Bill Clinton uses the word “calamitous” to describe the policies of Governor Romney, and in addition to being completely provocative language – the statement has the extra added benefit of being true. Former President Clinton draws a correlation between the policies of so called conservatives and those who imposed austerity in Europe; in short – conservatives in America are proposing the same failed policies that Europe has tried to enact and failed miserably. We’ve talked about this HERE and I’m glad see this thrown out in the public sphere. To implement European style austerity in America as Republicans have tried would be an abject failure and indeed….calamitous for our country and the world.
The AP has Clinton’s comments HERE:
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.
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.”
But the NY Times points out Clinton drawing a line between Republicans and policies in Europe HERE:
“The Republican Congress and their nominee for president, Governor Romney, have adopted Europe’s economic policies,” Mr. Clinton said, adding: “Their economic policy is austerity and unemployment now, and then a long-term budget that will explode the debt when the economy recovers so the interest rates would be so high, nobody would be able to do anything.”
In contrast, Mr. Clinton said, Mr. Obama’s economic agenda is “job growth now, and long-term budget restraint.”
“He’s got good policies. He’s got a good record. He’s made the best of a very challenging situation. He deserves to be re-elected,” Mr. Clinton said.
And he has “a pretty good secretary of state, too,” he added, to laughter and applause.
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