Clinton urges Colorado to reelect Obama
DENVER — Former President Bill Clinton, who crystallized the case for President Barack Obama’s reelection in a show-stopping performance two months ago at the Democratic National Convention, offered a reprisal of his star turn in Charlotte during two campaign speeches in the metro area Tuesday night.
Speaking without notes, Clinton bounced from policy point to policy point, contrasting Obama’s position and accomplishments with those of Republican Mitt Romney, and summarizing each issue with a simple refrain — that Obama’s policy is better.
“If you look to the future, the president’s economic plan is better, his education plan is better, his healthcare plan is better and his budget plan is better,” Clinton said to a crowd of 500 supporters at Adams City High School in Commerce City. “Why? Because it is rooted in the idea of shared prosperity, not trickle-down. That we’re all in this together, not you’re on your own.”
Clinton, who was dispatched on a tour of several swing states after the president cancelled his campaign rallies because of Sandy, the storm that buried the east coast and killed at least 10 people in New York, praised the president’s record, touching on the auto industry bailouts, the Affordable Care Act, ending the war in Iraq, and reforming student loans for college students.
Clinton argued that Romney isn’t serious about real debt reduction, pointing to the GOP nominee’s proposal for an additional $2 trillion in defense spending.
“Their idea of debt reduction is putting a debt clock at their convention,” Clinton said.
Clinton also re-framed Romney’s promise to create 12 million new jobs over the next four years, citing analysts who have said that future job growth
“I am sure it is just a coincidence but Gov. Romney came out with that 12 million figure shortly after two independent business groups, Moody’s Analytics and Microeconomic Advisers, said ‘if we don’t do anything to mess up what the president’s already done, we’ll get 12 million new jobs in the next four years’.
“Essentially, [Romney's] argument is: ‘get him out of there so I can take credit for the jobs his policies are going to create’.”
And after touting the benefits of Obamacare, Clinton, in a direct appeal to women, hit Romney not for statements about de-funding Planned Parenthood or overturning Roe v. Wade but for an inability to articulate a position on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — simultaneously portraying Romney as someone who’s unwilling to stand up for women in the workplace and a candidate unwilling to make his real positions known.
“[He] still won’t say whether he would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Act,” Clinton said. “How hard is it to decide? The answer is yes or no.
“One of the things George W. Bush said that I really agreed with is that the president is the
decider in chief. So would you support the bill or not? Eh,” Clinton said, impersonating Romney with a shrug of his shoulders.
Romney’s campaign, unable to attack the president as stridently in the aftermath of the storm, released a statement Tuesday night, contending that Clinton’s visit to Colorado is a sign the president is worried about losing the state.
Obama himself is campaigning in Boulder Thursday; although Paul Ryan, Romney’s running-mate, is also set to be in Greeley that day, and Romney himself is set to appear at a campaign rally at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater in Arapahoe County on Saturday night.
“With one week to go until Election Day, Bill Clinton’s visit to the Denver area is illustrative of a very worried Obama campaign” said the RNC’s Ellie Wallace. “Colorado is a state that Obama won by nine points in 2008, but today, his standing with Colorado voters couldn’t be more different.
“Our nation is at a turning point and voters face a big choice in this election to change our country’s course. With an eight percent unemployment rate, rising gas prices and a growing $16 trillion debt, Coloradans know they can’t afford four more years like the last four years. Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan are offering a positive vision for the future, which will strengthen the middle class and get America working again.”