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Clinton and Warren maintain DNC tone at second night of speeches

by Patt Morrison

The 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton speaks to the audience at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 5, 2012 on the second day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC). STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

It’s appointment television: Bill Clinton making a big political speech, with Elizabeth Warren as the opening act. How did the 42nd President and the Massachusetts Senate candidate do? So far, former President Clinton’s been praised for injecting much-needed facts and figures into the convention and leaving personal anecdotes behind. Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker went so far as to suggest that the lack of a strong friendship between the two presidents added a certain gravitas to President Clinton’s message: “wavering voters need not love Obama to understand that he’s a better choice than Romney.”

Elizabeth Warren’s speech included the more familiar anecdotes and soundbites, such as “people feel like the system is rigged against them,” but she warmed up the hall with her closing statements, “Joe Biden is ready. And Barack Obama is ready.”


Did Elizabeth Warren help the Democratic message, or turn off potential swing voters? And how do you think former President Clinton fared in making the case for Barack Obama?


Kitty Felde, KPCC's Washington, D.C. Correspondent

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