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Bill Clinton back in the saddle at the DNC

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will deliver a speech at today's DNC
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will deliver a speech at today's DNC
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Tonight, Bill Clinton will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention. It’s an honor he’s had many times, and the seasoned political veteran will certainly draw millions of eyeballs to TV sets all over the country to see what he says.

While Clinton is obviously a pro at giving speeches and connecting to voters, he’s also shared a somewhat tumultuous relationship with President Barack Obama’s White House. The 2008 Democratic primary between Obama and Hillary Clinton was bitter and divisive within the party, and recently the former President has directly contradicted the Obama campaign in the press. Further complicating matters is the fact that Clinton’s single speech will be serving two distinct purposes: get people to vote for Barack Obama in 2012, and get people to possibly vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

It’s a daunting task, but if anyone could do it, it’s Bill Clinton. Even though he left office after a brutal impeachment process, his approval ratings are as high as ever.

What is it about Clinton that makes him so appealing to voters across the board? Is it smart for the Democrats to rely so heavily on one man’s speech? What is Clinton expected to cover?


Doyle McManus, Washington Columnist, covering national and international politics, Los Angeles Times, joining us from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina