Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that President Barack Obama is locked in a tough re-election fight because of “impatient” Americans who don’t understand why the economy isn’t “totally hunky-dory again.”
Clinton was campaigning on behalf of Obama in Green Bay, Wis. and told voters to stick with the president amid growing signs of economic recovery, according to the Associated Press.
“This shouldn’t be a race,” Clinton said. “The only reason it is, is because Americans are impatient on things not made before yesterday and they don’t understand why the economy is not totally hunky-dory again.”
He said the reason for the tight race between Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is “people don’t feel it yet,” even as the unemployment rate dropped to a 44-month low in September. Clinton said Obama should be given credit for stabilizing a bad situation he inherited upon taking office, according to the AP.
“Governor Romney acts like from the minute the president took his hand off the Bible he was responsible for every lost job,” Clinton said.
Wisconsin, the home of GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, is considered a battleground state even though it hasn’t gone red in a presidential contest since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday following the second presidential debate had Obama leading Romney 50 percent to 48 percent.