By Joe Conason

Top Clinton Aide Debunks ‘BS’ Claim That He Supports Romney

September 4, 2012 12:41 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 45 Comments A+ / A-
Top Clinton Aide Debunks ‘BS’ Claim That He Supports Romney

Speculation in the media about the “feud” between the Obama and Clinton political camps cannot be quelled, no matter how much assistance the former president offers to the current one, or how many miles the secretary of state logs in service to this administration. Discredited hacks like Ed Klein continue to be published, so long as they are willing to invent Clintonian conspiracies to regain power at any price.

And as Democrats in Charlotte await Bill Clinton’s nominating speech for Barack Obama on Wednesday night, such silly gossip has even reached the pages of the New Yorker magazine, under the byline of the usually accurate Ryan Lizza.

Lizza doesn’t attempt to suggest any doubt about whom the Clintons – Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea – will choose when they vote on November 6. But in the final paragraph of a story on the much improved Bill-Barack relationship, Lizza cites two sources claiming that Doug Band, the longtime counselor to Bill Clinton, has said he will vote for Mitt Romney, supposedly as a means to advance Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions in 2016.

Band, who rarely talks to journalists, may have inadvertently encouraged this notion by declining to comment on his private political decisions when Lizza asked him about this tale. Privately he has described it as “such BS” to friends and today, as he boarded a plane to Charlotte with President Clinton, he told National Memo on the record.

“There shouldn’t be any doubt that I will vote for Barack Obama,” said Band, pointing out that his support dates back to the spring of 2008, within weeks after the primaries ended, when he started to mobilize Clinton supporters and donors behind the Democratic nominee. traveled the country for months with President Clinton to Obama events and in recent months has sat in critical strategy meetings with Clinton and top Obama campaign officials. In fact, he has worked on strategy and policy issues with the White House since President Obama was elected.

Democratic National Committee executive director and former Obama White House political aide Patrick Gaspard, who has worked closely with Band, was equally emphatic in debunking Lizza’s story.

“There has never been any mystery about Doug Band’s support for President Obama over the past three-and-a-half years,” Gaspard said. “He has helped us in every aspect of our work, from politics and policy to fundraising. Doug is our friend and there is no question about his unwavering support for Barack Obama.”

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  • phanya2012

    The persistence that enmity exists between/among the Clintons and the President is another symptom of some people’s inability not only to work with anyone who has different beliefs, but even to believe it is possible.

  • ObozoMustGo

    BREAKING NEWS…… BREAKING NEWS…….. BREAKING NEWS…….

    National Debt Hits $16 TRILLION on Opening Night of DemoncRATic Convention

    Congratulations Mr. Obozo!!!! You are succeeding at fundamentally transforming America……………….. into the world’s next bankrupt nation and laughing stock of the world!!!! Way to go!!! Nice accomplishment to speak about at the convention….. NOT!!!

    What timing????? Obozo the messiah must have coordinated this intentionally. After all, he did stop the seas from rising and healed the planet, didn’t he?

    [click images to enlarge]

    Have a nice day!

    “We have elected some very intelligent people to administer our government… ..WHY do they (all elected government officials at all levels; National, State, & Local) not understand that we cannot continue to SPEND more than we take in indefinitely without end … … .????? Have we all gone nuts????… ..Eventually, income MUST equal or exceed spending; it’s just plain common sense, not rocket science… … !!!” – Anonymous

    • Carolyn Stine

      You know nothing about economics, Bozo!

      • ObozoMustGo

        OK Carolyn… educate me.. please…

        Awaiting your education I remain…

        Have a nice day!

        “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” – Ronald Reagan

        • dtgraham

          “Let us not forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.” “The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” – Franklin Roosevelt

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      This agnostic does not venerate any Messiahs, that’s something only Republican pseudo Christians like you do.
      Now that you voiced your concern about the logic or need to spend to preclude the collapse of our economy and provide the stimulii needed to recover from the socio-economic mess we were in four years ago, why don’t you tell us how you would solve our economic problems and reduce unemployment?
      Let me guess, you believe more tax breaks for the wealthy, deregulation, and an austerity program for the middle class that includes the privatization of SS, dismantling MEDICARE and gutting MEDICAID is the way to go, right?

    • neece00

      You have been posting this same item for the last week.

      • johninPCFL

        It’s really all he knows. Rush and Hannity haven’t changed his cue cards this week.

      • ObozoMustGo

        OO – not at all… just posted yesterday in several spots… such wonderful news of our growing debt under Obozo all timed to coincide with the freak show going on in Charlotte this week. PERFECT!!!!

        Now we can listen to the most profligate spender in the history of America LIE TO ALL OF US about how he’s going to cut the debt in his 2nd term. He’s the biggest lying piece of crap to ever be in the White House in American history. And you useful idiots lick up his lies like a dog eats it’s own vomit. hehehehe

        Have a nice day!

        “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” – Ronald Reagan

        • dtgraham

          “If you want to live like a Republican, you better vote Democrat.” – Harry Truman

    • johninPCFL

      Yep, the teabaggers continue to spend unabated.

    • awakenaustin

      Of course it is an anonymous quote, you made it up. Unable to find a made up quote from someone else? How is life in that echo chamber?
      Thanks, you got my day juiced up. Once again you have made me aware there is at least one person I am smarter than.

      • ObozoMustGo

        asleep…. if you can take that crack pipe out of your mouth for just a moment, you might be able to read that quote and, regardless of who said it, understand what it says, and dispute it.

        Have a nice high!

        “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

        • awakenaustin

          Still with the weak insults. Keep swinging! Maybe someday you will hit something other than your mouth.
          The quote is blather and drivel. What is to understand? What is to dispute? How do you dispute nonsense and words meaninglessly strung together?

          Re: Mr. de Tocqueville, I thought Republicans didn’t believe the French had anything of value to contribute. So I am supposed to be impressed because you cherry picked a quote from a 19th Century French nobleman. I would be more impressed if you had actually read one of his books. (Does this require you to respond telling me how bright you are?)
          Secondly, other than you and a couple of other wing-nuts who really!!!!!! (Gee, I have that key on my keyboard too. Does that convey sufficient import to my words?) thinks Socialists are under every bed and hiding in closets all over the nation and have any chance of actually influencing policy in the nation. You are just trying to gin up fear with bogeymen again.

          I await your further puny efforts to insult and demean.

        • dtgraham

          “There remains always the battle to fight for more equality in the human condition.” “It is important to human dignity itself to crusade for reform: to fight against the power and privilege of wealth concentrated in too few hands and too few places.” – Ed Schreyer

    • grammyjill

      stuff it

      • ObozoMustGo

        grammy… does that mean you don’t like to hear the truth????

        Have a nice day!

        “Fathom the hypocrisy of a political party that has a convention focused on abortion, contraception, and so-called women’s rights, AND has as their big speaker and hero an admitted sexual harasser and accused rapist that was impeached for lying in a court of law about it.” – ObozoMustGo

        [what a bunch of losers] [hehehehehehehehehe]

        • grammyjill

          no that was because I had seen that several times, and it is plain to see that you do not understand the truth and don’t wish to either.

    • dtgraham

      “The wealthy and the powerful can buy their own representation and interests in Washington.” “The job of representing the interests of the poor and less powerful is the job of the President of the United States.” “I intend to fulfil that job.” – John F Kennedy

    • bobbreinig

      again ,, if your name was in anyway decent ,, or had even one foot in reality your post might mean something ,, but when you show nothing but contempt for the office of president ,, very few read it,,,, i know you think its cute ,, but its not effective,, think about your message ,, if you want people to read it lose the name

  • Carolyn Stine

    This is utterly stupid. There would be no reason to vote for Romney to help Hillary’s presidential chances in 2016! Those Republican’ts are unbelievable!

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      The GOP/Tea Party = The American Taliban, Our Very Own Home Grown Terrorists Cells Operating In Plain Sight, Lying And Hating Is What They Do, Terrorizing People And Fear Mongering Is How They Roll!! :-(

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      If anything, the opposite would be true since the last thing Bill Clinton would like to see is Hillary running against an incumvent Republican president in 2016. Talking about negative logic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    This must be one of the dumbest assertions I heard in years.

  • WhutHeSaid

    The GOP has been pretty desperate this year, sort of ‘all over the board’ in their quest for help from anywhere but their own candidate. And small wonder: The GOP primary candidates have been as effective as anyone in pointing out Multiple-Mitt’s flip-flops and foibles. They even went so far as to praise Bill Clinton — an act that would have been heresy in the 90′s. It will be interesting to see how they reconcile this with Bill Clinton’s upcoming speech.

  • http://www.facebook.com/FROSTY7530 Susan H Silverstein

    I think, even if there is some truth to Clinton’s “dislike of Romney” it does not matter, because he is going to Charlotte, where he will give a “ROCK-STAR” performance, one of the best in his life. Clinton is 1st & foremost a great politician who would not do anything to mess up his wife’s position as Secretary of State. What difference does it make what his private thoughts are, when his actions speak very loudly?

    I do not believe Hillary will run for President 4 yrs from now. She has been looking awful, lately. Lately she’s been very reckless of her image. We see pictures of a messy 60 + woman who even exposed the ultimate sin of bad under-arm hygiene. She not only looks bad, but she is caught, by camera, acting out on State Visits to Columbia & S. Africa w/other women, even dancing suggestively w/a S.African Lesbian-Pop Singer. As a 1st Lady, Hillary may not have been Grace Kelly beautiful, but she was always well dressed & groomed. Always looking very attractive. She even wore some very pretty dresses by DeLaRenta, back then. She knows appearances & image matter greatly in politics. When a woman starts getting lazy about dress & grooming, you know something is very wrong. They might not be feeling well, perhaps even clinically depressed, most often their indifference is due to “burn-out”. Hillary is not looking or acting like a good candidate for 2016. I am sure she knows it.

    • BDD1951

      No, she doesn’t look a good as she did, but when does she have time to to do all that beauty salon stuff? She is hard working. She has said that she won’t continue on as Sec. of State. It’s hard grueling work. Always on the raod. I say she is the best Sec. of State we’ve ever had. Also, she’s older.

  • http://www.facebook.com/FROSTY7530 Susan H Silverstein

    In spite of gossip to the contrary, Bill Clinton continues to loudly support Pres. Obama. It makes no difference at all, what nasty comments he may have made in private, or semi-private re Pres. Obama. I would have LOVED it, had he joined forces with Romney campaign, but that is not what he is doing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    Don’t fret, the GOP will run for cover after they hear Bill’s speech tonight, that is, if we can hear anything other than the standing ovation he is likely to get from the audience.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      Hiding From The Truth Is What The American Taliban Do Best!!! RNC Will Go Down In The History And The Record Books As Holding The Largest Group Of LIARS Ever Held Together On One Stage!!! RNC=FAILED!!! The Also Lost 13Million Viewers Guess People Got Tried Of Watching Them Trying To Out Lie Each Other!!

      • retiredforaliving

        Clinton did such a great job that when fact checked all he got right was that he was a former president

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/VZBQNTERNQ3QLOJHDP7MPPT5FE Janine King

          Where did you do your fact checking?

  • howa4x

    Teh media needs controversy, and will create one if it dosen’t exist. Wolf Blitzer does it every night on CNN when he has both parties comment on every issue. Lets get the fight started is the mantra. The media has become the biggest stumbling block to American solving its problems. They will give the stupidest fool the mega microphone. Under the guise of impartiality they refuse to delve deeply into issues and have turned the news of the world into 30 second sound bytes. USA today is written at a 6th grade reading level and is the most popular paper in the country. Fox and Friends is just opinion passed off as news. Sadly some news broadcasts are just a lead in to a made for TV movie on their network shown later in the evening or to a morning gossip show. This is why people don’t understand the issues. They are overwhelmed by a barrage of conflicting news shows everyday. This is why politicians come up with catchy slogans like Drill baby drill, and have advertisments that repeat it over and over to break through.
    Magazines are a little better since you can choose the bent of the publication, and have more space to explore the subject. TV news is becomming what Orwell wrote about in his book 1984. Fox give you its interpertation of the news only, and nothing else. Other networks are afraid of offending their sponsors, and are skimming over everything. Our press isn’t free just beholden to the owners of the news networks.

    • grammyjill

      That’s why I write letters to the opinion page in our newspaper. I try to give the people all of the facts. Hopefully it’s working. I;ve gotten phone calls from a few readers telling me to write more, faster.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JMT6C3LHLJDD4RX4NB4KY5ICAE gargray

    These people like Lizza can not tell the truth, why does the press listen to them?

    • CAThinker

      The problem is that Lizza is the “press”… A writer for NY Magazine… And it looks like this time his interest, and that of NYM, was to sell more copies, rather than exercise good journalism… In this day and age, good journalism is no longer rewarded, good jounalism doesn’t sell… Scandal sells, so they sell scandal. Cynical yes, but accurate… Sadly.

  • Landsende

    The debt clock was taken down during the Clinton presidency because it was going backwards. During the eight years of the Bush presidency it was started up again. After two wars which were fought on borrowed credit and the financial meltdown America was in the worst economic collapse ever. There were lives lost and lives changed forever due to these wars. People lost their life savings that they had been counting on for their retirement. They lost jobs and then their homes. Under President Obama we are now adding jobs instead of losing them, the stock market has doubled and the real estate market is picking up. Instead of trying to block legislation that would help the economy, if congress would pass a jobs bill that would put the middle class back to work the economy would improve and our crumbling infrastructure would get some sorely needed repairs. If both parties would try working together like they used to the debt clock would become obsolete again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      Our POTUS Has Been Trying To Work With GOP/Tea Party They Are The Ones Who Slap He Hand Away And Plotting Against Him From Day One!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VZBQNTERNQ3QLOJHDP7MPPT5FE Janine King

        We need to fire Congress or make them work for minimum wage until they get the deficit down and balance the budget.

  • ObozoMustGo

    And now…. the REAL joke of the day: Joe “useful idiot and Obozo hack” Conason calling someone else, someone that does valid and concerted research behind his books (otherwise they would never be published), calling them a “discredited hack”…. like he’s an objective journalist with integrity……

    BWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!
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    BWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

    ohhhhhhhhh………..

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    ROFLMAO

    Good one, Joey…. Good one! hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

    What a fool you are, Joe… and the pack of morons that support you are nothing more than leftist freak drones and Obozo zombies.

    Have a nice day!

    “I don’t think your boss should get to control the health care you get. I don’t think insurance companies should control the care that you get. I don’t think politicians should control the care that you get. I think there’s one person to make these decisions on health care and that is you.” – Guess who said it

    • http://www.facebook.com/dianrib Diane Ribbentrop

      Greedy insurance co’s controlled your insurance They deny drop refuse and raise costs immensely to cover 10 mil CEO salaries . Sick people suffer just becasue they get sick How much does Rove & Co pay you guys to post trash on yahoo best site for BS ?

  • ObozoMustGo

    A relevant quote for you leftist freaks and useful idiots…

    “If this were a few years earlier, he’d be carrying our bags” – Bill Clinton, 2008, referring to Obozo’s amature incompetence. By the way, Bill Clinton also invented the nickname “The Amature” for Obozo. He was right.

    Have a nice day!

    “Fathom the hypocrisy of a political party that has a convention focused on abortion, contracepti0n, and so-called women’s rights, AND has as their big speaker and hero an admitted sexual harraser and accused rapist that was impeached for lying in a court of law about it.” – ObozoMustGo

    [what a bunch of losers] [hehehehehehehehehe]

    [click image to enlarge]

    • http://www.facebook.com/dianrib Diane Ribbentrop

      bozo Looks like Obama proved them all wrong NO Waterloo
      Bin laden / top al qusada are DEAD Bush just gave up . US auto jobs are ALIVE Manufacturing coming back 4 mil jobs in 3 1/2 yrs Health reform first in US history- NO longer losing 700 K jobs month as under Bush Obama took on worst crash since 1929 .wars that wasted lives and trillions- based on Bush lies Mission accomplished NOT NO Mushroom cloud/ NO Smoking gun NO WMD ..
      GOP blocks verything that could help economy just to crush Obama / make him fail

  • retiredforaliving

    Bill told Barak straight out that he would support him ONLY if his wife would stay Sec of State and not come home. He’s seen pictures of her and she now tops 250 pounds

  • Lenie Adolphson

    Well, if he does not like him that even makes his speech two nights ago EVEN more powerful.

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