Romney says Clinton can 'do a man a lot of good'

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Romney at Clinton Global Initiative

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative, New York.

NEW YORK (AP) – Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney says he hopes to get an election-year bounce from an unlikely ally.

Former President Bill Clinton introduced Romney before Romney’s speech Tuesday to Clinton’s annual global conference in New York and praised Romney’s support for the AmeriCorps program.

Romney joked that if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s that, quote, “a few words from Bill Clinton can do a man a lot of good.”

It was a nod to Clinton’s speech praising President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month, and the slight bounce in the polls for Obama that followed.

Romney’s campaign says he spoke backstage with Clinton and Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, before delivering his speech. Clinton and Romney appeared chummy as they shook hands and chatted onstage afterward.

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