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Bill Clinton makes the case for 4 more years of Obama-Biden

By David Espo

AP Special Correspondent

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. » President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, “put a floor under the crash” and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, former President Bill Clinton declared Wednesday night in a rousing Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote.

"He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs," said Clinton — the last president to see sustained growth, in the 1990s. "Conditions are improving and if you'll renew the president's contract, you will feel it."

The hall rocked with cheers as Clinton strode onstage to Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop," his 1992 campaign theme song, and he held the crowd rapt as he drifted off his prepared remarks for about 50 minutes.

To the audience of thousands of Democrats packed into their convention hall, he said of Obama, “I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside.”

The speech was vintage Clinton, overlong for sure, insults delivered with a folksy grin, references to his own time in office  and his wife Hillary, all designed to improve Obama’s chances for re-election in an era of painfully slow economic growth and 8.3 percent unemployment.

Clinton also preached bipartisanship and a pullback from politics as "blood sport" — this near the end of back-to-back conventions that feasted on rhetorical red meat and even as he ripped the Republican agenda as a throwback to the past, a "double-down on trickle-down" economics that assumes tax cuts for the wealthy will help everyone down the ladder.

Clinton spoke as Obama’s high command worked to control the political fallout from an embarrassing retreat on the party platform, just two months from Election Day in a tight race with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Under criticism from Romney, the Obama camp abruptly rewrote the day-old document to insert a reference to God and to declare that Jerusalem “is and will remain the capital of Israel.” Some delegates objected loudly, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, presiding in the largely empty hall, ruled them outvoted. White House aides said Obama had personally ordered the changes, but they did not disclose whether he had approved the earlier version.

The convention hall rocked with delegates’ applause and cheers as Clinton — unofficial Democratic ambassador-in-chief to anxious voters in a tough economy — strode onstage to sounds of  “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” his 1992 campaign theme song.  

He sought to rebut every major criticism Republicans have leveled against the president at their own convention last week in Tampa, and said that in fact, since 1961, far more jobs have been created under Democratic presidents than when Republicans sat in the White House — by a margin of 42 million to 24 million.

Clinton accused Republicans of proposing “the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place” and led to a near financial meltdown. Those, he said, include efforts to provide “tax cuts for higher-income Americans, more money for defense than the Pentagon wants and ... deep cuts on programs that help the middle class and poor children.”

“As another president once said, ‘There they go again,”’ he said, quoting Ronald Reagan, who often uttered the remark as a rebuke to Democrats.

Obama flew into his convention city earlier in the day and arrived in the hall for Clinton’s speech. He arranged to join the former president onstage afterward in a made-for-television joint appearance.”In Tampa the Republican argument against the president’s re-election was pretty simple: ‘We left him a total mess, he hasn’t finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in,”’ Clinton said.

“I like the argument for President Obama’s re-election a lot better. He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators.”

On an unsettled convention day, aides scrapped plans for the president to speak to a huge crowd in a 74,000 seat football stadium, citing the threat of bad weather in a city that has been pelted by heavy downpours in recent days.

“We can’t do anything about the rain. The important thing is the speech,” said Washington Rey, a delegate from Sumter, S.C.

That and the eight-week general election campaign about to begin between Obama and Republican challenger Romney, who spent his second straight day in Vermont preparing for this fall’s debates with Obama.







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Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on September 5,2012 | 04:06PM
gg808 wrote:
Yes i am...and Yes i do!
on September 5,2012 | 04:42PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Gasoline prices increased 300% since Obama took ofice. Assuming you drive, how does that make you better off or are you blaming Bush.
on September 5,2012 | 06:40PM
808ohana wrote:
Seriously .... blaming obama oil and gas prices? Goodness man... take an economics class...
on September 5,2012 | 08:06PM
ISCREAM wrote:
He is the one who restricted drilling for oil and nat gas...prohibiting of pipelines for Canadian gas...now going to go to Vancouver and China...
on September 5,2012 | 09:08PM
NITRO08 wrote:
The problem is not having enough oil, the problem is oil company's are hording the oil so they can up the price then sell the foreign country's. The oil company's is not controlled by the President or the USA!
on September 6,2012 | 06:25AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Really? Where are they keeping all that oil? Secret tank farms in the Cayman Islands?
on September 6,2012 | 06:56AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Anyone who doesn't blame Bush is hiding something. The GOP position is "don't talk about the past." They don't want to be reminded of what Bush did to our country, us, and the world.
on September 6,2012 | 06:31AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Someone doesn't want to talk about the last four years: No national budget. Failed, pork filled, poorly spent stimulus. Obamacare when we most needed Economycare. No effort to fix SS or Medicare. $5trillion in new debt, but no debt reduction plan? These things aren't part of the past we should be talking about?
on September 6,2012 | 06:59AM
allie wrote:
keith is again spot-on
on September 6,2012 | 12:12PM
gg808 wrote:
yup...i make more money and learn to budget better... and as for gas prices, gimme a break, thats just part of life... if you're not happy with it, catch the bus. quit whining and trying to blame Obama for everything.
on September 6,2012 | 03:26PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on September 5,2012 | 07:44PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Bill who? Now it was really Tony Romo who was the star of the night. Get real folks.
on September 6,2012 | 05:35AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Judging from that post, we must assume that you are a Republican, and a dishonest one too. Ah, but I repeat myself.
on September 6,2012 | 06:32AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Way to bury this article.
on September 6,2012 | 07:56AM
hapaguy wrote:
Yeah, let's return our government to the Republican Party and their policies that drove our economy into a ditch. NOT!
on September 5,2012 | 04:49PM
Kuniarr wrote:
thepartyfirst wrote:
Well said and written!
on September 5,2012 | 11:26PM
312guy wrote:
no bin laden
on September 5,2012 | 11:43PM
NITRO08 wrote:
YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT,LISTENING TO THE REPUB'S THAT DIDN'T BRING UP THE WAR AND INVITE THERE LAST PRESIDENT TO THERE CONVENTION! IF WHAT YOU SAY IS TRUE THEN WHY NOT INVITE GW!
on September 6,2012 | 06:30AM
allie wrote:
true
on September 6,2012 | 12:12PM
ISCREAM wrote:
THE FACTS: Clinton is counting on voters to recall the 1990s wistfully and to cast a vote for Obama in hopes of replicating those days in a second term. But Clinton leaves out the abrupt downward turn the economy took near the end of his own second term and the role his policies played in the setting the stage for the historic financial meltdown of 2008. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bill-clinton-dnc-speech-fact-check-finds-president-claims-compromise-a-stretch-article-1.1153053#ixzz25fdv7C6i
on September 5,2012 | 09:08PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Without a doubt and yes.
on September 5,2012 | 05:56PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on September 5,2012 | 07:50PM
IAmSane wrote:
...what the hell kind of comment is this???
on September 5,2012 | 09:38PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
I own my own small business and it has flourished over the last 3 years. Perhaps you should work a bit harder, invest more, and make wise decisions instead of blaming President Obama for your shortfalls. If you are worse off in a growing economy in this state, maybe you should re-visit that American value of personal accountability.
on September 5,2012 | 09:46PM
beachbum11 wrote:
But you did not do it. Remember that's what the man said
on September 5,2012 | 10:17PM
copperwire9 wrote:
That's complete nonsense and you know it.
on September 6,2012 | 12:52AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
No, that's not what he said.
on September 6,2012 | 05:42AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Well put, DG. Well put.
on September 6,2012 | 06:33AM
itsok wrote:
Good questions. Answers to questions: yes. yes...and yes
on September 5,2012 | 06:37PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on September 5,2012 | 07:50PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Now, you're becoming silly. Did you miss Clinton's speech last night in Charlotte?
on September 6,2012 | 06:34AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Yes, and Yes.... if you don't believe that you must have a short memory.... have your forgotten what GWBush did to us and our country? How can anyone forget the financial mess he left for his successor.
on September 6,2012 | 06:30AM
allie wrote:
love my obama! we are much better off than under bush!
on September 6,2012 | 12:11PM
SteveToo wrote:
Obama's dug the ditch a lot deeper. Look at the national debt.
on September 5,2012 | 04:52PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on September 5,2012 | 07:51PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
It's time.... off to school with you.
on September 6,2012 | 06:34AM
lee1957 wrote:
Way to take one for the team, Bill.
on September 5,2012 | 06:15PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Right, he dislikes Barry a bunch, but he is married to the Sec. Of State - who was conveniently out of the country. Ironies abound in this twisted Shakespearean drama.
on September 6,2012 | 06:20AM
9ronboz wrote:
NOBAMA for sure
on September 5,2012 | 06:24PM
312guy wrote:
no bin laden,
on September 5,2012 | 09:31PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
The nightmare is almost over. The only beneficiaries of the Obama boondoggle have been well-connected Wall Street predators, civil servants and their fellow leeches (i.e. government contractors). It would be great if there were a Constitutional way Obama could step aside right after the election and allow Romney to get sworn in early so we can begin the toxic waste cleanup.
on September 5,2012 | 07:47PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
I, nor anyone in my family, fits your disrespectful description of those who have flourished in this economy over the last 3 years. You can repeat the Republican talking points all you want, but in my family, we know the answer to "are you better off than you were 4 years ago" is yes.
on September 5,2012 | 09:49PM
hawaiikone wrote:
You must be in the foreclosure business.
on September 6,2012 | 04:56AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
No.
on September 6,2012 | 05:43AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Public Employee UNION family?
on September 6,2012 | 06:18AM
NITRO08 wrote:
WE ARE ALL BETTER OFF THAN 31/2 YEARS AGO AND WOULD BE BETTER IF THE REPUB'S IN THE HOUSE WOULD GET OF THERE A-- AND DO SOMTHING YOU DIDN'T LISTEN AND LEARN ANYTHING LAST NIGHT! YOU LISTEN TO REPUB'S THAT WANTS MORE TAX BREAKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
on September 6,2012 | 06:36AM
allie wrote:
very true
on September 6,2012 | 12:13PM
NITRO08 wrote:
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on September 6,2012 | 06:32AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
YES!
on September 6,2012 | 06:35AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Glad you're doing well, but it's he** out there for many, many businesses. Record bankruptcies and very hard times for the survivors. To argue otherwise is delusional given the fact that the economy is at stall speed. We have a third of the GDP growth we should have at this stage in a recovery. Whether or not we will go back into recession is an open question. The "are you better off" question really is, given that Obama has no new ideas, asking whether or not we can stand a continuation of the last four years. The answer is no.
on September 6,2012 | 07:06AM
chuck4664 wrote:
whatever, life goes on, Democrats and Republicans all the same, all mouth and no action.
on September 5,2012 | 07:54PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Like!
on September 5,2012 | 09:45PM
312guy wrote:
I open my business since President Obama took office I Am doing better, but I blame him for my rose bush dying, lol, I'm sure he had something to do with it. let it be known I vote Yes Obama 4 more years
on September 5,2012 | 08:22PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Obviously your taxi cab has held it's own.
on September 6,2012 | 04:58AM
pukashell wrote:
All I know is when Obama took office our country almost went through a depression, Wall street had to be bailed out, car manufacturers had to be bailed out Stock market lowest its ever been, people losing money in IRA's, and pensions. How could people forget it and it happened only four years ago!!! I say stop tunning in to Rush Limbaugh and get a life. Ps Dont let the conservatives know your rose bush is dying because of Obama, they will surely find an answer to make you believe he did it.
on September 6,2012 | 06:31AM
Bdpapa wrote:
America cannot afford 4 more years. This socialist agenda is taking us down hill..
on September 5,2012 | 08:27PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Define that please. Without turning to Fox, just please explain - in your own words - about that 'socialist' agenda.
on September 6,2012 | 12:54AM
Bdpapa wrote:
By helping, which is noble, those with less who are of not legal status. Also, instead of increasing welfare and food stamps, we should be getting those who are able, to get out and get a job. I, personally, worked 2 - 3 jobs at a time. These jobs were minimum paying so it can be done.
on September 6,2012 | 06:33AM
Pacej001 wrote:
My favorite: Added a massive new entitlement, one in which government compels us to buy a product, when we can't afford the entitlements we already have. Runner up: Attempted and failed to implement cap and trade. Many others, but time flies.
on September 6,2012 | 07:30AM
pukashell wrote:
Its the Repub's that are pushing our country in to socialism. What happened to Wall stree when GWB was in office giving the CEO's free reign's to do whatever they wanted to do without restraints. Sure our economy was doing very good, housing prices going up everything was overly inflated. But what happened when the bubble burst, the first thing that the CEO's did was to get a bail out from our government. I think that we should get rid of all Rebublicans out from the House, the party "OF NO". Don't care for the Middle Class, but looks after the intrest of the upper 10 precent of our society, and their one job is to make our president a "One Term Presiden", which will not happen!!!!!
on September 6,2012 | 08:19AM
ISCREAM wrote:
fact check dot org (a left leaning group) fleshed out a couple of stretches... "THE FACTS: Clinton is counting on voters to recall the 1990s wistfully and to cast a vote for Obama in hopes of replicating those days in a second term. But Clinton leaves out the abrupt downward turn the economy took near the end of his own second term and the role his policies played in the setting the stage for the historic financial meltdown of 2008." Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bill-clinton-dnc-speech-fact-check-finds-president-claims-compromise-a-stretch-article-1.1153053#ixzz25fdv7C6i
on September 5,2012 | 09:06PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Are you kidding me? We'll be a socialist nation in four more years!!!!
on September 5,2012 | 09:40PM
NITRO08 wrote:
REPUB NO BRAIN!
on September 6,2012 | 06:39AM
DAGR81 wrote:
Sadly, it's time we admit that Obama is way over his head and is too foolish to realize it. Ilike we say "talk is cheap".
on September 5,2012 | 09:57PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Remember the comparisons of Obama's and GWBush's IQs? If Obama is in over his head, Bush was 30 feet under water.
on September 6,2012 | 06:36AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Exactly why didn't they invite GW to there convention! They always have somthing to hide! TAX RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!
on September 6,2012 | 06:45AM
Pacej001 wrote:
No. Don't remember. Remind us with some facts. What I do remember was a comparison between Bush/Kerry. Don't believe Kerry was the winner. Besides, Mr. Obama's intelligence isn't in question. It's his wisdom that is missing.
on September 6,2012 | 07:33AM
NITRO08 wrote:
REPUB NO BRAIN!
on September 6,2012 | 06:38AM
CriticalReader wrote:
If you judge the two parties' competence, creativity and ability by what kind of conventions they put on, the Democrats win hands down. The GOP convention looked like a bad time share seminar compared to the romp and stomp the Democrats are doing in North Carolina. No one is accusing the Democrats of lying. That accusation was credibly made from the get go against the Republicans the moment they started talking at their convention. Very telling.
on September 6,2012 | 07:03AM
Mana07 wrote:
Slick Willy..."Let me be perfectly clear, I did not have s3xual relations with that woman"...Yeah right Willy, and we believe you're a fan of Obama. Hey did your hear about the muslim brotherhood that Obama supports in Egypt? Their cleric just said that husbands should beat their wives...good job Libs. Way to be tolerant.
on September 5,2012 | 10:38PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yeah, he looked a little stressed doing that speech.
on September 6,2012 | 06:33AM
NITRO08 wrote:
REPUB NO BRAIN!
on September 6,2012 | 06:38AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Clinton delivered an old fashioned butt whipping on the GOP and Twitt. There is history, and there are historical events. Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton's Democratic National Convention speeches transcended history and became historical events. Regardless of your political preferences, you have to watch both. Just to say you did.
on September 6,2012 | 06:49AM
geralddeheer wrote:
Attention all Clinton/Obama haters/posters: Last night you got served. After the Bill Clinton speech, the foundation for the Romney/Ryan ticket is crumbling. The Democratic base is energized. The first debate may well close the deal. Born in Hawaii, USA, President Obama, will be re-elected, by a larger margin than expected. Hirono will also get a major bounce too.
on September 6,2012 | 06:53AM
CriticalReader wrote:
There is history, and there are events that make history. Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton's speeches at the Democratic National Convention made history just because they were so darned good. Whatever your political persuasion, you have to watch both. Just so you can say you did.
on September 6,2012 | 06:54AM
Kuniarr wrote:
There was a global recession in 2007 that ended in 2009 and the US was part of this Global Recession.

Nevertheless, unemployment under GWB in 2007 was a low of 4.6% and 5.8% in 2008. In 2009 under Obama, unemployment was 9.3% and 9.6% in 2010. (Source: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0104719.html).

During the 8 years of GWB, the National Debt rose by $4.316 trillion in 8 years from $5.807T in 2001 to $10.125T in 2008

In less than 4years under Obama, the National Debt rose by $5.891T from from $10.125T to $16.016T (partial 2012 data). Recession ended already in 2009. To keep blaming GWB for what ails the economy today is ludicrous.
on September 6,2012 | 12:22PM
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