Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden also spoke at the convention. Click here to watch his speech too.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton delivered a
rousing endorsement Wednesday of Barack Obama, who earlier received the
Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency.
Mr. Clinton said his eight years in the White House and the work he has done since have convinced him that Obama is the man for the job. He said Obama is ready to lead the United States and restore American leadership in the world.
Mr. Clinton also said the nation is in trouble both
domestically and internationally after eight years of Republican
leadership under President George Bush. He argued that Obama's
Republican rival John McCain will only bring more of the same.
Mr. Clinton made his endorsement on the third day of the Democratic National Convention, just hours after his wife, Hillary, called on Democrats to suspend their symbolic roll call vote and nominate Obama by acclamation.
Mr. Clinton's convention praise for Obama is in direct contrast to the criticisms he heaped on the Democratic nominee during the long and bitter primary race. The former president campaigned vigorously for his wife and often criticized Obama, her main rival.
During the campaign, Mr. Clinton tried to raise doubts about whether Obama had the experience to lead the country. He aggressively attacked Obama's record as a senator for Illinois, with claims denied by the Obama camp.
But in his convention speech, the former president compared criticisms of Obama's age and experience to similar criticisms the Republicans used against him during his run for presidency in 1992. He said the tactic did not work then, and that it will not work now because Obama is on what he called "the right side of history."
Mr. Clinton's speaking role at the convention was announced earlier this month as speculation grew over tensions between the Clintons and Obama.
Obama has said he is honored to have Mr. Clinton's support. Both he and the Clintons have dismissed reports of tension and tried to present an image of Democratic Party unity. source
Bill Clinton Speech At The 2008 DNC Convention - Part 1
Bill Clinton Speech At The 2008 DNC Convention - Part 2
Bill Clinton Speech At The 2008 DNC Convention - Part 3