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Bill Clinton to bump Biden back a day at Dem convention

By Doug Powers  •  July 30, 2012 09:12 AM

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Unfortunately it looks like Joe Biden will not get a night at the convention all to himself. There hasn’t been such a collective letdown in America since the time the producers of Howdy Doody didn’t give Clarabell his horn and seltzer bottle until the last five minutes of the show.

President Obama has been invoking Bill Clinton and campaigning on his record for quite a while. For example: We created 23 million new jobs” during the Clinton presidency. At the start of the year, Obama tried to convince people it was still 2008, but since that didn’t work he’s hoping to make voters believe it’s the mid 1990’s — audacious initiatives for a campaign using the slogan “Forward”:

Former President Bill Clinton is set to play a central part in the Democratic convention, aides said, and will formally place President Obama’s name into nomination by delivering a prime-time speech designed to present a forceful economic argument for why Mr. Obama deserves to win a second term.
The decision to give Mr. Clinton a marquee speech on Sept. 5 at the convention means that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will not speak until the final night, aides said, when he and Mr. Obama will appear together outdoors at Bank of America Stadium. The vice president will introduce Mr. Obama before they accept the party’s nomination for a second term in the White House.

It is unusual in recent election cycles, although not without precedent, for the vice president not to get the stage to himself during a night at the convention. But in his speech, aides said, Mr. Biden is expected to remind Americans about the last four years and the administration’s accomplishments in a difficult economic climate.

Word is that Bill was all too happy to help out Team Obama (or “Team Obubba” as it were) at the convention after being informed Hillary wouldn’t be there.

In other Dem convention news, the Boston Globe is reporting that Elizabeth Warren might be asked to deliver the keynote address. With President Obama clarifying and re-clarifying “you didn’t build that” and Fauxcahontas doubling down on what he said, I’m not sure how eager the Dems would be to interfere with the “like charges repel” election physics that are at work this year, but you never know:

An Obama campaign official confirmed to the Globe Wednesday that US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is ­being considered as a possible keynote speaker for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

It would give the Massachusetts Democrat a national platform for her high-profile race against Senator Scott Brown, the same launch pad that ­Barack Obama used to vault ­into the public consciousness when he was an Illinois state Senator and was tapped to be the keynote speaker at the 2004 party meeting in Boston.

If the “Warren might deliver the keynote address” story turns out to be false, just remember… I didn’t build that.

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