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Bill Clinton pushes Obama's case in Florida tour

Associated Press Modified: November 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm •  Published: November 2, 2012

Clinton unleashed a litany of familiar criticisms about Romney, saying his priority was cutting taxes for the rich rather than improving the economy for all. He portrayed the former Massachusetts governor as a man trying to fool the country into electing him based on his business credentials, then seize credit for economic groundwork laid by Obama.

"What's Romney's approach? 'I look like a businessman, I talk like one, I know how to balance budgets, vote for me and people will be so elated that I'm elected that you will get 12 million jobs,'" Clinton said.

He said simply: "Obama's policies are working."

A Romney campaign spokesman, Jeff Bechdel, said Clinton was dispatched to Florida "in a desperate attempt to make up for lost ground."

The former president was hoarse from a hectic campaign schedule as one of Obama's top surrogates.

In St. Petersburg, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist — a Republican who has since endorsed Obama — introduced Clinton, saying that he was "one of our greatest presidents ever."


Associated Press writer Gary Fineout contributed to this report from Palm BaY. Follow Matt Sedensky on Twitter at