Obama and Bill Clinton on same page?
Former president's role in 2012 campaign
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- Date Jun 5, 2012
Former president's role in 2012 campaign
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President Bill Clinton on the stump helping the president President Obama -- reelection effort but.
Some are asking if these two democratic power houses are really on the same page.
They're scheduled to appear together at a fund raiser tonight after several events yesterday in New York City.
Clinton took the chance to -- into president Obama's rival Mitt Romney.
Clinton told the crowd that a Romney presidency in his opinion would be quote calamitous for our country and the world.
Clinton's comments so far cry from when he -- defended Romney's record at Bain Capital on national TV.
Mean of course the recent target of attacks by the president's campaign.
Clinton telling CNN.
I don't think we ought to get into the position where we say this is that work this is good work there's no question that in terms of getting up going to the office and basically performing the essential functions of the office.
A man who's been governor and had a sterling business career.
Crosses the qualification thresholds.
Well Bill Clinton did then walk those comments back but today there are at least two primaries in which the presidents are at all odds.
In New Jersey mr.
Clinton is backing bill passed grill mr.
Obama supports bill Rothman his competitor.
And in California Clinton is throwing his support behind Howard Berman who backed Hillary in 2008.
President Obama supports Brad Sherman.
So will their differences affect democratic unity in the presidential election.
Get a fair and balanced debate underway Simon Rosenberg is president and founder of and the end and a former Clinton Campaign advisor.
Chip Saltzman is the former campaign manager for Mike Huckabee for president gentlemen welcome.
And chip this in this this New Jersey election is so interesting -- you've got two sitting democratic members of congress.
Their districts have been re a portion -- so they both have to fight for the same seat.
And they're both getting support from the two different.
Democratic big -- is bill -- girl has mister Clinton's support mr.
Obama is supporting his challenger.
Who's gonna win.
Well it's going to be a tight race I think the both those endorsements matter I mean I think this is payback from.
Where the congressman endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the other congressmen and endorsed Obama's campaign and now we get see the clash.
The one thing about President Clinton that you -- -- -- a murder or not is he's a pretty loyal guy he's -- sports people that supported him or his wife four years ago -- her eight years.
Well and and Simon the -- endorsement of Bill Clinton is huge does it mean that bill passed growl.
Might go on to beat Steve Rothman.
We'll find out tonight it's them from everything we can tell it's a close election and I think all these races tonight are going to be.
Close but I look I think that a lot can be made of the disagreements -- -- politics is don't agree in any thing.
And on many things and if you look at Mitt Romney so his surrogates are going to be disagreeing with him on major issues but where.
I think the president the former president the current president are you know headed.
Is on -- fear and worry about the Romney economic policies and how it could do harm to the country that and I think that's where you're gonna see so I think Bill Clinton loves.
All this attention and gives them a -- platform to get out there and make his case for.
Barack Obama and against Mitt Romney so I think he welcomes this attention -- Well I'm sure you know Bill Clinton has never been one to shy away from a television camera.
But -- -- if he's so concerned about Mitt Romney -- go on CNN and CNN and talk about Romney's the sterling business career.
-- well I think I.
Go ahead -- them no sign and I'm sorry I I was thrown at you.
OK okay well I think look what he said and I think it's I don't think this is an area big disagreement I mean I think that.
What the president President Clinton was saying is that Mitt Romney is a legitimate and serious candidate for president he's done remarkable things.
In his life I think I don't think it's -- anyway inconsistent with what Barack Obama's been saying Barack Obama -- among those things that he is done.
Is pursued an economic philosophy that is left people unemployed in and his not the proper course the country I don't think these things are inconsistent.
Because you -- say somebody's qualified for president but you disagree with them.
On their economic approach and I think that's where if you listen to the president Clinton's statement last night it is clear.
That he is a 100% behind Barack Obama they are gonna be joined at the hip in this election.
And he is argue he is definitely the best surrogate that President Obama hasn't.
Selection chip from some say that putting Bill Clinton onstage next to the sitting president overshadows the sitting president does it.
I think it does a little bit I mean the one thing about Bill Clinton is he's never going to be -- talking point he's always gonna talk about what he wants to do he loves this attention.
And he was a very he's now a very popular president former president and he does overshadow.
Pres Obama especially in some states like North Carolina perhaps in Virginia and Wisconsin that we got coming up today as well.
And so Bill Clinton turned to this double edged sword at the Obama people Needham.
But they know that some places he's -- overshadow the president in certain areas.
Obviously -- there a lot of Democrats who would have preferred to see Hillary Clinton become the nominee and and go on to win the presidency.
Bob it is she's still -- viable candidate for four years from now and and is Bill Clinton perhaps trying to position his wife.
To become the next democratic president.
Well I think it's important to realize that you know at the end of that very divisive primary that Barack Obama brought Hillary Clinton into the government she's been an exceptional secretary of state that working.
Very well together and have had some of the biggest the biggest successes of this administration so far.
In my own view about Hillary and I think -- everyone is saying -- the same thing.
She's gonna -- served four years a secretary stations that take time.
And look at the environment I think there's a chance he runs I don't think we'll know for another year or so but.
If she does run she's going to be a very formidable candidate points sixteen all right Simon Rosenberg chip Saltzman.
Thank you bill.