Bill Clinton to Have Marquee Role at Democratic Convention

Bill Clinton will formally present Barack Obama's name into nomination at this year's Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in September in a prime time speech which will also deliver an economic argument for why Obama should continue to lead the nation, the NYT reports:

Clinton_obamaThe invitation for Mr. Clinton to be center stage at the convention signifies another milestone in the complicated and evolving relationship between the two presidents.

At the party’s convention in Denver four years ago, all eyes were on Mr. Clinton as he offered a full-throated endorsement of Mr. Obama in a speech that served as something of a truce after a contentious primary fight with his wife.

For Mr. Clinton, who has become one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, the speech will be among the most high-profile roles yet that he has assumed for Mr. Obama. The address is intended to offer a strong contrast with the Republican ticket and will be closely watched, particularly given a string of blunt statements — and retractions — that Mr. Clinton has made this year when talking about the Obama administration.

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  1. MarkUs says

    I wonder if running for re-election Senators McCaskill (D), Senator Manchin (D), Senator Nelson (D) and Senator Tester (D) will consider it safe to be seen there now?


  2. andrew says

    Obama is going to need all the help he can get. Sheldon Adelson the owner of gambling Casinos in Nevada and in Macao, China has already promised to give over 100,000,000.00 $$$$ to help defeat Obama. He wants a new Justice Dept that will stop investigating his “illegal” activities. The Koch brothers and other billionaires will also contribute hundreds of millions to defeat Obama. When they are finished the “intelligent” American voter will think that Obama is the Anti-Christ. Those not convinced will not be able to vote for Obama because they don’t have the proper photo I D. The next ” Hail to the Chief”you hear may be directed to PRESIDENT ROMNEY. He wont get my vote, but neither did Reagan, Bush, Bush or any other republican.

  3. vin says

    Clinton needs a make up a lot of ground for the misstatements he’s made in the past. Sometimes I feel like he speaks from two sides of his mouth. We’ll see how this goes.

  4. say what says

    @ markus

    why don’t we ask the repubs not atending repub convention

    – repub linda mcmahon running for Connecticut Senate

    – both Steve Obsitnik, Andrew Roraback running for connecticut house seats

    – repub George Allen running for Va senate seat

    – Dean Heller running for Nevada senate seat

    – Heather Wilson repub for New Mexico senate seat

    – Linda Lingle repub for Hawaii senate seat

    that isn’t even mentioning….Jon huntsman former utah Gov and ran in primaries, GW Bush Jr, Barbara Bush and Bush sr not going to romney convention

    take off your tin foil hat markus or is it jason under a different name

  5. andrew says

    Brace yourself fellow democrats. We are going to loose big in november. Yep, and the SCOTUS will be changed for generations. The “happy days” are over until at least 2020.

  6. sparks says

    Kinda wish Bill Clinton was on the ballot.

    But I’ll gladly vote for Obama again. As an LGBT citizen you’d have to be deeply self-loathing or in deep denial to think Mitt Romney could ever be a better president for us or for the country’s financial future.

  7. Liz says

    Sparks, You are drinking to much of the Kool-Aid to think that Obama has the knowledge or policies to improve our nation’s economical future.
    You are the one who is in deep denial

  8. TANK says

    @LIZ, I don’t read your comments expecting to find much intelligence in them, but could you at least try to make them original or amusing or something? You just spout the same old Republican talking points over and over. A robot on the staff of Fox News Channel could make more interesting posts than yours, I have to say. Hey, sorry to be so blunt, but Tank has to keep it real!

  9. candide001 says

    @liz LOL. You’re the one who’s clueless about economic realities. We’re in the midst of a massive global deflationary deleveraging cycle that has to work off 30 years of irresponsible credit expansion. The US economy will be anemic and unemployment relatively high for at least several more years, if not a decade–regardless of who’s in the White House. The question facing voters is who will be cared for while this credit contraction runs its course–the 1% (Romney) or everybody else (Obama). Romney has no more power or insight to turn things around than anyone else. Economic nature must take its course. Get a clue.

    @Andrew Don’t be so sure. Most of the rest of the world is horrified at the thought of another right-wing religious crazy as the president of the US. Central bankers everywhere will be goosing the financial markets leading up into November. The price of oil, after it’s completed its present oversold rebound, will continue to decline into the fall, which will be good for bringing down the price of gas. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the employment numbers will be manipulated to start showing improvement. And don’t forget, American voters don’t really like or trust Romney. That’s not going to change.

  10. andrew says

    Get ready folks, as much as you or I don’t like it, American Billionaires are going to elect President Romney. And the SCOTUS will be in the hands of conservatives for decades. You can take that and little else to the bank.

  11. candide001 says

    @Andrew If you really believe the nonsense you’re posting and aren’t a GOP troll, you need to have your dose of anti-depressants seriously increased. Talk to your shrink.

  12. Icebloo says

    I love the Clintons ! Why doesn’t Obama dump Biden and have Hillary on the ballot with him ? That would bring out the disappointed Democrats who stayed home at the midterm elections !

    GO HILLARY ! Let her be the first female Vice President in history before she retires. She more than deserves it.

  13. say what says


    can’t pre election because it shows weakness and biden is a good stimulator of blue collar white workers

    BUT 2 yrs into 2nd term switch aging biden on over to state…where he has always wanted to be anyway and bring Hillary in as VP would be cool

  14. Chitown Kev says

    @Say What

    The president can’t simply switch Biden for Hillary.

    IIRC, Gerald Ford had to be approved by the Senate after the resignation of Spiro Agnew. So both Hillary and Biden would be subjected to a confirmation process under your scenario.

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