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Bill Clinton Charms Convention, Strongly Backs Obama

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Bill Clinton walks onstage to an ovation of flag-waving supporters before praising Barack Obama during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Bill Clinton walks onstage to an ovation of flag-waving supporters before praising Barack Obama during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

DENVER–Former President Bill Clinton performed as expected.

He extolled Barack Obama and attacked the Republican rival John McCain during his highly anticipated primetime speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, and his southern drawl stopped the milling on the convention floor cold.

“I am honored to be here tonight to support Barack Obama,” Clinton said.

He also went further in his praise than Hillary Clinton did: Bill Clinton praised Obama’s personality and his biography. “He has a remarkable ability to inspire people, to raise our hopes and rally us to high purpose.  He has the intelligence and curiosity every successful President needs,” Clinton said.

The attacks on McCain were frequent, highlighted by juxtaposing a hypothetical McCain first term with the last two Bush terms, saying “the third time is not the charm.”

The convention hall was completely full; each entrance into the seating area had lines of more than 20 people waiting for a seat.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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Written by chroniclenews

August 28, 2008 at 12:13 am

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