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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bill Clinton, Joe Biden Speeches and the Democratic Convention - Live Blogging

George Wenschhof

Some in the media were reporting yesterday, former President Clinton was having problems with the Obama campaign over what issues his speech tonight will cover. Supposedly, the Obama campaign wanted Clinton to stick to tonight's theme of "Securing America's Future" and Bill Clinton wanting to discuss the economy. Remember, It's the economy, stupid, was a statement made popular during his campaign. The economy is the main issue with voters again today - guess we just can't trust Republicans with our economy.

Some of the discussion continued today, but as of now the story is Clinton will give his own speech, tying the economy to national security. Sounds reasonable to me - how about huge funds from China invested in our national debt, or the huge oil imports from the middle east and how that effects our national security.

The other question is will Clinton be on board with Obama. I say the man is a great Democrat and former President who loves to give a good speech. After watching his wife, Hillary knock it out of the Park last night, he will be ready to give as good or better. if possible speech.

Expect Vice President nominee Senator Joe Biden to do fine when discussing foreign policy, national security and taking it to McCain and the George W. Bush administration.

President Clinton should speak soon and expect Biden in the 10:00 PM ET hour.
Huge applause as he steps on stage - they don't stop cheering! He has to ask them to stop and to please sit. We have important work to do tonight-first to support Barack Obama and second, I'm here to warm up the crowd for Joe Biden. I love Joe Biden and Americans will too. The primary race created so much heat it affected global warming. Last night Hillary said she is going to everything she can do to elect Obama, that makes two of us.
Speaks of the problems with the economy at home and our dependence on foreign oil and foreign lenders. Our failure to use diplomacy across the world. Rebuild the American dream and restore American Leadership in the world is the task for the new President and Barack Obama is the man for the job. Barack Obama is ready to lead and to be President of the United States.
Speaks about how Obama will provide jobs, can not be strong abroad unless we are strong at home. People have been more impressed by our example instead of the example of our power. Talks about how American workers are worse off under the Bush administration. America can do better and Obama will do better than that.
McCain unfortunately supports the economics and foreign policy positions of the Bush administration and Republicans. We can't give the Republicans four more years, in this case the third time is not the charm. Mentioned when he ran the first time the Republicans said he was too young and too inexperienced to be commander in chief. It didn't work then and it won't work now because Obama is on the right side of history. This is good stuff!
Join me, Hillary, and Chelsea in making Barack Obama the next President of the United States. You can read his prepared remarks here.
10:15 PM ET Biden is expected to speak anytime now. The rumor is McCain has picked his VP and will announce who it is at a rally in Dayton, Ohio on Friday. The McCain campaign will probably leak it tomorrow night after Obama gives gives speech. Their hope is to try to blunt the media attention Obama will receive after his speech tomorrow night.
The video clip theme continues as one begin now of Biden - it is another biography and is family oriented. You can watch the video here.
Beau Biden Attorney General of Delaware, speaks, explains the auto accident that claimed the lives of his mom and sister and how his Dad spent time with him, taking the train home from Washington. Talks about the violence against women act his Dad wrote, the crime bill. Speaks of his new mom Jill. He asks the crowd to be with him and Obama as his Dad was with him -
nice intro
Joe Biden receives a great applause - the crowd is fired up tonight, the last night at the Pepsi Center. Honor to share this stage with President Clinton - I only hope we can do it again. Speaks highly of Hillary Clinton. Talks about his dad saying if you get knocked down, get up- speaks of his Mom who is in the audience. Speaks about his stuttering and how she helped him. My Parents taught us that everyone was equal and anyone can make it.
Talks about the kitchen table conversations people are having with the economy so bad - slips and says we can't afford to let Bush, McCain to be elected - says Freudian slip, but how true.
Speaks of how Obama will bring positive change to America. He disagrees with the direction McCain wants to take America - not change that's the same, uses this line several times and the crowd chimes in. voted against minimum wage incresae 19 times
Supposedly, there has been a Obama sighting and he is in Pepsi Center.
Biden is doing a good job of spelling out the domestic and foreign policy failures of the Bush administration - America can not afford four more years of the same. He points out the differences in McCain and Obama in foreign policy issues and how Mccain has been proven wrong and Obama right over and over again.
This is Obama's time, this is our time, this is America's time - God Bless America Thank you. A very good speech. You can read the full text of his speech here.
10:55 PM ET Here is Barack Obama - surprises Biden - I am so proud to have Biden with me to take America back. I feel the convention has gone well don't you think? Michelle kicked it off pretty well don't you think? Hillary Clinton rocked the house last night, President Bill Clinton reminded us about what it is like when you put people first!
We are moving to mile high stadium tomorrow. The reason is change comes from the bottom up - we want to make sure everyone can be there tomorrow. God bless you, God bless America. The crowd is going wild!

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