By TIM MAK | Politico
Former President Bill Clinton is on his own apology tour.
Appearing on TV on Thursday, Clinton said he â€œregretsâ€¦this stirring upâ€ and is â€œvery sorryâ€ 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 Obamaâ€™s reelection.
â€œIâ€™m very sorry for what happened. I thought something had to be done on the fiscal cliff before the election,â€ Clinton told CNNâ€™s Wolf Blitzer, referring to comments he made this week suggesting the Bush tax cuts should be extended – something Obama vehemently opposes. â€œI support [Obamaâ€™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.â€
Clinton also denied he is undermining Obama – as some Republicans have claimed – and said he supports the presidentâ€™s reelection.
â€œI 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 forâ€¦ I am strongly committed to his reelection,â€ Clinton said. â€œIn 2008, when he ran for president and defeated Hillary in the primaries, I did 40 events for himâ€¦ in 2012 I have done his major fundraisers.â€
The former president also explained his recent eyebrow-raising praise of Mitt Romneyâ€™s business career as â€œsterling,â€ saying, â€œMy instinct, you know me, I donâ€™t think I should have to say bad things about Gov. Romney personally to disagree with him politically.â€
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