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Bill Clinton: Obama couldn’t make the ocean recede during Hurricane Sandy

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Former President Bill Clinton attempted to hit Mitt Romney by tying Hurricane Sandy to climate change, but succeeded only in reminding voters of one of President Obama’s more absurd promises from 2008.

“In my part of America, we would’ve liked it if somebody could’ve done that yesterday,” Clinton told Minnesotans today, referring to Obama’s promise to “to turn back the seas,” as Clinton put it. Obama’s actual prediction ran like this: “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” (CBS notes that he incorrectly claimed that Romney mocked Obama during the presidential debate for that remark.)

CBS added that “The former president noted that cities like New York have to implement policies to prepare for the changing climate and said, ‘In the real world, Barack Obama’s policies work better.’”

Clinton’s use of Hurricane Sandy as a campaign trail attack line puts him at odds with Vice President Joe Biden, who replied “no” when asked by the pool reporter it if was appropriate to hit Romney for wanting states to handle more of the disaster response responsibilities that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has increasingly assumed.

Beyond the FEMA issue, Biden refused to attack Romney over Sandy at all, as he “brushed off the question and headed toward the plane” when asked to comment on Romney’s campaign event scheduled for tomorrow.

 

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