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CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS: Clinton brings down the house, Obama makes an appearance

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 11:05 p.m. CDT; updated 8:53 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 6, 2012

This article was written by Melissa Oribhabor based on reporting from The Associated Press.

On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, organizers delivered former President Bill Clinton, who gave a rousing speech in support of the president. Clinton and Obama were once adversaries when Obama was running against Hillary Clinton in 2008.

Clinton formally nominated Obama as the Democratic nominee and Obama joined him on stage. However, Obama did not give a speech and the two hugged and walked off stage together.

 

Clinton  blows the crowd away

Former president Bill Clinton has been a vocal supporter of Obama this campaign season. His speech tonight focused on the economy. He responded to claims made at the Republican National Convention that the economy has gotten worse in the past four years. Clinton said the country is better off than it was four years ago, but no president could repair the economy entirely in four years. He said Obama has laid the foundation for a strong economy and needs to stay in office so he can finish what he started.

Clinton also focused on Obama as someone who is more collaborative than the Republicans and less confrontational. He cited the fact that Obama hired Hillary Clinton to be the Secretary of State, even though the two had been rivals previously. "Democracy does not have to be a blood sport," Clinton said. "It can be an honorable enterprise that advances the public interest."

 

Warren focuses on the middle class

Elizabeth Warren had one of the best spots in the house, speaking before former President Bill Clinton. She is locked in a tight race in Massachusetts for the U.S. Senate against Rep. Scott Brown. Her speech highlighted Obama as a president who has fought for the middle class. 

"Now, for many years, our middle class has been chipped, squeezed, and hammered," she said. "(Obama) get's it."

Romney, she said, will hurt the middle class through changing Medicare and overturning the health care law.


Fluke lauds Obama for his support of women

Sandra Fluke spoke of Obama as a leader and as a man who came to her defense when she was called a "slut" by talk show host Rush Limbaugh. She said she supports "an America in which our president, when he hears a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters — not his delegates or donors — and stands with all women. And strangers come together, reach out and lift her up. And then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here — and give me a microphone — to amplify our voice. That's the difference."

At the convention

The convention also heard from three former employees of companies controlled by Romney's former company, Bain Capital. Romney was painted as a businessman who cared more about money than people.

"I don't think Mitt Romney is a bad man," said Randy Johnson. He worked for a company that Bain had acquired. "What I fault him for is making money without a moral compass. I fault him for putting profits ahead of working people like me." 

The Republicans' view

A Republican response was not available at deadline.

What to watch for

President Barack Obama will formally accept his party's nomination tomorrow.

Supervising editor is Maggie Walter.


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Comments

Harold Sutton September 6, 2012 | 6:37 a.m.

So according to all the speakers we should vote for someone who ordered the killing of an unarmed old man!
Did he not, at the beginning of his term, travel the world appoligizing for all the "terrible" things this country had done before?
But recently, he has been graciously accepting the credit for killing an unarmed old man. And then dumping the body in the ocean.

So, is it "on the job training" or guessing which way the wind is blowing?

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