Hillary Clinton 2012 Watch (No. 2 in a Series) — Bill Helps McCain on the Housing Crisis

By Nitya

Oct 1, 2008 7:33am

A new TV ad from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., approvingly uses a recent soundbite from former President Bill Clinton.

"John McCain fought to rein in Fannie and Freddie," says the announced. "The Post says: McCain ‘pushed for stronger regulation’…’while Mr. Obama was notably silent.’ But, Democrats blocked the reforms. Loans soared. Then, the bubble burst. And, taxpayers are on the hook for billions. Bill Clinton knows who is responsible."

Cut to the former president: "I think the responsibility that the Democrats have may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

The announcer again: "You’re right, Mr. President. It didn’t have to happen."

This comes as Bill Clinton on the stump continues to praise McCain as a "great man," a term he pointedly refuses to use about the man who felled his wife in the primaries.

Question: earlier this year there was a lot of fuss about whether McCain voted for then-Gov. George W. Bush for president in 2000.

Who do you think Bill Clinton will vote for in 2008? How about his wife? Her brothers?

And if Obama loses, how much will liberal activists hold the Clintons responsible for these "tells"?

jpt

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