Gingrich: Clinton’s DNC speech ‘actually a condemnation’ of Obama

By David Edwards
Sunday, September 9, 2012 10:50 EDT
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Newt Gingrich speaks to CNN
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Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday asserted that former President Bill Clinton’s Democratic National Convention speech highlighting Barack Obama’s accomplishments was “actually a condemnation” of the current president.

“I actually thought parts of the Clinton speech were eerily anti-Obama,” Gingrich told Candy Crowley during an interview on CNN. “I mean, here’s Clinton saying, ‘I reformed welfare because I worked with Republicans, you didn’t, Mr. Obama.’ Think about it. ‘I had the longest period of economic growth in history, you didn’t, Mr. Obama. I got to four balanced budgets by working with Republicans, you didn’t, Mr. Obama.’”

“You can take his speech, spin it not very much, and it’s actually a condemnation of the fact that Obama learned nothing — and Bob Woodward’s new book indicates he learned nothing — out of the 2010 election,” the former House Speaker explained, adding that Obama’s bounce in the polls after the Democratic Convention was “80 percent Bill Clinton.”

“Clinton is a very popular figure for a very practical reason: the economy worked,” Gingrich noted. “You know, you look back on that and you think — I think what it actually does is it shrinks Obama. I mean, you have a real president and then you have this guy who’s a pretender.”

Watch this video from CNN’s State of the Union via Talking Points Memo, broadcast Sept. 9, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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