Native son, former Arkansas Governor and former U.S. President Bill Clinton is still the biggest draw for state Democrats.
On Tuesday night at the Charlotte Democratic convention, Clinton was feted by the Democratic Party of Arkansas to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his nomination for President.
On Wednesday night, Clinton will nominate President Obama and is expected to give a recitation of accomplishments of the administration.
Peter Urban with Stephens Media reports from Charlotte:
Clinton, who will nominate President Barack Obama for re-election Wednesday in prime time at the convention, gave them a taste of his message.
Republicans, he said, want to return to power saying Obama has left the country in worse shape than when it was handed to him. But, the facts are against them, Clinton said.
“The facts are our friends,” he said.
Clinton talked for about 25 minutes, speaking mostly about the deficit that he blamed on Republicans who cut taxes, spent freely and borrowed heavily.
He also asserted that the economy has improved under Obama despite obstructionist efforts by Republicans in Congress.
He said that 4.5 million jobs were added under Obama’s tenure, and more could have been had Republicans agreed to send more revenues to local and state governments to hire teachers, firefighters and police officers.
Clinton also lauded health care reform, saying that costs are rising at less than 4 percent, the lowest rate in 50 years.
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