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Bill Clinton: Economy Is Bush's Fault & Obama Will Win 'Handily


"it is only because of the financial collapse that occurred in September 2008"

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. meets with former President Bill Clinton in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

WASHINGTON (The Blaze/AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton says he believes President Barack Obama can win re-election "handily" if he can persuade voters he steadied a shaky economy.

Clinton tells ABC's "Good Morning America" he believes likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney will have a difficult time reconciling positions he's taken during the primary season with what he'll say against Obama in the fall.

Clinton was asked if Obama can argue that Americans are better off than they were four years ago, as he argued in winning re-election in 1996.

He replies that if Obama can't make that case, "it is only because of the financial collapse that occurred in September 2008" before Obama took office.

He didn't stop there, according to ABC:

Clinton believes President Obama will win re-election "handily", saying the 2010 midterm elections in his mind assured victory for Obama in November. As for the argument of whether voters are better off now than they were when Obama took office?  Clinton believes most Americans will be able to say just that come Election Day, adding "we have begun to dig our way out.  With the financial reform bill, we have taken steps to ensure that it doesn't happen again.  And we're moving in the right direction and have a better plan for the future than the other guys do."


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