Bill Clinton defends Obama’s record, rallies Democrats on Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton rallied Democrat supporters on Day 2 of the DNC convention, delivering an electrifying speech in defense of Barack Obama’s record on economy, healthcare and jobs, while criticizing Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s agenda.

“President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did,” Clinton said. “Listen to me, now. No president — no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.”

He even offered a laugh or two, “And by the way, after last night, I want a man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.”

According to Twitter, Clinton saw the highest spike in tweets per minute towards the end of his speech at 22,087.

Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention continued on the fashionable suede heels of Michelle Obama’s energizing speech. Notable appearances included former employees at companies controlled by Mitt Romney’s Bain Capitol, President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Clinton touts Obama and warns against Romney
The former president, in his nominating speech at the Democratic convention, says the Republican’s plans would ‘explode the debt and destroy the economy.’

By David Lauter, Washington Bureau | LA Times
September 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Declaring that “America is better off” than it was when Barack Obama became president, former President Clinton lauded the record of his Democratic successor and skewered his Republican rival, depicting the choice before voters as one between “a winner-take-all, you’re-on-your-own society” and a “we’re-all-in-this-together society.”

His voice thinner and raspier but his oratorical gifts unchanged, Clinton delivered a 48-minute address that alternated between lengthy discussions of policy and partisan jabs leavened with humor and admonitions that “this is important, I want you to listen.”

Mitt Romney, he said, would “double down on trickle down.” His own administration had balanced the budget four times, simply by “arithmetic,” he said. By contrast, Romney’s “numbers just don’t add up.”

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