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Democrats energized by Bill Clinton speech

Thursday, September 06, 2012 - 01:31

Sept. 5 - Democrats at the DNC praise former president Bill Clinton over his support for Barack Obama. Jessica Gray reports.

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Democrats praise former U.S. President Bill Clinton's rousing speech in support of Barack Obama. They said Clinton, who spoke on Wednesday evening at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, re-energised the party base and hit back at Republican nominee Mitt Romney. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ABDUL HAMID ALI, DELEGATE FROM WISCONSIN, SAYING: "It was exceptional, it was clear. He had laid out why we should elect President Obama." He also solidified why Democrats need to work harder than ever to make sure Obama gets a second term. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHARLES YANCEY, DELEGATE FROM MASSACHUSETTS, SAYING: "He did a superb job of educating the next generation about what's at stake and the tremendous risk that this country will indeed experience if we were to put the Republicans back in charge." Clinton forecast a country with a widening debt gap, fewer social programmes for needy citizens and a shrinking middle class - should Romney be elected. These messages played well with the crowd, with the Democrats focussing on supporting the middle class. Democrats are hoping the convention, with its lineup of party powerhouses, will give Obama a much needed boost since he and Romney are running neck and neck in opinion polls.

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Democrats energized by Bill Clinton speech

Thursday, September 06, 2012 - 01:31