Your morning jolt: Bill Clinton rejects criticism of Mitt Romney’s days at Bain Capitol

On CNN last night, former President Bill Clinton very purposely undercut President Barack Obama’s strategy of criticizing Republican rival Mitt Romney’s days at Bain Capital:

The former president referred to Romney’s private equity career as “sterling,” and added this:

“I think the real issue ought to be, what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president? What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do? How do these things stack up against each other?”

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Business Week is quoting unnamed Democratic donors who say President Barack Obama has told them that he may have to tackle health care reform again during a second term:

As he previewed his agenda for donors at a May 14 fundraiser, Obama said he may be forced to try to revise parts of his health-care plan, depending on how the court rules later this month, said one activist, who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s comments. Guests at the $35,800-a-plate dinner in the Manhattan apartment of Blackstone Group LP (BX) (BX) President Tony James were asked to check their smart phones and BlackBerries at the door.

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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has qualified for federal matching funds. Johnson’s campaign will receive an initial payment of $100,000. Johnson’s next hurdle: A spot in this fall’s televised debates.

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The latest Gallup Poll isn’t clear on whether Americans blame God for making John Edwards so outrageously handsome, but it does say this:

Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.

Oscar Poole, left, GOP congressional candidate Martha Zoller, and Joe McCutchen. SPECIAL

Oscar Poole, left, GOP congressional candidate Martha Zoller, and Joe McCutchen. SPECIAL

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Ellijay talk show stalwart Joe McCutchen and his barbecue buddy Oscar Poole say they like state Rep. Doug Collins, but have decided to back former radio talk show host Martha Zoller in the Republican race for the new 9th congressional district.

“It was a friendship thing,” McCutchen said, explaining that he and Zoller had often cross-pollinated on each other’s shows.

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In a Tweet, Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News declared that DeKalb County’s former CEO has deferred his return to politics:

Vernon Jones told me he withdrew from HD94 race, says his client does biz w/ state & wants to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest

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Jeanne Bonner of Georgia Public Broadcasting has what appears to be a fairly routine story on a fight between unions and the state over hiring practices at Kia Motors’ West Point auto plant:

In a court motion filed Wednesday, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says workers who applied for a job at Kia had a privilege, not a right, to inspect records about how the state screened applicants for the plant….

Former union autoworkers are suing the state for not releasing records about the recruitment program it ran for Kia. The workers say the state helped Kia screen out union workers.

But then you come to this passage:

Plaintiffs also say that in March state lawmakers re-wrote a bill that retroactively blocks the documents’ release.

In the filing, the state argues that the Georgia Constitution allows legislators to enact retroactive laws, and they urge dismissal of the case.

So somewhere in the state Capitol, perhaps in an out-of-the-way corner, the Legislature is hiding a time machine.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today dissects a campaign exchange between Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee, the GOP incumbent, and his primary challenger, former commission chairman Bill Byrne.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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74 comments Add your comment

Centerist

June 1st, 2012
9:46 am

Kudos for covering Clinton’s reference to Romney’s private equity career as “sterling,” I am VERY surprised that it made it into this blog.

Can you (please) release my old screen name from the banned word list, and let me back into this blog through normal channels?

detritusUSA

June 1st, 2012
9:54 am

When Clinton was president, he was an impostor. Given his signing of NAFTA and WTO, he was a republican in democratic clothing. Presidents Reagin and Clinton did more to destroy the U S economy that all their predecessors combined. Whatever he has to say now isn’t worth listening to.

the cat

June 1st, 2012
10:04 am

Detritususa-did you totally forget the 8 years of peace and prosperity of the Clinton years?

kewl

June 1st, 2012
10:13 am

He’s a Democrat in name only (DINO)!

Tom

June 1st, 2012
10:23 am

Will Slick Willie be “compelled” to backtrack like Cory Booker?

dc

June 1st, 2012
10:30 am

Clinton is pushing for Obama to talk about his record, and his future plans? Wow, he really must want Romney to win, because those two topics are disasters to be avoided at all costs.

Must focus on Trump, must focus on Trump…….too funny

double

June 1st, 2012
10:33 am

But,mr clinton thinks Mr Obama has better plans for the survival of the country.Clinton may be ready to come out of the closet,and admit he has some republican ways.

Marlboro Man

June 1st, 2012
10:38 am

What is the difference between Bush and Romney, not much. We know what happened in the past.

Brian

June 1st, 2012
10:45 am

Bill Clinton needs to eat a big bowl of STFU!

Rafe Hollister

June 1st, 2012
10:47 am

Can’t believe the Clinton bashers here, I thought to Dems he was the best President ever and our first black president. I guess he is like a Cadillac, great to crow about, until you get that Mercedes, then the Cadillac was not so hot.

Just wait til the Chicago mafia make a few calls, and ole Slick Willie will be crawfishing and backtracking like Cory Booker.

Tom

June 1st, 2012
10:59 am

So the Georgia Senate “Ethics” Committee is heading into another closed meeting in a couple of minutes.

BFD.

td

June 1st, 2012
11:04 am

Clinton was a Blue dog Democrat. He admitted it, was proud of it and ran on it. Most Blue Dogs are now seeing the current Democratic party for what it has become (socialistic) and are turning into Republicans.

Obama says he is a moderate democrat but anyone with common sense knows that he is a true socialist. Romney is closer to Clinton on the political scale then Obama.

Going Right

June 1st, 2012
11:04 am

“the cat”…what is the world have you been inhaling today? What ever it was should be reported to the CDC on Clifton Road! Please have yourself quarantined as quickly as possible!!

Mike

June 1st, 2012
11:09 am

detritusUSA, your grammar is a little shaky. Along with your general views. Open your eyes.

Mandingo

June 1st, 2012
11:21 am

One man one vote…………see you at the polls

Centerist

June 1st, 2012
11:25 am

td posted “Clinton was a Blue dog Democrat.”

Only after he got trounced in mid-term elections, and Dick Morris had him “triangulate” and sign workfare legislation. The Monica Lewinsky mess also forced him to moderate his politics (other than the diversionary “wag the dog” Afghanistan and Sudan attacks).

Dirty Dawg

June 1st, 2012
11:43 am

Clinton, the Mayor of Newark and yet another semi-black Democratic Mayor, or somebody, from ‘up East’ have all now come out in support of ‘venture capitalists’ or ‘private equity holders’ – whatever. All that says to me is that they’ve all received boatloads of money from this bunch and want to make sure they can again..regardless of what’s best for the country.

the cat

June 1st, 2012
11:44 am

td-as you are against socialism, please turn in your social security and medicare cards. Thank you.

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
11:49 am

“Obama says he is a moderate democrat but anyone with common sense knows that he is a true socialist.”

How so?

Going Right

June 1st, 2012
11:52 am

cat…please, before atrophy eats up the last bit of cranial matter, let me know what that noxious inhalant is!
Yes, thanx to great SOCIALIST (Democratic) Presidents, we have Social Un-Security and Mediscare and, believe you me, we are paying through the nose for it.
PS: leave td alone…he at least makes sense.

zeke

June 1st, 2012
11:55 am

clinton got talked into repeal of glass steagall by rubin and other greedy ba$tards on wall st aided and abetted by phil gramm and company. he knows he needs wall st to help hilary win in 2016. he wouldn’t know good capitalism from bad.

the cat

June 1st, 2012
11:56 am

Going Right-I assume you are independently wealthy and will not be partaking of ss or medicare? Would you put that in writing and have it notarized? We don’t want to waste any funds on you if they are not needed.

Slip

June 1st, 2012
11:56 am

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-27/to-obama-pro-business-populism-not-oxymoron-commentary-by-jonathan-alter.html

For poster who suggests the president is socialist. Provide facts. The Bloomberg article is a good place for you to start

Weetamoe

June 1st, 2012
11:56 am

Since td had no choice about the money the government extracted from his paycheck, he has paid in full for his social security and medicare cards as well as some nifty *earned income* checks for the shiftless and some *supplementary* social security checks for dependents of the shiftless.

dc

June 1st, 2012
12:03 pm

the Presidents administration pours $500mil into a politically connected solar company (Solyndra), which goes belly up. $500mil….wow, that could’ve not only saved Fernback, but the entire mess that is Dekalb County school system.

Gotta love what Romney said about Obama and Solyndra…….”It’s also a symbol of how the president thinks about free enterprise. Free enterprise to the president means taking money from the taxpayers and giving it freely to his friends.”

td

June 1st, 2012
12:04 pm

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
11:49 am

“Obama says he is a moderate democrat but anyone with common sense knows that he is a true socialist.”

How so?

Socialism: Government control of the means of production.

Obama examples:

1: Student loan program
2: Taking over GM and Chrysler.
3: Obamacare (before you say it yes technically it is run by private insurance but when the government says who, how and what the company must cover then it is government control). Healthcare is 1/5 of the entire GDP of the nation and Obamacare put the government in control of it. If this is not socialism then please tell us what would be?

the cat

June 1st, 2012
12:04 pm

Free enterprise to Romney means bankrupting companies and giving the spoils to his fat cat friends.

the cat

June 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

td-are you against the student loan program and the outstanding rebound by the auto industry? Do you have sufficient money in the bank if you lose your job and you need surgery for something? Will your family be covered? Could you afford upwards of $1000/month for healthcare if you are lucky enough to find a provider to cover you?

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
12:14 pm

Obamacare is not socialist, FAIL. The student loan program is not socialist.

Socialism in Georgia is alive and well, the Hope scholarship is 100% socialism, Republicans here love it, in fact they expanded it. Republicans here are also putting an expansion of socialized gambling on the primary ballot, they want more socialized gambling.

Of course the socialist Georgia Bulldogs football team is loved by almost all conservative Republicans in this state.

Georgia Republicans are socialists!

td

June 1st, 2012
12:18 pm

the cat

June 1st, 2012
12:04 pm

Free enterprise to Romney means bankrupting companies and giving the spoils to his fat cat friends.

And what do you call the government bailout of GM? How many dealerships were closed and how many people lose their jobs? How much did private bond holders of the company lose? Who was rewarded as a result of the bailout? The unions did not have to make any concessions and now has control of the company (along with the government).

Yes, Obama used vulture government socialism to pay off his union supporters.

td

June 1st, 2012
12:19 pm

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
12:14 pm

Obamacare is not socialist, FAIL. The student loan program is not socialist.

Then explain to us all what these programs are?

dc

June 1st, 2012
12:20 pm

ahh, that student loan program that has, as usual, accomplished two things that happen when our govt jumps in where it shouldn’t….1) Tuition sky rockets, since the schools have no incentive to keep costs down, and 2) Students are left with huge debt, and no realistic way to pay it back, since the govt has destroyed our actual job producing economy (yes, the govt, with their “you must give mortgages to everyone or it’s discrimination”, that drove us into the housing collapse).

A better solution would be to let the private enterprises offer loans, with higher interest rates for those pursuing “low job potential” degrees. Naww, that would make way too much sense. You mean, actually provide an incentive for kids to get degrees that are worth something?

Clearly not the govt way.

Slip

June 1st, 2012
12:22 pm

Student loan program change was only one of degree. This eligibility and default provisions preceded this president.
GM bet was not at All socialistic. It was merely the only thing to do so free markets wouldn’t collapse in USA. Free markets have always been guided by policy.
AHA (Obamacare) is the realization of a Heritage Foundation idea, that was quickly forgotten when adopted by this president. You calling the Heritage Foundation “socialist?” doubtful

the cat

June 1st, 2012
12:22 pm

I call the govt. bailout of GM a resounding success, hundreds of thousands of jobs saved.

Still waiting on your health insurance answer. I am honestly curious about your plans for healthcare in case of job loss.

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
12:26 pm

Our entire education system is almost all socialized.

td

June 1st, 2012
12:26 pm

the cat

June 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

td-are you against the student loan program and the outstanding rebound by the auto industry?

I am against the government sponsored student loan programs. I am against government take over of GM. They should have went through the bankruptcy courts and the unions should have given concessions or went away and the bond holders should not have had to do all the sacrificing.

“Could you afford upwards of $1000/month for healthcare if you are lucky enough to find a provider to cover you?”

You take the government and the lawyers out of the healthcare business then you will see the prices come down dramatically. Free enterprise is always better then government intervention.

the cat

June 1st, 2012
12:28 pm

You take the government and the lawyers out of the healthcare business then you will see the prices come down dramatically. Free enterprise is always better then government intervention.

Not true, you take insurance company fat cats out of the picture and everyone would have affordable health care. Insurance companies are the biggest group of lobbyists against AHC. Wonder why?

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
12:28 pm

td is a pick and choose socialist.

zeke

June 1st, 2012
12:29 pm

saw on tv today a bit that suggested romneycare in ma working better than previously….who knew mitt was socialist…oh that’s right it was a republican idea before it wasn’t

td

June 1st, 2012
12:31 pm

Slip

June 1st, 2012
12:22 pm

By definition the GM bailout was nothing more then socialism with the President picking the unions as the winners and the bond holders (teacher and government worker pension plans) and private car dealerships the losers.

KrystalsBalls

June 1st, 2012
12:31 pm

Each and every one of you pontificators who spend so much of your time peddling the hyper-partisan rhetoric still NOTHING but this system’s b**+h*s! Always thinking you have or will forever have it better than the next person. You are all being pimped.

Just Sayin'

June 1st, 2012
12:32 pm

McCutchen and Poole better be careful cross-pollinating with would be politicians. That’s how John Edwards wound up in court.

td

June 1st, 2012
12:35 pm

the cat

June 1st, 2012
12:28 pm

“Not true, you take insurance company fat cats out of the picture and everyone would have affordable health care. Insurance companies are the biggest group of lobbyists against AHC. Wonder why?”

Who do you think wrote Obamacare? Why would an insurance company be against a bill that forces every citizen in this nation to pay them money? You really need to turn off MSNBC for a while and start actually doing some research.

td

June 1st, 2012
12:40 pm

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
12:28 pm

td is a pick and choose socialist.

You are trying to sell a straw man argument. Yes, there is a role for government. Both the current Democrats and Republicans have went way over the role with the Democrats attempting to change our entire system of government and markets.

the cat

June 1st, 2012
12:42 pm

Are you suggesting insurance companies wrote Romneycare?

[...] The Bain Capital issue hasn’t gone away. Reed may be able to sidestep Booker’s remarks. But the mayor Atlanta will have to address similar sentiments expressed by President Bill Clinton last night on CNN. [...]

Going Right

June 1st, 2012
12:44 pm

CAT:
For your information, I not only have put in money to both (I had no alternative as you probably don’t know), I am still putting money into both. I am not independently wealthy but I can fend for myself which millions cannot now do. I will make an agreement with the gummint of bin Obama: Give me all I have put in to both to date, lessen my taxes, and stop stealing my money for SS and Mediscare and I will sign a document. Fat chance. Your bin Obama’s administration wouldn’t agree to that in a million years.

NOW: for your idiotic assertion:“…I call the govt. bailout of GM a resounding success, hundreds of thousands of jobs saved.” Again, PLEASE quit inhaling that noxious stuff…Your brain is on the verge of collapse! 1000.s of jobs saved? Even the Dimocrats will admit that the great majority of “saved jobs” were outside the US (and, of course, UNION) jobs – a key voting block for bin Obama). Of course, you have to go to reliable journalistic sources to get the real story and facts as the leftist media (the AJC being in that top tier) would never print that.

I call the govt. bailout of GM a resounding success, hundreds of thousands of jobs saved.

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
12:44 pm

“You are trying to sell a straw man argument.”

td, you come in here every day screaming Obama is a socialist, and now I’m the straw man!?!?

I can expose your phony talking points all day long.

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
12:47 pm

The oil and agriculture subsidies that Republicans love dwarf the amount given to GM and Solyndra.

td

June 1st, 2012
12:49 pm

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
12:44 pm

I gave you three examples of Obama socialistic programs and asked for you to prove they are not. I am still hearing the crickets?