Gotta love former President Bill Clinton!
He came out swinging after conservatives and liberals alike agreed that Mitt Romney had quite a stellar performance during the first presidential debate. Again, Bill Clinton’s observation was right on. He made it clear once again how Mitt Romney was perceived to have won the first debate.
And we all know that Bill is charming. But when he tells the truth and completely dissects the strategy that Mitt Romney took on during the debate, it makes you understand how it turned out to be “performance” rather than “truth”.
This is what he said during a campaign stop for President Obama in Las Vegas:
I had a different reaction to that first debate than a lot of people did. I mean, I thought, “Wow! Here’s old Moderate Mitt. Where you been, boy, I missed you all these last two years!” But I was paying attention these past two years. And it was like one of these Bain Capital deals where, you know, he’s the closer. So he shows up, doesn’t really know much about the deal and says, “tell me what I’m supposed to say to close.”
Now the problem with this deal is, the deal was made by Severe Conservative Mitt. That was how he described himself for two whole years. Until three or four days before the debate they all got together and said, “hey Mitt, this ship is sinkin’ faster than the Titanic…but people are still frustrated about the economy, they want it fixed yesterday, so just show up with a sunny face and say I didn’t say all that stuff I said for the last two years. I don’t have that tax plan I’ve had for the last two years, you gonna believe me or your lyin’ eyes here? Come on. What are you doin’?” And if I’d been the President, I might have said, “well, I hate to get in the way of this, I missed you.”