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'Romney would be calamitous for the world'

Former US President Bill Clinton has warned Americans that picking up Mitt Romney would be "calamitous" for the country and the world as he derided the Republicans' policies and strongly endorsed Barack Obama for a re-election this year.

world Updated: Jun 05, 2012 23:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

President Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton on Monday attacked the Republican economic plan, saying it was what got Europe into trouble.

“The Republican Congress and their nominee for President, governor Romney, have adopted Europe’s economic policy,” Clinton said at a fundraiser for Obama in New York.

He argued that the Republicans were advocating austerity, which would mean unemployment. Whereas, Obama is focussing on job growth and long term budget restraint.

Obama’s re-election bid is taking some heat lately because of indifferent job growth, which as of last Friday was 8.2%, high enough to endanger his race.

The campaign has tried to deflect some of the blame to an uncooperative congress, specially the Republican-dominated House of Representatives.

“As you will recall,” Obama said, turnign to Clinton, “you didn’t get a lot of cooperation out of those Republicans in Congress either.”

But the president did concede that the economy is going to be the central issue of the campaign. But the debate will be over the role of government, among other things.

First Published: Jun 05, 2012 09:16 IST