Obama turns to Bill Clinton for key convention speech

July 31, 2012

By David Jackson, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – The up-and-down relationship between President Obama and predecessor Bill Clinton is back on the upswing.

Clinton is getting a prime-time speaking slot at the Democratic convention, organizers announced Monday. It’s part of the current president’s plan to promote his economic policy with the help of a predecessor who presided over a boom economy in the 1990s.

President Clinton oversaw the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, pursuing many of the same policies that President Obama is proposing and implementing today,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the convention to be held Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte.

Clinton plans to discuss the economy on Sept. 5, when he formally places Obama’s name in nomination for re-election. Vice President Biden will speak Thursday, introducing Obama before his acceptance speech.

Obama strategist David Axelrod said Obama personally asked Clinton to deliver the speech. Clinton didn’t issue a statement Monday, but he has said he will do whatever the Obama campaign asks as it confronts challenger Mitt Romney.

The Obama-Bill Clinton relationship has not always been a smooth one.

Four years ago, tensions surfaced frequently as Obama ran against former first ladyHillary Rodham Clinton to claim the Democratic presidential nomination. This year, Clinton raised eyebrows by saying that Romney had a “sterling” business career and appearing to question Obama’s attacks on it.

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