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Biden, Clinton confirmed DNCC speakers
VP, former president get major roles
 
Published Monday, July 30, 2012 3:34 pm
by Herbert L. White

Vice President Joe Biden and former president Bill Clinton will take major roles at the Democratic National Convention.

The Democratic National Convention Committee and Obama for America Campaign confirmed today that Biden will speak on Sept. 6 at Bank of America Stadium before President Barack Obama. Clinton will deliver the nominating address on Sept. 5 at Time Warner Cable Arena. 

The Obama and Biden addresses are a return to a convention tradition in which the party’s standard bearers make speeches on the final night. The party suspended the practice in 1996. 

“As the president’s partner, Vice President Biden is uniquely positioned to talk about the tough decisions the President has made over the last four years to rebuild the economy after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and strengthen our national security,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the convention chairman.  He’ll give a first-hand testament to the president’s focus on doing what is right for the country, not what is politically popular.”

Clinton’s nominating speech is expected to contrast Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, especially on the economy, where Clinton presided over the nation’s last balanced budget and handed a surplus to his successor, Republican George W. Bush, in 2001.  

“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,” Villaraigosa said. “That economic progress was squandered in the following decade by a set of decisions that exploded our deficit, crashed our economy, and hurt the middle class. So, there is no one better to lay out the choice in this election between moving forward with President Obama or falling backward with Mitt Romney, who supports the same failed policies that led to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

The convention opens Sept. 4 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

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