The Straits Times
Published on Sep 09, 2012

Romney praises Clinton speech for 'elevating' Republican gathering


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Republican White House presidential hopeful Mr Mitt Romney embraced Mr Bill Clinton, saying the Democratic former president helped "elevate" his party's gathering this week.

Mr Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday ridiculed the policy proposals of Mr Mitt Romney and his running mate Mr Paul Ryan as setting the pace for a "you're-on-your-own, winner-take-all society."

"He did stand out in contrast with the other speakers," Mr Romney told NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview airing on Sunday. "And, frankly, the contrast may not have been as attractive as Mr Barack Obama might have preferred if he were choosing who'd go before him and who'd go after."

Mr Clinton's ringing endorsement of Mr Obama, in which he formally nominated the president for a second term, was a major highlight of the Democratic convention, moving thousands of the party's faithful to tears.