August 27th, 2008
07:18 AM ET
13 years ago

Bill Clinton to take center stage at Democratic convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Close attention will be paid to what former President Clinton says about Barack Obama."]
(CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden will make his first appearance before the Democratic National Convention as his party's vice presidential nominee Wednesday night, but the real drama of the evening may come from former President Clinton and what he says about Sen. Barack Obama.

"I think things are actually progressing better than maybe some of us might have thought in terms of the relationship between the two of them," said Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN contributor.

"They haven't known each other very well or very long. And Sen. Obama ran against his wife, and there's still some bruised feelings, but I think the president and Sen. Obama are trying very hard to reach across that divide."

As the Democrats gather for their third day in Denver, the theme of the night will be national security, an issue traditionally owned by the Republicans. Some of the Democrats' most experienced statesmen are expected to argue that Obama is the best candidate to strengthen America's national security.

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  1. John in Ohio

    No Way, No How, No McCain.

    There is too much at stake to risk even four more years of Republican failure. Even if *you* might personally survive it, even if I survived a tour in Iraq when I was in the military during Bush's 8 years, there will be a lot of people who don't survive. And with a bellicose McCain looking for a causus belli to justify war with Russia, your own personal survival odds aren't real good.

    We're in a plane. It's going down. Are we gonna hand the controls to a pilot who, while new, can pull us out of the tail spin and maybe get us back on course? Or, conversely, are we gonna keep the plane in the hands of the crazed kamikaze currently behind the stick for just 4000 more feet because we don't like the new pilot?

    Think fast, the ground is 3500 feet away.

    August 27, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. Mike

    McBush, McSurge, McDraft, McBomb.
    When that Red Phone in the White House rings at 3AM. Please let the reasoned,calm,intelligent, Barrack Obama take the call. Not the hot tempered, war hungry,Lobby influenced, John McWar!

    August 27, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. checkthisout




    August 27, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Judgement over Experience

    I am not a fan of Hillary's and did not vote for her however her speech last night was the first time to me she showed any honesty. When she scolded her supporters for their misguided support was perfect. Her puma/pac supporters act like love struck stalkers and I think that troubles her and it should, she created that monster.

    August 27, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  5. Shirley-Ohio

    I hope when Bill take the stage, he will put more effort into helping Obama by stressing that he feels Obama is reading and he needs to address those attack Ads that he wife created and the Republicans are using against Obama. Right now, it is about the Democratic Party and if a Republican can when the White House after a bad Bush years then the Democrats will probably never ever get the White House back. This will shoot down hopes for Hillary and Chelsea. You can best believe when Hillary run, Condi Rice is going to run as well and she is just as strong as Hillary. If Obama loses because of division of the Democratic Party, a lot of African Americans will probably not vote because they will probably feel it's not worth it anymore.

    August 27, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. DUMB party

    Democrats are the dumbest bunch of people. After 8 years of the GOP and the way they have treated us... Ya'll dumb people still want to vote in another Bush....

    No wonder McCain uses the Democrats in his ad because we don't think.... Just plain dumb...

    And I bet CNN will not post this... Fox will because they know I am telling the truth.

    And no wonder they gave our symbol the Donkey....

    August 27, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. Viet Hoa

    Hopefully, his speech will cast a shadow over the Obama advantages. I know for sure he enjoys doing it and I believe that he will do it. Anyway Hillary is the best candidate for Democrat.

    August 27, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  8. Stacy Clarks, TX





    August 27, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. Susan

    Clinton is a good speaker. He will show support for Obama.

    August 27, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. RO

    IF you think someone who thinks war is the answer all the time, then go for McCain...just because he served in the military doesn't mean he is an expert! Goodness! McCain is just a McBush in disguise! IF you liked what we have been through in the past 8 years and want 4 more years of the same,, go right ahead and vote for McCain. He will not, and I repeat, will not work for the average Americans.

    August 27, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  11. People make no sense

    The ticker says, "McCain has an advantage on national security." Didn't this man spend his entire military life captured? Is that someone we want to take military advice from? How stupid are Americans?

    August 27, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. Tony

    Hope he slams Bush/Cheney and McCain.

    August 27, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. hahaha

    How is it that the Republicans have the advantage over Democrats on National Security? The entire handling of the war has been a complete mess. It has cost us lives, resources, and a ton of money. How is that an advantage? This is laughable.

    August 27, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. DP

    The Clinton Machine is awesome they are professional. I have to say Obama does need the Clintons and may need to reach out more. But to all the Clinton supporters you are going to need Obama as well, if she wants to run in the future. I will if The Clintons bring Obama down, don't you think the Obama supporters are going to do the same. It was a fair race why is everybody so upset. I personally do not care as long as Mcsame is not there.

    August 27, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. Alice in Florida

    Bill doesn't owe Obama or the disgusting DNC anything! Last night just proved that Dean, Pelosi, Kennedy, Richardson, and the rest of the gang of idiots SELECTED the wrong person as their nominee.

    I will vote for McCain in 2008

    I will vote for Hillary in 2012

    I also congratulate Bill for not attending the False Candidate's coronation. I certainly won't watch it. I've heard enough speeches from windbag Obama to last me a lifetime! Thank goodness he'll only be a lesson in how to LOSE a "sure thing" after November!

    I will enjoy, however, watching O-um-uh stutter and stammer his way through the debates with McCain. THAT will be fun!

    August 27, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  16. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Okay Bill, Time to do somethng besides make sorry statements like the scenario from yesterday.
    I supported you in the best of times and in the worst of times; now it's your job to support the Senator Obama.

    August 27, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. galactic def klingon

    This should be interesting–trying to paint a picture of how cleverly a politically correct individual with no conflict experience and no military record–will be better in this unsafe world to halt Russian, Korean, Iranian aggression, domination and a looming arms race.

    Particularly–when Clinton's own policies and actions–failed to recognize the threat of Al Qaeda, failed to slow or halt Russia, Korea, or Iran from their expansionist efforts, and did even less with respect to the human suffering and aggresion on the African continent.

    On another note–Clinton is renowned for accomplishing very little with pizzaz–so perhaps a little of that will rub off.

    Wake me when his speech is over–I'll analyze the transcript.

    August 27, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. Paul

    They just don't get any better than Bill Clinton.

    August 27, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. Ted

    After the speech last night by Senator Clinton and tonight's speech by President Clinton many will find themselves continuing to question their choice for Dem. nominee.

    President Clinton brought one of the best economic times in our country's recent history. The problem in the primary was the young voters who supported Obama were too young to remember those good days and were swayed by an internet marketing campaign of Obama.

    August 27, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  20. Scott

    Bill Clinton is the Man, and the Democratic Party is relevant in 2008 because of him. The entire party owes him a debt of gratitude. Obama in 2008, Hillary in 2012.

    August 27, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  21. GrammieJ

    Hey folks,
    If there ever was a time for us to wish someone "get a bad cold, or stomach pains" it is tonight. We need s substitute for sure for this one. Will turn off the TV tonight and get some good rest from the mis-led Clintons!!

    August 27, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  22. Ken from Michigan

    I think President Clinton will deliver the same kind of intense speech that Hillary did, at least that's what I think he should do. Hillary has regained 95% of my respect as a politician, she did what she needed to do to save the party. The former President has a long rope to hoe in order to do the same.

    August 27, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  23. yen

    Among other things , Bill Clinton has to say that Obama can be commander in chief from day one. He should not leave any myth. He has to repair everything dirty they have been saying when they were running against Obama. They owe it to the American people and to the Democratic Party who supported them all those years they were in power.They were in denial at the time, now McCain is using Hillary to attack Obama. You have to find some creative way to counter attack McCain.

    August 27, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  24. Gerald in Georgia

    I am not a Clinton fan at all but ole' girl nailed it last night! Lets be honest Bill has to bring it tonight whether he belives what he says or not. CNN do us all a favor, there are 20,000 plus people in the Covention Center, stop roaming the crowd looking for the one person who still won't vote for Obama. CNN you are really starting to lower your satndards just to keep this controversy going. That was a real Fox News move you did last night. I wonder if you will roam the crowd next week at the Repug convention looking for anyone who will vote for Obama and not McCain. I mean it's only fair because you did it last night!!

    August 27, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  25. Pam

    I wouldn't be surprised if Bill Clinton never even mentions Obama's name in his speech.

    August 27, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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