Ex-President Bill Clinton
Former United States President, Bill Clinton has assured Americans of greater times and economic raining season ahead if President Barack Obama gets a new mandate, claiming all he needed to build on an already laid strong foundation.
According to him, President Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, cushioned the collapse underneath to avoid a crash and “put a floor under the crash”.
Mr Clinton claimed that Obama had the foundation for millions of good new jobs, and such foundation must be allowed to be built on as the president sets to impact on a new generation.
Former President Bill Clinton was set to deliver a landmark speech on Wednesday night in a Democratic National Convention appeal aimed directly at reassuring millions of voters struggling to get by in tough times.
Casting the election as a clear choice between Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney, Clinton said in excerpts released in advance that the Republican campaign argument is “pretty simple: ‘We left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up yet, so fire him and put us back in.’”
“I like the argument for President Barack Obama’s re-election a lot better,” Clinton said.
“He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began a long hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses and lots of new wealth for innovators,” the former president said.
He warned Americans not to miss the opportunity of a new lease of life under Obama implying that votes for the Republicans are votes aimed at sliding America back to uncertainty.
Obama’s high command released the remarks as they struggled to bury the news of an embarrassing retreat on the party platform.
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Under criticism from Republicans, they abruptly rewrote the day-old document to insert a reference to God and to declare that Jerusalem “is and will remain the capital of Israel.” Some delegates objected loudly, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ruled them outvoted.
Air Force One touched down as convention delegates filed early into the Time Warner Cable Arena, eager to nominate Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for new terms in time-honored roll calls of the states.
Obama’s acceptance speech will mark the convention finale on Thursday night. Aides unexpectedly scrapped plans for him to speak to a huge crowd in a 74,000 seat football stadium, citing the threat of bad weather in a city that has been pelted by heavy downpours in recent days.
“We can’t do anything about the rain. The important thing is the speech,” said Washington Rey, a delegate from Sumter, S.C.
That and the eight-week general election campaign about to begin between Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.