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Former President Bill Clinton joined the growing ranks of uneasy Democrats Thursday, telling CNN that he came to praise Mitt Romney for his record at Bain Capital, not bury the presumptive GOP nominee.
Clinton became the highest-profile Democrat to publicly question incumbent President — and fellow Democrat — Barack Obama’s campaign strategy for attacking Romney for his record while running Bain Capital.
The former President’s remarks showcase growing concern within Democratic ranks about the riskiness of the campaign ploy in what has become an increasingly competitive campaign for the White House.
I don’t think that we ought to get into the position where we say ‘This is bad work. This is good work. The man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.
Other Democrats feel queasy about President Barack Obama’s campaign strategy of attacking Romney for being a success in business.
Newark mayor Cory Booker said on national TV that he felt it was wrong to attack Romney’s record as the head of Bain, then backtracked when the White House pressured him to issue a YouTube video “clarifying” his statements.
Behind the scenes, however, Democrats worry that the Obama strategy could backfire.
“This is America, where we strive for success,” one Democratic strategist tells Capitol Hill Blue. “Attacking success is a dangerous tactic.”
While Obama staffers have been quick to criticize Booker and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for questioning the campaign strategies, the White House has been slow to respond to Clinton’s comments.