Following a fiery speech by former US President Bill Clinton, the Democrats have formally nominated Barack Obama for a second term at the White House. Clinton’s speech prompted several standing ovations as he answered nearly every criticism Republicans leveled at the Obama administration during the party convention held last week in Tampa.
During his keynote speech, Clinton addressed several aspects of Obama’s record, including the Health Care law, controversial Recovery Act, restructuring of auto companies and his choice ofas the vice president.
"We believe 'we're all in this together' is a far better philosophy than 'you're on your own,'" Clinton said in his hour-long speech, according to a report by The Ticket. "I want to nominate a man who's cool on the outside but burns for America on the inside."
Answering the most pressing question the Republicans had risen during their convention, Clinton argued that America is indeed better off than it was four years back and he reasoned why. "Are we better off than we were when he took office? Listen to this, listen to this," he said, clearly enjoying an audience hanging on his every word. "When President Obama took office, the economy was in a free fall, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. Are we doing better than that today? The answer is yes."
Clinton said that today America might not be where it wanted and the president might not feel that he has done enough, but America is definitely better off than when he took office. Clinton said that no one, not even he, could have repaired all this damage Obama found four years back.
The speech drew one of the most enthusiastic responses from the crowd on the second day of the DNC. Obama himself later on joined Clinton on the stage once the speech ended.
Romney has often argued that Obama has governed well to the left of Clinton, whose centrism was a basic element of his political identity. Clinton responded by saying, “One of the main reasons America should re-elect President Obama is that he is still committed to constructive cooperation,” according to a report by NBC.
Clinton criticized the Romney budget, calling it a failure and fiscally unsound. Clinton said that the conditions are improving and helping him get re-elected will allow all of us to see a proof of that.