A new television ad starting today from Mitt Romney's campaign is using former President Bill Clinton's words against President Barack Obama. It marks the beginning of what’s expected to be an even stronger deluge of TV political ads in swing states like Colorado.
Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
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President Obama still has a case to make for a second term, and specific people to whom he needs to make it.
But while it's two months too early to call former President Bill Clinton Obama's closer, he came about as close as it gets Wednesday night at the Democratic convention with a bravura defense of the current White House occupant.
"We are here to nominate a president," Clinton said after strolling onto the stage to tumultuous applause, "and I've got one in mind."
New Mexico delegates Priscilla Chavez (left) and Carla Arellanes.
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Ever see one of those Dos Equis beer ads featuring the "Most Interesting Man in the World," the dapper fellow of a certain age who fascinates all who meet him?
The Democrats' version of that guy will be the featured speaker Wednesday at their convention in Charlotte.
Yes, we are talking about former two-term President Bill Clinton, whose life of accomplishment, scandal, statesmanship and occasional political pettiness (just ask the man he'll be vouching for tonight) are the stuff of legend and lore.
Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:45 pm
President Obama and former President Bill Clinton appear at a campaign event in New York in June.
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In public, at least, they're the best of friends. And no one will have a more public role extolling President Obama than his Democratic predecessor, former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton, who has already been featured in an Obama campaign ad, is speaking tonight at the Democratic National Convention in what is traditionally the prime spot reserved for the vice presidential nominee.
"He's clearly the best asset the Democrats have," says GOP consultant David Carney. "Clinton is their best surrogate."