The former president said this
at the convention:
And it is, to be fair to all the Americans who aren't as hard- core Democrats as we, it's a philosophy the American people never actually had a chance to see in action fully until 2001, when the Republicans finally gained control of both the White House and the Congress.
Then we saw what would happen to America if the policies they had talked about for decades actually were implemented. And look what happened.
They took us from record surpluses to an exploding debt; from over 22 million new jobs to just 5 million; from increasing working families' incomes to nearly $7,500 a year to a decline of more than $2,000 a year; from almost 8 million Americans lifted out of poverty to more than 5.5 million driven into poverty; and millions more losing their health insurance.
What he doesn't tell you is that it took a Republican Congress to create those record surpluses, and that the Bush Era Republicans squandered them by spending like Democrats.
He also doesn't tell you that the job losses were largely due to 9/11, which wouldn't have happened if he'd accepted Sudan's offer to hand over Osama bin Laden.