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Why did he do that?': MSNBC panel speculates on a motive behind Bill Clinton's Obamacare slam


"President Clinton is our best surrogate...We're thinking of having him in the "spin room" with us in St. Louis."

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Is jealousy of President Barack Obama and his legacy behind former President Bill Clinton's calling Obamacare the "craziest thing in the world"?

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" debated that very topic Wednesday morning.

After playing Clinton's comments, host Joe Scarborough asked panelist Mike Barnicle, "Why did he do that?"

Barnicle responded, "You hear anecdotally from people within both administrations that the former president thinks his presidency and its historical span will be measured as practically a 'nothing burger,' that he will be remembered more for Monica Lewinsky than anything else."

Referring to Obama's accomplishments, Barnicle mentioned the killing of Osama bin Laden and declared Obama to be "more effective on the stump than Bill Clinton ever was."

Bloomberg political editor and "Morning Joe" panelist Mark Halperin also mentioned the thinking that Bill Clinton "doesn't want President Obama to get much credit." He speculated that the Clinton campaign is working on preventing this kind of outburst from happening again, adding, "They're lucky it wasn't worse."

Hearing Halperin's comment, Scarborough burst into laughter asking, "How could it be worse?" adding, "Would he tear up a picture of the pope or Barack Obama?"

Halperin predicted Clinton's comments would be overwhelmed by the debate within the next two days.

In the next segment, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was discussing her candidate's debate prep when she jokingly noted the Bill Clinton Obamacare gaffe: "President Clinton is our best surrogate. We're thinking of having him in the 'spin room' with us in St. Louis."

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