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Bill Clinton's on message: The former president is defending President Obama's chief line of attack against Mitt Romney, calling the focus on the presumptive GOP nominee's tenure at Bain Capital a "legitimate line of attack."
"I think, for one thing, it’s just as relevant as the going over my record as governor when I ran for president," Clinton said in an interview that aired on NBC's Today show on Friday morning (via Politico). "And because he’s put it at the forefront. He’s said basically, 'I’d be a better president because I know how to create jobs because that’s what I did.' And he’s going to take credit for running a successful Olympics, for example. So then all your work life before you run for president is relevant, and I think that will be relevant."
The former president also tweaked his fellow former governor on another issue that Team Obama has made a chief talking point of the current campaign cycle: Romney's tax returns. Clinton said that Romney's decision to only release his 2010 returns (along with a 2011 estimate) "struck me as a little odd."
Clinton added that Americans "ought to know" about Romney's overseas accounts. "The voters can make up their own minds about whether they think it’s a good thing for a person who wants to be president to minimize his own tax liability," he said.