2010 Clinton Speech Could Trip Obama Today

Because he's giving his speech today in the same place
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2012 7:48 AM CDT
2010 Clinton Speech Could Trip Obama Today
President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton stand together as President Obama arrives to speaks during a campaign event at the New Amsterdam Theatre, June 4, 2012, in New York.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama is set to give a speech in Ohio today, but his choice of venue might prove kind of awkward. Bill Clinton spoke at the same Cleveland-area community college ahead of the 2010 elections, USA Today points out, and he said these unwise-in-hindsight words: "We found a big hole that we did not dig. We didn't get it filled in 21 months, but at least we quit digging. Give us two more years. If it doesn't work, vote us out."

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Mitt Romney's campaign, of course, is predicated on the idea that two years didn't help, though Democrats can point to 20 consecutive months of job growth since the Clinton speech. Romney will also be delivering a speech in Ohio today, beginning all of five minutes after Obama takes the stage at 1:45pm. Yesterday he pre-butted Obama's remarks, CBS reports, predicting he would try to walk back his "private sector" gaffe. "My own view is that he will speak eloquently, but that words are cheap," Romney said, urging voters to judge Obama on his record. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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