Surrogates gone wild! Obama camp forced to clarify: Bill Clinton endorses Obama, not Romney

Another day, another Obama surrogate going off script. On Thursday, Bill Clinton praised Mitt Romney’s “sterling” business career and suggested Obama’s attacks on Bain were off the mark.

Uh oh. There might not be a Cory Booker-style hostage video in President Clinton’s future, but it’s definitely cleanup time. The Obama campaign actually distributed a CBS article (don’t call it a press release!) to clarify Clinton’s comments.

Clinton said his remarks got “twisted around.”

“I said, you know, Governor Romney had a good career in business and he was a governor, so he crosses the qualification threshold for him being president,” Clinton said. “But he shouldn’t be elected, because he is wrong on the economy and all these other issues.

That created quite the scoop for USA Today:

But for conservatives, Clinton’s remarks and the Obama camp’s damage control were yet another window into the campaign’s failures.

Romney spokesman told BuzzFeed:

If the Obama campaign needs to distance themselves from their own press release explaining Bill Clinton’s praise of Governor Romney’s ‘sterling’ business record, they’re really losing. At this point it’s just sad.

  • Bill KImsey

    That was Joe Biden with a Bill Clinton mask.

  •…2102.6692.0.7084.…0.0.WkaMAoPx3KY&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=16a76c5f7e072d5b&biw=1600&bih=805 Bill Clinton’s “misspeaking” is very common. If he’d keep his mouth shut he wouldn’t have that problem.

  • votermom

    My reaction was #WeTotallyBelieveYou #WinkWinkNudgeNudge RT @USATODAY: Clinton: I’m endorsing Obama, not Romney!/votermom

  • BO_stinks

    LOL, given enough rope Obama is hanging himself

  • M_Baker

    This whole topic is ridiculous and nothing more than conservative political pundents misquoting what Clinton said. By reading or listen to what Clinton said, it’s obvious he clearly was not endorsing Romney. This is just another manufactured falsehood by some that hurts the Republicans party as a whole. This and the manufactured uproar about Obama using the word “thingamajig” is giving the Republicans an image they’re desperate to find any legitimate criticism of Obama. People eventually start to see through these type of falsehoods and will start doubting what others are saying on the right. This will only cast’s doubts on the legitimacy of other Republican’s complaints on Obama’s record, and will only cause more independent voters to go to Obama. Fox News and Breitbart are two of the main culprits in this.

    • ExtremeSplash

      With $6 trillion added to the national debt in the past 4 years and 8+% unemployment there is plenty of “legitimate” criticism of Obama.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady Why is Mick Jagger in drag and promoting an elitist dinner with Barack Obama?