Convention Democrats Discuss Support for Clinton

Sean Maroney
Many Democrats believe former president Bill Clinton has a lot to offer to President Barack Obama's reelection bid.  

There was no shortage of support for the former president among delegates who packed the convention hall on Wednesday.  Many were excited to see him in Charlotte.

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Rodney McFarland is a delegate from the southern state of Louisiana. "I'm a Bill Clinton fan, so a lot of people love Bill Clinton. If Bill Clinton would run for president again, I think they would vote for him," McFarland said.
 
Clinton remains popular, in part because he presided over an era of economic expansion and has been active in global philanthropic efforts since leaving office.

Doris Crouse-Mays is a delegate from the southern state of Virginia - a state targeted by both campaigns in this year's presidential election.  She says she believes Clinton has the trust of the voters, which can help Obama on the campaign trail.

"The former president can lay that out and really let people know and explain to everyone that President Obama is doing the right things, and that if President Clinton was still in office, he would be doing the same things," Crouse-Mays said.

But Loretta Harper, a delegate from the western state of Nevada, says it is the personal appeal that the former president brings to the Obama campaign that remains his biggest strength.

“Clinton... he's a 'fire-upper' person.  You know how you have cake and ice cream?  He is going to put the ice cream on the cake,” Harper said.

And she hopes that will be an irresistible combination for undecided voters in this year's tight race.
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by: Omido from: kenya
September 06, 2012 11:58 AM
The dream of every American Is the dream of the world. The American people inspire the world, you have proved to all of us that being an American gives u an opportunity to live your dream without fear. when thing get tough we know that is when your best comes out. please do not loose what you have worked for over the years by failing to give Obama another term Vote Obama. keep the American dream alive, set the pace 4 the world

by: john riingen from: san san diego
September 06, 2012 2:34 AM
II am an independent voter. After hearing the former president Bill Clinton clearly told the truth about what's wrong about the republican party being led by Mr. Romney, at the same time he also told the truth why President Obama must be reelected. Now, I and my family, now know who to vote after listening to him.
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by: Ben
September 06, 2012 12:10 PM
Both presidents-hidden socialists and in the comparison with the socialists-fanatics of the past they know well who feeds America-the capitalism.Today`s socialist leaders are the liars and this defines their low moral standards that we know.

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