Obama taps Bill Clinton to play role at DNC convention
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- Duration 7:18
- Date Jul 30, 2012
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Presidency is going to reinforce the message that President Obama himself will be laying out.
A day or two later which is his belief.
If we're gonna strengthen our economy over the long term we need to do it by strengthening the middle class by investing in the middle class and growing -- economy from the middle out.
President Clinton resided over period of relative economic prosperity.
And it may remind people of what this president President Obama is not a leader on the economy.
The Obama campaign -- tapping former President Bill Clinton with a big speaking role at the Democratic Convention and also talking a lot more.
About the Clinton economy.
Also we'll wrap up by the Romney trip as it continues overseas it's time to talk with -- fox all stars back in Washington.
Bill Kristol editor of the weekly standard AB Stoddard associate editor of the hill and syndicated columnist Charles -- Okay B what about this focus on Clinton and his role at the DNC.
I mean Republican.
There is feeling -- little sour about it because they know that Bill Clinton is really Obama's best hope the best focus from the convention has absolutely necessary it.
I don't think it's a big risk I don't think Bill Clinton's gonna pay him back with some off the reservation remark I think it's the best thing for Hillary Clinton the best thing for Bill Clinton.
And the best thing for President Obama.
I think that Bill Clinton will be reminding.
He -- -- of the good housekeeping seal of approval for wavering Democrats and be reminding.
Democrats and independents watching.
That his record here historic deficit reduction with 22 million new jobs and he will critique.
Romney's approach the economy and Republican economic policies.
And I think he's the best as spokesman that that Obama could put forward.
At the convention especially on a big sports night that threatens -- her viewership.
I think it's just a win win for all three of them.
Charles does this indicate a a weakness with perhaps middle class.
White voters with the Obama campaign and remember last time for President Clinton went out he started by saying you should.
Keep going with all of the bush tax cuts.
Right now it is a sign of weakness he would be coming.
-- -- UH come -- a retirement unless Obama thought.
Enough he was ahead by ten points or even the five were having -- successful economy -- that's in the come out I think this is mostly.
Internal democratic politics.
If they were a large number of disaffected Hillary acolytes who went for Obama the general election.
In 2008 there were larger number today after the performance for the last four years and then thinking how we would've been had Hillary being the nominee and then president.
So I think it's a way to shore up those votes I don't think it has appeal outside -- democratic.
Party after all Clinton is not at all like Obama -- the guys who -- welfare.
He's a guy that was who declared to the government is over Obama lives.
I've created if you build it it was in you it was a government.
Completely different and I think it's the -- from the center right Democrat center left Democrat.
And a man of the left and -- I think it's going to be highlighted -- that speech and not it's not going to be mitigated.
Bill governor Romney is over Poland now after moving on from Israel his speech.
Said by many to be pretty strong on -- Ron take a listen to this.
We must lead the effort to prevent Iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons capability.
We should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course and it is our fervent hope.
And economic measures will do so.
In the final analysis of course no option should be excluded.
We recognize Israel's right to defend itself and that is right for America to stand with you -- -- what about this -- Well let -- rocky but the Jerusalem partners that home run I think.
Governor Romney is pro Israel it's that he was recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel -- that Israel and facing Iran.
And the government of people that the government and people in this -- are pro Romney.
And I -- that's not just appeal to Jewish voters that appeals to Americans who are pro Israel which most Americans are.
I think governor Romney very definitely highlighted the distance between President Obama.
And the government and State of Israel without criticizing President Obama without mentioning by name he nonetheless in the speech -- in the meetings.
The prime minister Netanyahu and his visits to the western law.
Highlighted that the fact that he is unequivocally pro Israel has a real sympathy I think.
With the people and State of Israel visiting the western wall people you know that was striking picture on the front page of the newspaper today especially because president Obama's drop in Israel as president state.
Maybe Jen Saki with the Obama campaign said this to reporters quote.
When you look at this trip it seems clear to bunch of fundraisers and photo ops and you know fumbles so we're not sure that that -- is moving the ball for ordered that he is passing the threshold.
He needs to meet for the American people whether he's prepared to be commander in chief.
They tried to jump on this trip.
Are they doing a good job.
Well I mean I agree with bill that they that the Israel portion of the trip has gone well it was a strong message to evangelical.
Voters back here at home that I bet Mitt Romney.
I can be trusted with his support for Israel.
Actually didn't really say anything different policy wise from the Obama administration many of the things he said President Obama has said recently.
He has a -- speeches and -- in other remarks it was Romney's -- and is fluent in his confidence that were the most effective.
After a really disastrous trip to London which I think the Democrats deserve to make fun out.
But in terms of his trip to Israel on the fact that -- old friends of the prime minister and he was able to us and asked a few fund -- and politicize it without stepping in -- too much.
Actually think it was probably an effective trip and and for people who are paying attention mostly to just what he said.
It looked very -- Charles.
Romney and performance in Israel was a master stroke.
It is true that the words were roughly what Obama said but it wasn't only the tone it was the new house.
Middle East diplomacy is conducted entirely code words in their lives.
And Romney have the ones of the middle easterners understand for example when he spoke about Iran Obama had also said Israel's right to defend itself if I was in the abstract.
Romney then added as we saw in the clip that America will be with few.
Meaning above -- says you can defend yourself but we know the behind the scenes.
He's giving a red light speaking about impediments leaking stuff that would indicate -- can't.
An Israeli strike wouldn't succeed Romney saying if you do it I'll stand with you you don't have to worry about America.
Punishing you afterwards.
And also on Iran acquiring nuclear weapons of Obama has said that.
But Romney spoke about.
Acquiring the knowledge and capacity building.
Obama has conceded young Iranian enrichment Romney is saying no we want to stop the program in its tracks these are huge difference is understood in the Middle East.
Without ever attacking Obama that was -- I was a great success.
All right panel thank you stay -- for.