Well, this will get some play today: In a CNN interview with Harvey Weinstein (?!) last night, former President Bill Clintonspoke up for Mitt Romney’s “sterling business record” and said his background meets the “qualification threshold” for the presidency.
“I don’t think we ought to get in a position where we say this is bad work. This is good work. I think, however, the real issue ought to be: What has Gov. Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president? What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do? How do these things stack up against each other? That’s the most relevant thing.
“There’s no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office and, you know, basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who’s been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.”
In criticizing Mitt Romney’s past role at Bain Capital, the Obama team’s goal is to undermine his basic economic credibility with swing voters, among whom there’s an instinctive tendency to link success in the private sector with governing competence. That’s the same motive behind the Obama campaign’s new attacks on Romney’s gubernatorial record – to give pause to voters who now see Romney as a suitably qualified vehicle for their frustrations with the state of the economy and the incumbent president. There’s no getting around that Clinton’s comments won’t help this effort.