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Ryan spins Clinton's words on economy to knock Obama



FORT MYERS, Fla. – Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan used President Bill Clinton’s own words Thursday against President Barack Obama.

“Just today, President Bill Clinton said it is true that our economy is not fixed. He is right,” Ryan said at an outdoor rally at Lee County Sports Complex field.

Clinton was campaigning for Obama in Ohio with rocker Bruce Springsteen when he said: “Governor Romney’s argument is, ‘We’re not fixed, so fire him and put me in.’ It is true, we’re not fixed. When President Obama looked into the eyes of that man who said in the debate, ‘I had so much hope four years ago and I don’t now,’ I thought he was going to cry because he knows that it’s not fixed."

Back in Southwest Florida, Congressman Ryan addressed nearly 3,600 people and cited other “revealing things” Obama and his allies have said lately.

“You know what? If the president can’t fix Washington from the inside; if the middle class has been buried for the last four years; and if the economy is not fixed, it is time we change presidents and elect Mitt Romney the next president of the United States.”

President Obama’s campaign shot back at Ryan’s portrayal of Clinton’s remarks.

“In Ohio today, President Clinton powerfully articulated the progress we’re making under President Obama – we’ve created 5.2 million private sector jobs over the last 31 months, the unemployment rate is at its lowest level since January 2009, consumer confidence is at a five-year high, and foreclosures are at a five-year low,” campaign spokesman Danny Kanner said in a statement. “But, as President Clinton noted, we simply can’t afford to go back to the same failed policies that brought our economy to the brink of collapse in the first place – and that’s exactly what Mitt Romney’s offering.”

Friday, Ryan will continue campaigning in the Sunshine State holding events in Tampa and a joint event with Mitt Romney in Daytona Beach.