Bill Clinton Systematically Dismantles Mitt Romney’s Case For The Presidency

September 6, 2012 | By
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Former US President Bill Clinton

 

During his speech at the Democratic National Convention last night,  Former President Bill Clinton systematically dismantles Mitt Romney’s case for throwing President Obama out of office.

TPM

Bill Clinton’s riveting, policy-heavy speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. has received praise from allies and foes alike. One key reason is that it systematically dismantled Mitt Romney’s case for throwing President Obama out of office — both the attacks on Obama’s record, and the GOP’s forward-looking policy agenda.

Here are the eight key GOP arguments Clinton chipped away at.

Economy

Clinton summed up the Republican’s economic case against Obama: “We left him a total mess. He hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough. So fire him and put us back in.” He told the roaring crowd, “No president — not me, not any of my predecessors, no one — could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.”

The ex-president pointed out that his economic policies in the 1990s took years to spur growth and he was pilloried for them until that happened. “He inherited a deeply damaged economy,” Clinton said. “He put a floor under the crash. He began the long, hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a modern, more well-balanced economy.”

Welfare reform

Clinton called the Romney campaign’s claim that Obama has gutted welfare reform — the bipartisan law the ex-president enacted in 1996 — “just not true.” He poked fun at the Republican ticket for purposefully fudging the facts.

“They keep on running the ads claiming it,” Clinton said. “You want to know why? Their campaign pollster said, ‘We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.’ Now, finally I can say, that is true. I couldn’t have said it better myself. And I hope you and every American within the sound of my voice remembers it every time they see one of those ads.”

Medicare cuts

“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” he said of the Romney-Ryan claim that Obama robbed Medicare, “because that $716 billion is exactly, to the dollar, the same amount of Medicare savings that [Ryan] has in his own budget. You got to get one thing — it takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.”

Pointing out that the savings were wrung from provider reimbursement reductions, Clinton argued, “There were no cuts to benefits at all — none.” He said Obama used the savings to close the prescription drug coverage gap, “and to add eight years to the life of the Medicare trust fund so it is solvent till 2024.”

Medicare privatization

Restoring the Medicare funds as Romney has vowed to do, Clinton said, would reduce the solvency of Medicare by those eight years.

“So if he’s elected, and if he does what he promised to do, Medicare will now grow broke in 2016,” he said. “Think about that. That means, after all, we won’t have to wait until their voucher program kicks in 2023 — to see the end of Medicare as we know it. They’re going to do it to us sooner than we thought.”

Read the whole story:  TPM

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