Listen up, Mitt Romney and President Obama: former President Bill Clinton has some campaign advice — it's time to start getting specific.
Clinton said Obama really needs to start talking about the spending cuts he has already proposed if he hopes to sell his plan for economic recovery. His prognosis for Romney wasn't quite so gentle.
“He's hung with the budget he came up with in the primary,” Clinton said. “I don't know how he's going to do it.”
Clinton said Romney shot himself in the foot with the broad tax-cutting budget he suggested during the primary. He said Romney should accept projections that his plan for deep tax cuts would add billions to the deficit while requiring huge cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and non-defense spending.
“If I were in his position I would, I think, use the Congressional Budget Office numbers saying my plan increased the debt and say that no responsible president can pretend an independent analysis of his numbers don't matter,” Clinton said. “That's, I think, his his best avenue back to the real world.”
Clinton also offered a few verbal pats on the head to Romney.
“I feel a lot of sympathy for him,” he said. “The whole primary was about finding somebody who was true conservative, but they're going to vote for him anyway.”