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Dem convention: Bill makes his case

“President Obama and his Republican opponents have fought to a draw for nearly four years over the best way to fix the economy. On Wednesday, Obama turned to the Democratic Party's explainer-in-chief to win the argument: Bill Clinton,” USA Today writes. “The former president did what he does best. He made the case for a Democratic-style economic revival based on investments in individuals and innovation. He stood up for the man who defeated his wife four years ago and stated the case against Mitt Romney better than anyone else has been able to do. For 48 minutes, he delivered a stunning tour de force that had delegates on their feet.”

Politico’s Haberman: Hurricane Bill made landfall here Wednesday night. Former President Clinton’s stem-winder at the Time Warner Arena ran longer than his infamous 1988 convention keynote speech as he urged voters to give President Barack Obama a second chance in office. In classic Clinton style, the 48-minute nominating address frequently digressed from the script, the teleprompter freezing as the 42nd president ticked off statistics and improvised lines about Paul Ryan’s ‘brass’ and the signal his wife and Obama have sent about avoiding politics as a ‘bloodsport.’ He easily blew past the 11 p.m. prime-time TV cut-off, but the networks stayed with him. In his speech, Clinton was clearly, if indulgently, enjoying himself in a way that Obama rarely seems to, as he prosecuted the case on the 44th president’s behalf in less than an hour better than the Oval Office occupant has been able to over the last two years The crowd went wild repeatedly. It was a display of political force that underscored what a singular figure Clinton is in American politics, in either party.”

The Boston Globe: “Former president Bill Clinton, in a fiery nominating speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention, mixed passion, policy detail, and humor with an urgent plea for Americans to stay the course with President Obama, who made a surprise appearance by joining Clinton on stage after his speech. Following a booming welcome from 20,000 delegates and guests, Clinton turned the tables on a familiar Republican critique of the president — that the country is worse off than in 2008 — by making a forceful argument that the reverse is true.”

AP: “Obama, Clinton seal alliance with bow, bear hug.” From the story: “[T]hey didn’t milk the moment. After just 60 seconds, they walked off the stage together, both smiling, Obama with his hand still clasping Clinton’s shoulder. On the convention floor, several former Clinton aides hugged and slapped high-fives.”

“Former President Clinton, once again in the political spotlight, electrified the Democratic National Convention Wednesday by passionately proclaiming that four more years of President Obama is the best choice for America’s future,” the New York Daily News writes.

“A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted prior to both political party conventions finds former President Bill Clinton with a 69% favorable rating -- a personal best spanning his presidential and post-presidential years,” Political Wire writes.

The Globe’s Johnson: “Elizabeth Warren used a national audience Wednesday night to deliver a campaign message that has hit a roadblock back at home. The Harvard Law School professor and US Senate candidate tried to boost President Obama’s reelection prospects at the Democratic National Convention by talking about his commitment to her pet cause: creating a consumer watchdog agency, most especially in the aftermath of the 2008 economic collapse. In doing so, Warren promoted Obama’s concern for a key political demographic, the struggling middle class. But she also connected herself to a still-popular political figure in Massachusetts while trying to stave off the prospect of ticket-splitting voters in her approaching Election Day showdown with Republican Senator Scott Brown.”