Bill Clinton apologizes for Bush tax cuts comments

June 8, 2012

By TIM MAK | Politico

Former President Bill Clinton is on his own apology tour.

Appearing on TV on Thursday, Clinton said he “regrets…this stirring up” and is “very sorry” for veering off message on the Bush tax cuts, and the former president denied he is undermining President Barack Obama, insisting he is fully committed to Obama’s reelection.

“I’m very sorry for what happened. I thought something had to be done on the fiscal cliff before the election,” Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, referring to comments he made this week suggesting the Bush tax cuts should be extended – something Obama vehemently opposes. “I support [Obama’s] position [on the Bush tax cuts], and I think on the merits, upper-income people will have to contribute to long-term debt reduction.”

Clinton also denied he is undermining Obama – as some Republicans have claimed – and said he supports the president’s reelection.

“I have spoken up for him whenever I could. I have told people repeatedly I think he has done a good job, a really good job under very trying circumstances and better than some people give him credit for… I am strongly committed to his reelection,” Clinton said. “In 2008, when he ran for president and defeated Hillary in the primaries, I did 40 events for him… in 2012 I have done his major fundraisers.”

The former president also explained his recent eyebrow-raising praise of Mitt Romney’s business career as “sterling,” saying, “My instinct, you know me, I don’t think I should have to say bad things about Gov. Romney personally to disagree with him politically.”

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Rattlerjake says:

    When will the left see that clinton is nothing but a liar. He will say one thing and turn around the next day and say the opposite, he will do and say anything to push his agenda. He should have been put in jail!

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