Patt Morrison for September 6, 2012

Clinton and Warren maintain DNC tone at second night of speeches



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).

Democratic National Convention: Day 2

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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05: Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Alex Wong/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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