Poll: Did Clinton's Speech Help President Obama?

Former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech -- as evidenced by a cheering and chanting crowd. But, did it do its job?

Democrats wrapped up a second day of the national convention in Charlote, N.C., on Sept. 5. The keynote speaker was former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton and President Barack Obama have not always gotten along - take four years ago, for example. Then, Hillary Clinton wanted to be president, too, and there was a fiery battle to the nomination.

Nowadays, Clinton is behind Obama. And, he got a few comedic jabs to the Republican Party just to make sure it was clear.

"People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets," he said in a prepared statement. "What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic."

His speech lifted the audience to its feet a number of times and had them chanting "four more years, four more years," as Clinton focused on economic growth, health concerns and working together.

Sure, he said, the economy is not where many want it to be, but it is better and getting better all the time, and that if given more time, that change will be more evident. No president - not even him - could have fixed what Obama found "in just four years," he said.

"We believe that 'we're all in this together' is a far better philosophy than 'you're on your own,'" former President Bill Clinton told the Democratic delegation.

In the closing part of his speech, Clinton said "we champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor."

Later ABC News commentators said it was a "powerful" speech, "part professor, part preacher.'" Others said it was "anti-Wall Street" and missing key details.

So, what do you think? Did Clinton's speech help his one-time rival? How should the campaign use him going forward? Let us know in the comment section and in our poll.

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John Cook September 10, 2012 at 08:02 AM
I wonder how many people watched Clinton's speech at the convention and wished Hillary had won. Clinton joked about nominating himself--or was it really a joke? Clinton knew how to negotiate. And Clinton got things passed. Real solutions were passed. Clinton had a Republican House and a Democratic Senate--just like Obama has currently. Clinton didn't really like Newt Gingrich (Speaker of the House) and recently said Newt was an inflexible, "my way or the highway" sort of person. Newt hasn't been very complimentary of Clinton, either. Nonetheless, they managed to get a balanced budget passed, as well as welfare reform, and several other bi-partisan bills. Do you think the Republicans held a meeting and decided they were going to make Clinton look good? No, I think Clinton has the negotiating skills that Obama lacks. Clinton is a leader; Obama is a failure. Sometimes if they don't do the job, you just have to let them go.
4 MER DUMB DEM September 18, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Don't cha miss Bill and his economy, his statesmanship...it was a great speech and Obama can thank his affiliation with the party...Bill did his digs before the convention and it is only his loyality to the party that he delivered for this "AMETUER"
dan brimmer September 21, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Bill has paid the president back for Hillary's appointment. A shame the party had to use an impeached president and disbarred attorney to nominate another disbarred attorney to be president.
NJ4America September 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Dan, a gentleman you are for leaving out all the other disgusting acts of Bill Clinton. He's scumbag. But then, so is Barney Frank, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Anthony Weiner and on and on.
Joseph W. O'Bryan October 24, 2012 at 08:06 PM
If you think Clinton would support a worthless scum-bag piece of crap like Rumpney then you alswo believe the moon is made of green cheese.


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