When former President Bill Clinton told told CNN on Thursday that presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney "had a sterling business career," his words were quickly taken as undermining the Obama campaign's attacks on Romney's "job-killing" record at Bain Capital.

On Friday, however, Clinton used an appearance at a rally in Paterson, New Jersery to perform a bit of damage control.

"I said, you know, Governor Romney had a good career in business and he was a governor, so he crosses the qualification threshold for him being president," Clinton told told the crowd. "But he shouldn't be elected, because he is wrong on the economy and all these other issues."

"So today," Clinton continued, "because I didn't attack him personally and bash him, I wake up to read all these stories taking it out of context as if I had virtually endorsed him, which means the Tea Party has already won their first great victory: 'We are supposed to hate each other to disagree.' That is wrong."

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