By Jeremy Herb - 09/09/12 01:39 PM EDT
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Sunday defended his 1990s adversary former President Clinton, arguing that Clinton’s Democratic convention speech was actually a condemnation of President Obama’s record.
Gingrich attributed 80 percent of the post-convention bounce Obama received to Clinton, but he said the underlying theme of Clinton’s speech was “eerily anti-Obama.”
"I had the longest period of economic growth in history. You didn’t Mr. Obama,” he said. “I got to four balanced budgets by working with Republicans. You didn’t Mr. Obama.”
Gingrich said the speech was a condemnation of the fact that Obama “learned nothing” from the 2010 “shellacking” when Republicans retook the House, compared to Clinton bringing in Dick Morris in 1994, implementing his triangulation strategy and winning re-election in a rout.
Gingrich, who fought Clinton through two government shutdowns, also defended Clinton’s record as president to attack Obama.
“The economy worked, people had jobs,” Gingrich said. “What it does is it actually shrinks Obama. You have a real president and then you have this guy who’s a pretend guy.”
Gingrich said that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is in about the same position former President Reagan was in 1980, and predicted that it was disappointed Obama voters, not angry ones, who would ultimately swing the election to Romney.