Romney ad brings back Clinton hit on Obama

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: ALTERNATE CROP) Former U.S. President Bill Clinton stands with Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (L) on stage during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Chip Somodevilla

Updated 3:15 p.m. ET

(CBS News) CHARLOTTE, NC -- In the wake of Bill Clinton's Democratic National Committee speech last night, Mitt Romney's campaign wants Americans to remember when Mr. Clinton wasn't such a big fan of Barack Obama.

"He's a good soldier--helping his party's president," a narrator says in the spot, referencing Mr. Clinton's remarks Wednesday night. "But what did Bill Clinton say about Barack Obama in 2008?"

The spot then shows January 2008 video of the former president, who at the time was campaigning on behalf of his wife for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying, "Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen."

The narrator then evokes "23 million Americans struggling for work" and "a middle class falling further behind" before again showing Mr. Clinton saying, "Give me a break."

The Obama campaign shot back. "It takes a lot of brass for Mitt Romney to cite President Clinton, who last night dismantled the falsehoods upon which Mitt Romney's entire campaign is based. As President Clinton said, President Obama 'inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery,' and because of his leadership, we're moving forward," Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith wrote in a statement.

In his remarkslast night, Mr. Clinton went out of his way to tell voters he truly believed Mr. Obama deserved reelection. "I just want you to know that I believe it," he said. "With all my heart, I believe it." 


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