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Bill Clinton’s DNC Speech Rocks Stage

Former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama
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When former President Bill Clinton took the stage at last night's Democratic National Convention, he gave a rousing defense of current President Barack Obama's handling of the weak U.S. economy and launched a detailed attack on Republican Mitt Romney at the same time. The speech electrified the DNC and everyone who watched were able to see why Clinton is still a master orator nearly 12 years removed from the Oval Office. Obama, Clinton pontificated to pundits and politicos in North Carolina, should not be blamed for the poor economy he inherited in 2009 and has set the foundations for strong growth — if voters give him more time to put policy to work and re-elect him on November 6.

"Listen to me now," said Clinton. "No president – not me, not any of my predecessors – could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years." The speech was vintage Clinton, as he frequently departed from his prepared remarks, painted Obama as a reasonable man, and proved that despite a series of heart ailments none of it was able to slow down the 66-year-old who still relishes the political limelight. Whether or not it will be enough to help keep Obama in office is an open question, as he finds himself in a vulnerable position with the U.S. jobless rate at 8.3 percent. Polls show a tight race between him and Romney, yet with Obama's address to the DNC convention on Thursday, Americans can hear why it is important to renew President Obama's contract.

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