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GOP once tried to bury Clinton, now it praises him

3:26 AM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama
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Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans who tried to strip Bill Clinton of his presidency are now eagerly embracing the Democrat. They're using Clinton's words on taxes and decisions on military intervention to pound President Barack Obama.

In conflict with the Obama White House, Clinton says that broad tax cuts that expire in January should be temporarily renewed, including for the wealthiest Americans, to give lawmakers time to reach a deal on a longer-term extension that should exclude the rich.

House Republicans are highlighting the former president's comments and urging Obama to follow his advice.

Republican Sen. John McCain points to Clinton's actions regarding Bosnia as he criticizes Obama's response to the violence in Syria.

Democratic congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts says Republicans have always liked Democrats who are no longer eligible for election.

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