2:40 pm Oct. 24, 20121
Bill Clinton has cut a new ad for President Obama's re-election campaign titled "He's Got It Right."
In the straight-to-camera spot, Clinton cheerfully tells viewers how Obama's economic plans mirror the ones he successfully employed in the 1990s.
"The stuff some folks are saying about President Obama sounds kind of familiar," Clinton says. "The same people said my ideas would destroy jobs"--he pauses for a chuckle--"and they called me every name in the book."
But, Clinton tells the viewer, his policies created 22 million jobs and turned deficits into a surplus.
"President Obama's got it right," he says, outlining policies that including spending restraint, and requiring more taxes from the highest earners.
"Sound familiar?" he asks at the end.
Clinton has become the most important surrogate for Obama in the campaign, delivering a highly regarded prime time address at the Democratic National Convention that Obama repeatedly references on the campaign trail. Mitt Romney has tried to point to dissension between the two, and to associate with the afterglow of Clinton's economic success.
At least one writer argues that Clinton "may" have hurt Obama's campaign by prescribing that the campaign attack Romney for his "severely conservative" policy positions, rather than focus on his shifting positions.