It was a far cry from his remarks Monday in
"You've got this crazy system where all the sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,"
The former president made no reference Tuesday to those earlier statements even as they continued to reverberate, prompting responses from the
Separately on Tuesday,
"He's been making those attacks from the beginning of this campaign, so I don't think that's anything new," Clinton said in
Seemingly aware that he should avoid fanning the flames,
The exchanges are the latest reminder that the 42nd president is both a tremendous asset and a wild card for his wife's candidacy.
He draws enthusiastic crowds eager to a see a former president who is anything but a normal political spouse, but he's also generated unwanted stories, including this summer when he approached Attorney General
The former president also deflected a heckler. As he began to speak, a man yelled at him for signing a 1994 crime law that included stiffer sentences for many federal crimes. Clinton told the man "Hillary didn't vote for the crime bill," but noted "Senator Sanders" did, referring to
Clinton's overall remarks focused on why
"Answers work better than anger," he said. "Empowerment better than resentment. Bridges work better than walls."