Former President Clinton said the massive storm accompanying Hurricane Sandy that hit the Northeast this week shows that Mitt Romney was wrong to mock President Obama’s 2008 pledge to help slow the rise of the oceans.
“[Romney] ridiculed the president. Ridiculed the president for his efforts to fight global warming in economically beneficial ways,” Clinton said Tuesday, stumping for Obama in Minneapolis.
“He said, ‘Oh, you’re going to turn back the seas.’ In my part of America, we would like it if someone could’ve done that yesterday,” Clinton said.
Clinton was off-base on the timeline of Romney’s criticisms — he said Romney made the comments at the first presidential debate, when climate didn’t surface at all in the debates. Romney’s speech at the GOP convention, however, did hit Obama for focusing too much on global warming.
“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise … is to help you and your family,” Romney said in his late August speech accepting the GOP nomination.
Romney was mocking a speech Obama made in June of 2008 when he secured enough delegates to ensure he would be the Democrats’ nominee. Here’s a piece of what Obama said back then:
[I]f we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that, generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless, this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.