Bill Clinton, in an interview, says a Governor has more experience than Obama

From an interview with former President Bill Clinton by Bloomberg, Bubba says that a Governor is far more experienced to be President than Obama is. So, according to Bubba Clinton, the Republican Presidential candidate is more experienced than Barak Obama AND the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate is more experienced than Barak Obama.

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"Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Former President Bill Clinton said he was far more experienced when he made his successful 1992 White House run than Senator Barack Obama is today.

``There is a difference,'' Clinton said in an interview with Bloomberg Television's ``Political Capital With Al Hunt'' that will air this weekend. ``I was the senior governor in America. I had been head of any number of national organizations that were related to the major issue of the day, which is how to restore America's economic strength.''

Clinton was 46 in 1992 when he beat Republican President George H.W. Bush to win the highest U.S. office, the same age that Obama is now. When Clinton, then the Arkansas governor, was first running, ``he was initially dismissed as an obscure if colorful outsider, handsome and articulate but, at age 46, too young and inexperienced for the job,'' his wife Hillary wrote in her autobiography, ``Living History.''

Today, New York Senator Hillary Clinton, 59, is the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination and her closest rival is Obama, a first-term U.S. senator from Illinois who previously served in the state legislature and worked as a community organizer in Chicago.

Hillary Clinton's campaign has emphasized her record as first lady and in the U.S. Senate as a way of highlighting Obama's relative lack of experience.

Memo

After a July 23 debate, her campaign put out a memo criticizing Obama for saying he would agree to meet with dictators without precondition in his first year in office. During the debate, Clinton said she would refuse to do so because such meetings could be used as propaganda.

``Hillary Clinton distinguished herself and showed that she has the strength and experience to be the next president,'' her campaign said. Clinton later told the Quad-City Times that Obama's comments were `irresponsible and frankly naive.''

Still, her husband's comments were the Clinton camp's most pointed and direct to date on Obama's level of experience.

Obama, for his part, has fashioned himself as the agent of change in the race, emphasizing in speeches that he hasn't adopted ``the ways of Washington.''

Experience

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said today that his candidate has ``over two decades of the experience America needs.''

``He can change the divisive politics of Washington because he's the one candidate who's spent his career bringing people of differing views together,'' Burton said.

One of Obama's best-known supporters, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, in August dismissed the experience comparison, saying, ``Being a former first lady doesn't prepare you to be president.''

Bill Clinton, 61, said Obama's experience today is closer to his own in 1988, when he decided not to pursue a White House run. ``I came within a day of announcing, because most of the governors were for me and I had been a governor for six years,'' Clinton said in the interview taped in New York. ``And I really didn't think I knew enough and had served enough and done enough to run.''

Obama has the added difficulty that the international situation is more complicated today, with the threat of terrorism and the war in Iraq, than it was in 1992, Clinton said. "

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"From an interview with former President Bill Clinton by Bloomberg, Bubba says that a Governor is far more experienced to be President than Obama is. So, according to Bubba Clinton, the Republican Presidential candidate is more experienced than Barak Obama AND the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate is more experienced than Barak Obama."

Now lets take everything in context please. When was McCain governor of a state? Did I miss something in his background. This was a comparison of Clinton vs. Obama and does not necessarily translate as you imply.

I don't think President Clinton was implying that McCain was a better choice than Obama because Clinton viewed his experience at the same time in his life as superior to Obama.

And Frankly, if this election is only about experience, then somebody is missing many of the outstanding issues of our time. Experience does not always equate to, or come from, length of service or even breadth of experiences. In fact, it may be the same person making the same mistakes year after year. Does time served really equate to the experience we are looking for?

This Time article is worth a read, Does Experience Matter in a President?

And from the article came this quote, "Experience, in other words, gets its value from the person who has it."

The interview you linked to is over a year old and was conducted when his wife was running against Obama. If he really thought gubernatorial experience mattered in the White House, he would have supported Governor Bill Richardson over Senator Hillary Clinton.

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