Bill Clinton to ‘Moderate Mitt’ — ‘Where Ya Been, Boy?’

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at an event at the University of New Hampshire October 3, 2012 in Durham, New Hampshire.

Bill Clinton has his own explanation for Mitt Romney’s debate performance.

“I had a different reaction to that first debate than a lot of people did,” Clinton told an audience of 2,000 in Las Vegas yesterday. “I thought, ‘Wow, here’s old moderate Mitt. Where ya been, boy?'”

The former president compared the former private equity executive’s performance in debate with President Barack Obama to a sales job at his old firm.

“It was like one of these Bain Capital deals, you know, where he’s the closer,” Clinton said. “So he shows up, doesn’t really know much about the deal and says, ‘Tell me what I’m supposed to say to close.’

“The problem with this deal is the deal was made by severe conservative Mitt,” alluding to Romney’s self-description during his party’s primaries.

Before the debate, “they all got together and said, `Hey Mitt, this ship is sinking faster than the Titanic,” Clinton said. “But people are still frustrated about the economy and they want it fixed yesterday,” he continued, mocking the Romney strategy for the first presidential debate in Denver, `so just show up with a sunny face and say, `I didn’t say all that stuff I said 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 lying eyes, here, come on,” he said. “It’s heart-breaking.”


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