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Watch Former President Bill Clinton's DNC Speech Nominating Barack Obama: VIDEO


Former President Bill Clinton gave a fiery speech on Wednesday night touting Barack Obama's economic policies, his health care reform, while calling out Republican lies, divisiveness and hate, and urging voters to reject the selfish fiscal policies of Mitt Romney and the GOP.

“The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in?  If you want a you're-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility — a we're-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”

Added Clinton, "I proudly nominate him to be the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party."

Clinton's must-watch speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Full speech if you are lazy...


    Posted by: Jay M | Sep 5, 2012 11:56:19 PM

  2. The DNC; Party of the intelligent.

    Posted by: Marc C | Sep 6, 2012 12:00:40 AM

  3. It was a great speech. The First Lady's speech, and this ex-President's speech outclass anything seen at the Republican convention.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 6, 2012 12:21:41 AM

  4. Exactly Randy, the operative term here is class. The parade of rich republican speakers at the RNC had none. I guess that's proof that wealth doesn't guarantee good breeding.

    Posted by: Winston | Sep 6, 2012 12:43:43 AM

  5. It was amazing to see master at work. CNN's Republican panelist was beside himself, worried that this will seal the election for Obama. I almost thought of tuning to Fox to see if they were in apoplexy.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 6, 2012 12:58:51 AM

  6. Oops...long night flipping channels...THE master at work. Love him or hate him, he's one of the most amazing politicians in modern history. During his presidency I found his faux-folksiness annoying. Little did I know what I had in store for me next - 8 years of a fake Texas accent!

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 6, 2012 1:01:04 AM

  7. Clinton is the greatest. That speech was a combination of policy wonk and inspirational speaker. It makes me so proud to be a life long democrat. Obama/Biden 2012.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 6, 2012 1:27:17 AM

  8. So the man who cheated on his wife and humiliated her in public is the person who nominated Barack, eh? My, how wonderful. If this is the moral example being set by the Democrats, they are destined to lose the election.

    Aren't any of you concerned by this? Or are you also living in a moral vacuum consisting of one-night stands and open relationships? Birds of a feather flock together...and flap their wings, too.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 6, 2012 1:54:20 AM

  9. @ jason. Id much rather have my prez lie about getting blown in the oval office than lying about why we should blow UP another country.............

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Sep 6, 2012 2:00:01 AM

  10. @Jason: Have you forgotten about your man Newt? He has been married THREE times. He cheated on his first two wives and is currently married to the home wrecker he last cheated with. Is he cheating on her? Probably not. She never lets him out of her sight. She even stands next to him when he is giving speeches. LOL LOL LOL.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 6, 2012 2:03:41 AM

  11. LOL. Republican troll FAIL!

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 6, 2012 2:18:24 AM

  12. @Stevenelliot: Well said!

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 6, 2012 2:19:12 AM

  13. An incredible speech.

    Posted by: Mikemike | Sep 6, 2012 2:38:27 AM

  14. Jason is probably in terrible pain from hemorrhoids-- but the pain is a headache, since his head is up his ASS.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 6, 2012 3:11:27 AM

  15. Jason is one of the few people, along with Ratbastard, who post on this site who make Little Kiwi seem reasonable. Keep it up Jason. Somebody has to do it.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 6, 2012 3:43:59 AM

  16. Clinton created the current depression.

    When the .01% wants truly reactionary legislation to get passed and signed, they rarely rely on Republicans anymore because they've exposed themselves as reactionary for so long that people are wary of them. Instead they rely on Democrats like Obama and Clinton.

    NAFTA was a Republican initiative but it made little progress under Reagan and Bush1. Clinton championed it, twisted arms to get it passed and then signed it. The AFL-CIO reports that "To date, nearly 700,000 U.S. jobs have been lost or displaced since NAFTA took effect in 1994, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute." The steady export of union jobs under Carter, Reagan and Bush continued and expanded under Clinton.

    To make matters worse in 1999 Clinton championed and signed another Republican bill, The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act or the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, which deregulated predatory lenders and wiped out all the financial safeguards put in place during the Hoover Depression to prevent another one. Democrat and Republicans voted for Gramm–Leach–Bliley in huge majorities. Then, in 2000, The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 deregulated the toxic financial products known as over-the-counter derivatives. It too was signed by Clinton.

    The combination of the three created a situation that made it difficult for American workers to buy the products and services they created and at the same time created the housing bubble, which burst, and the current- Clinton- Depression.

    The proposals made the Republicans Romney and Ryan are just a continuation of their joint assault. along with Democrats like Clinton and Obama on workers standards of living and on unions. Obama, playing the role of a Clinton clone, more than once promised to put Social
    Security and Medicare/Medicaid on the table, proving once again the truth of Gore Vidal's analysis of the two parties "There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party ... and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently ... and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties."

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Sep 6, 2012 5:49:54 AM

  17. Definitely killer speech, dismantling one Republican argument / lie after the next. Awesome for Dems!

    But I couldn't help notice not one reference, even veiled or oblique, to LGBT issues. He obviously has zero credibility on that (thanks for DoMA and DADT, Bill!) so I'm actually glad that he didn't pander to us, but it was especially noticeable when pretty much everyone else at the convention was talking about our issues!

    But politically, and for Obama: solid, crazy good, powerful speech. Awesome.

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 6, 2012 7:07:25 AM

  18. The magic is still there. Memories of the Golden Age of Clinton with peace and prosperity, increasing wealth, decreasing deficits, more people working, fewer on welfare. Those were the days!

    Any financial analyst knows the Republicans have never been good for the general economy, only the special interests. There is a not so hidden Republican agenda to increase the federal debt until social programs are destroyed. They are so misguided.

    And Bill Clinton hands that legacy and the fight over to Obama.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Sep 6, 2012 7:26:51 AM

  19. Bill's still got it! Very eloquent.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 6, 2012 8:11:31 AM

  20. I stayed up late to watch this amazing speech.....it was analytical and eviscerated the lies and sleight of hand that the Republicans are trying to pull. It pointed out the way the Republicans have acted over the last four years and the speech exposed what they really don't want to talk about now but haven't stopped talking about since they were in the house of Representatives.
    The Repugs have adopted a religious extreme agenda and a socially repressive one.

    The only ones voting Republican are the wealthy.....they will get tax cuts... and the NASCAR crowd, they're too stupid to know that they are voting against their own interests.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 6, 2012 8:16:33 AM

  21. @ JASON :
    Give it a rest.....you are boring the hole off me !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 6, 2012 8:18:20 AM

  22. One other thing: last night was the beginning of the 2016 campaign !
    Go Hillery.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 6, 2012 8:24:04 AM

  23. Yes, Clinton gave a great speech. He usually does. And while it's true he is not the most moral guy on earth, people have short memories. And Jason, I wouldn't worry about what moral example the Democrats are setting. As we all know, the number of divorced and/or sexually scandal-prone Republicans reaches from here to the next galaxy. Heck, we could reach the moon just by listing the number of women who've blown Newt Gingrich......and probably while was married to someone else!

    Andrew, you're on a roll today!

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 6, 2012 8:38:02 AM

  24. Although Bill Clinton's speech was great, I was even more fascinated when the cameras cut to the delegates in the arena. The sheer diversity on display was a telling contrast with similar shots from the RNC in Tampa.

    Posted by: ZENO | Sep 6, 2012 8:49:41 AM

  25. LOL! My post was removed!! Why? I didn't troll or swear.


    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 6, 2012 11:34:55 AM

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