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Bill Clinton Gets Prime-Time Convention Speech

July 30, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton is slated to deliver a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention in September, and will place President Obama's name into nomination, The New York Times reports.

“There isn't anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton,” David Axelrod, a top adviser to the Obama campaign, told The Times. “He can really articulate the choice that is before people.”

Clinton will speak on Sept. 5, the night before Obama formally accepts the nomination, according to the Associated Press.


Clinton has diverged with Obama at times during the campaign season. He has said that he would recommend temporarily extending all the Bush-era tax cuts (Obama is seeking an extension for income up to $250,000) and also had praise for Mitt Romney’s time as the CEO of Bain Capital, calling his record ‘sterling.’ In each of those cases Clinton walked back those assertions.

Though Clinton's wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, opposed Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, Clinton gave what The Times describes as a “full-throated endorsement” of Obama at the convention in Denver, where Obama received the nomination.

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