Clinton Defies Obama, Backs Romney on Bain

Mitt Romney was just handed a gift from an unlikely source. Bill Clinton appeared on the Piers Morgan Show Thursday night with film producer and guest host Harvey Weinstein. Asked about Bain Capital, the private equity firm formerly headed by Romney, Clinton joined the list of Democrats who have rejected the White House attacks on the firm:

Clinton: When you try, like anything else you try, you don't always succeed. Not every movie you made was a smash hit.

Weinstein: That's for sure.

Clinton: So, I don't think we ought to get into the position where we say this is bad work. This is good work.

Clinton is by far the highest profile Democrat to publicly critique the White House ads attacking Bain. Just as significant, his criticism was not aimed at the tone of the ads but at their substance. Pronouncing the work Romney did there "good" doesn't leave a lot of wiggle-room for attacks on Bain as "vampire" capitalism.

On May 20th, Mayor Cory Booker became the first Democrat to break ranks on the Bain ads, calling them "nauseating" on national television. He walked back his statement soon afterwards, but that didn't stop other Democrats from following his lead. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Sen. John Warner, former Governor Ed Rendell, former Car Czar Steve Rattner, and former Rep. Harold Ford have all publicly sided with Bain. But while this list is surprisingly long in an election year, it's not especially weighty. Cory Booker is a mayor. Ford, Rattner and Rendell are all former government office holders. Thus, their criticisms would seem relatively easy for the President to brush off.

Former President Clinton is another matter. As a popular and high-profile campaigner for the President's reelection, his criticism carries far more weight. And you can forget about him walking back his statement the way Cory Booker did last week. If the White House continues to attack Romney's work at Bain, the GOP candidate now has a handy way to insulate himself from those attacks. It's enough to make you wonder whose side the former President is really on.


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