should obama spend to "try and help" the country, another $30 trillion?
how much higher does unemployment need to go before you belize he is destroying this country
how many more people need to be depended on government aid, food stamps?

I am also sure you are aware that while clinton was in office messing around during his 2 term is when the republicans took control and thats when the country got back on track

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
BPGUY Says:

How right is president clinton
How scary is it to have a fake like mitt who will embrace the tea party principles just to prove he's a conservative.
The last year of Reagan in office his policies sent our economy down the drain.
The last year and a half of bush our economy went down the drain.
Obama is merely trying to clean up the mess created by bush for 8 years its hard but were getting there.
"Bill we miss your years"

which part of Bill will you miss, the monica lewinsky part?
the part where he lies to everyone"i did not have sexual relations with that women"?
or "in fact i did have a relation with that women"?
the part where abuses women?
just wondering

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:30 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

"Former President Bill Clinton warned Monday that a Mitt Romney presidency would be “calamitous” for the nation and the world..."



Ahhhh, good ol' Bill Clinton. Telling it like it is politically, since '92! (LOL)

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:36 AM Anonymous Says:

I'd rather have Nixon in the White house than Huesein Obama

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:38 AM firsht Says:

Bill we miss you and your company

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:43 AM Butterfly Says:

To #5 You have it right on the dot!! Where are all the manufacturing jobs people?? Who sends their office jobs to India, Poland, Romania, Phillipines etc. so that they do not have to pay taxes and pay less than minimum wage?

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 10:25 AM BPGUY Says:

Bush was the one who got us into this mess in the first place.
Bush was the one who started with the bail outs for the big banks and the auto industry bush raised the debt ceiling 8 times then the phony republican party had no issue with any of the above but not they do cause they want to sabotage the economy so they can win a election they don't care about the average american person.
bush gave tax cuts to the wealthiest one percent of this country gave the oil companies who make trillions tax breaks in a time when the federal government was running out of money and we are still dealing with his mess.
Bush lied this country into war that costed trillions and thousands of u.s. Lives republicans had no issue with that but have a issue when obama bombed libya they cry foul.
Go read up on how much money was lost and wasted in iraq.
Republicans care about the rich and that's it.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 11:27 AM anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
SandmanNY Says:

Obama is a Communist at worst - a sympathizer at best. Look at who trained him and who influenced him. The Democratic party is overrun by Socialists. Do you really want to further abdicate your freedoms to this rabble? Wake up, Yidden. At least remember this - Romney knows what it means to work for a living, not climbing up the ladder of entitlements.

You know very little about communism or political parties. Obama is a millionar, his friends are millionars and that is the first time anyone has stated without proving millionars as communist sympathizer. He climbed the easy ladder of entitlement , his father's inheritance which channeled him to law school without having to take loans and his achievement vulture capatitalism. Get the sand out of your eyes

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 12:04 PM Shimon Says:

Clinton changes his tune more often than the weather. That's not news. The real shanda relating to this story is the dollars donated by rich Jews to Obama in these fundraisers.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 12:46 PM Sherree Says:

Let's get real here. Clinton could care less whether Obama wins or loses. he is fighting hard to keep his wife in office. He owes her big time!!!

obama's original platform was "change"! Why does he not mention it now in his new campaign? Because he doesn't want to remind you of all the bad choices he made. He doesn't want to remind you of the changes he made that steered the country and our politics in the wrong direction. He has nothing to show for himself. We are not better off than we were when he took over. There is no stability in the middle east, just chaos and he doesn't know who to back. Not among his Arab brothers let alone between athe Arabs and the Israelis who he has led like sheep to the slaughter.

He has no sense of propriety nor respect for the Whitehouse or what it stands for. Here is one message you can give him for me "were you brought up in a barn? Get your d----d feet off the furniture. That furniture is only on loan to you, it belongs to the American people, show some respect!". And another thing on your very first visit to the middle east you apologized to the Arabs for all the former administrations treatment of them. How dare you? Where do you come off speaking for them and the rest of the American people, saying that they were wrong in any way?????????????? That right there and then was the beginning of your downfall, you who was still wet behind the ears assuming that you were better and smarter than all those that proceeded you. The faster you get out of the Whitehouse the better, what the heck, I'll volunteer to help you move.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 12:53 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Shimon Says:

Clinton changes his tune more often than the weather. That's not news. The real shanda relating to this story is the dollars donated by rich Jews to Obama in these fundraisers.

The donations are good to offset the semi-fascist Koch brothers funding. You people are ignorant about fascism [ Jews were involved] and Communism {Trotzki and company]. You have been oblivious to severe political changes but milked the government for whatever you can [section 8, food stampc ,etc. ]and screaming socialism, shame on you

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM PMOinFL Says:

Clinton is probably right that Romney will be calamitous for us, but what do you want when the entertainment media gets to pick our candidates?

I don't think Romney will really be any better for this country than Obama because he is not a Conservative, and he is not a Keynesian. Those are the two things we need today to get us out of this hole.

I was hoping to see another candidate like Bob Barr as a 3rd party candidate, but sadly the Libertarian Party has put up Gary Johnson who opposes most US support for Israel and opposes military action in Iran.

For that reason I may have to hold my nose and vote for a major party candidate. To me it is a choice between a punch in the nose and a kick to the gut. But, first and foremost, Obama has to go. So, I'm stuck holding my nose, holding back the vomit, and likely voting for Romney.

If Gary Johnson is willing to reconsider our nation's relationship with Israel and recognize that it is unwavering, I would love to come back and vote for him. But he MUST fully embrace the idea that for the US and Israel, it is "One For All & All For One".

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 01:50 PM qazxc Says:

Don't worry about the USA under Mitt Romney. If we can survive eight years of GW Bush we can survive four or eight years of Romney too.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 04:34 PM anonymous Says:

Romney's political philosophy is like a weather vane , changes according to political opportunism,

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 04:53 PM anonymous Says:

Mr. Immelt CEO of the most successful national and international United States Corporation GE and an economic advisor to the President has stated GE cannot find enough high skilled techincal employees.The reason lack of training in education which is costly and available to the wealthy. Mr. Romney's remedy vouchers which would destroy the availability of education to all Americans. Johns Hopkins has a top in this country pediatric neurosurgeon a product of public education Dr. Ben Carson

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM This Clinton shandah Says:

He got chutzpah. After leaving America exposed to BIN Laden when he could of had his head on a silver platter. He is going to give us advice.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 05:56 PM Anon Says:

Reply to #9  
SandmanNY Says:

Obama is a Communist at worst - a sympathizer at best. Look at who trained him and who influenced him. The Democratic party is overrun by Socialists. Do you really want to further abdicate your freedoms to this rabble? Wake up, Yidden. At least remember this - Romney knows what it means to work for a living, not climbing up the ladder of entitlements.

This would be amusing if there weren't so many low effort thinkers like you repeating everything you hear on Fox and right-wing radio and never checking the real facts. Please do us all a favor and look up the definitions of Communist and Socialist. Obama's policies are nowhere near Communism and Socialism. Since when do Communists loan money to banks and private industry and appoint Wall Streeters like Tim Geithner to public office? Obama is a moderately conservative Democrat whose policies are closer to Eisenhower and Nixon, while today's Republicans have policies closer to the John Birch Society. You don't have to like him, but repeating the foolish lies you hear from so-called pundits is not productive.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 07:44 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #26  
Anon Says:

This would be amusing if there weren't so many low effort thinkers like you repeating everything you hear on Fox and right-wing radio and never checking the real facts. Please do us all a favor and look up the definitions of Communist and Socialist. Obama's policies are nowhere near Communism and Socialism. Since when do Communists loan money to banks and private industry and appoint Wall Streeters like Tim Geithner to public office? Obama is a moderately conservative Democrat whose policies are closer to Eisenhower and Nixon, while today's Republicans have policies closer to the John Birch Society. You don't have to like him, but repeating the foolish lies you hear from so-called pundits is not productive.

Well said , succintly and true. Our so called "conservaitve" yidden should know and unfortunately have no clue of history as you state that the John Birch society had some convinced and active antisemities in its ranks

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 08:03 PM anonymous Says:

The fact is that particularly the frum community has lived off programs which on this website have been called socialistic, communistic and everything else ruminated by Rush and his cohorts. However ,entire communities would be in shables if the spicket of section 8, food stamps and other so called socialistic leftists program would be turned off. We have created an artificial edifice which abhors Reb Yochanan h'sandler, Rambam the physician and Rashi the vintner. Instead we have created a generation expecting and demanding handouts. We castigate the federal government and watch while this society becomes more have-nots and fatter-haves on the back of the have-nots. We give out tax breaks for "job creation" instead the accumulated wealth is invested "in risk investments" which disappear in the thin air. We dislike atheist but have heavily invested and channeled billions of dollar in the fine democratic society of China. We even have products which hechsheirim from China. The epitomy of hipocrisy. Of course we don't like abortions but China does force abortion. How more hypocritical can you be.

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 Jun 06, 2012 at 01:51 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #9  
SandmanNY Says:

Obama is a Communist at worst - a sympathizer at best. Look at who trained him and who influenced him. The Democratic party is overrun by Socialists. Do you really want to further abdicate your freedoms to this rabble? Wake up, Yidden. At least remember this - Romney knows what it means to work for a living, not climbing up the ladder of entitlements.

"Obama is a Communist at worst - a sympathizer at best. Look at who trained him and who influenced him. The Democratic party is overrun by Socialists."


Yawn. Aren't people like you getting SICK of the rhetoric about President Obama being such a "Communist"?! LOL

Well, I know *I* am! (:-P

If he's such a "Communist"... why don't we have a Universal Health care policy, like every OTHER industrialized country in the world?!

If he's such a "Communist"... why don't we have a fairer minimum wage policy, or more affordable education at the college level??

If he's such a "Communist"... why haven't we gotten rid of the oil subsidies yet or the gov't subsidies for billionaire companies that don't need it?!

If we TRULY had "Socialism" in this country right now... why are so many people living hand to mouth, while the richest amongst us have made the highest profits in their history?! They're literally making 271% MORE than what the guy at the bottom does... and yet somehow, this makes sense & seems fair to people like you? That feels like "Socialism" to you?! LOL

That doesn't even make any sense!

Ugh, this whole communist, socialist, marxist crap is getting so tiresome!

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 Jun 06, 2012 at 04:08 PM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #9  
SandmanNY Says:

Obama is a Communist at worst - a sympathizer at best. Look at who trained him and who influenced him. The Democratic party is overrun by Socialists. Do you really want to further abdicate your freedoms to this rabble? Wake up, Yidden. At least remember this - Romney knows what it means to work for a living, not climbing up the ladder of entitlements.

I don't totally disagree with you.

But, Obama is far from a Communist. Let's at least keep our criticism within the confines of reality. Obama is pretty typical Democrat, using the government to "better" people's lives.

I don't agree with that approach, but it is far from Communism. Loaning money to banks and infusing money into the capitalist economy is not something a Communist does, it is something a CAPITALIST does. So, the notion of Communism sounds funny coming from entertainers on radio and TV, but doesn't even REMOTELY hold up on the sniff test.

Secondly, I don't know who you think "trained" him. He went to Harvard and Columbia Universities... just like many Republicans.

Let's be real here. Obama is pretty average for a Democrat. If you want to see what REAL socialist policies sound like, go talk to Bernie Sanders.

Finally, you talk about "abdicating your freedoms". Obama has not curbed ANY of your existing freedoms. You can't name a single one. On the other hand, the Republican Party passed the "Patriot Act" which all but removed the 4th Amendment from our Constitution. Romney SUPPORTED it.

So, which party wants us to "abdicate" our freedoms again?

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