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September 6, 2012 at 4:04 AM

Delegates react to Clinton’s speech, Obama’s prospects

CHARLOTTE — President Bill Clinton’s address at the Democratic National Convention last night won over the delegates in attendance and pundits watching. Here are some views of people who were there, “How did Bill Clinton’s speech impact President Obama’s chances of reelection?” The answers of the partisans are no surprise, but nonetheless revealing.

Lisa Henka, California

“Bill Clinton is a rock star. He can say things that nobody else can get away with saying and he says it with charm and grace and straight talk. The guy was amazing. Everybody from our whole delegation from California was just eating up every word and the rest of the country listens to what he has to say.”

Seeta Begui, Florida

“He unified the body. Anybody who was sitting on the fence has no business sitting on the fence. He basically told us the truth about education, economy, job creation. If you’re not a millionaire, you should be voting for Barack Obama because we are going to be building this economy from the middle class down, not the top down.”

Allison Holland, Alabama

“I definitely think [it influenced independent voters]. He talked about the economy. I know that’s the issue that everybody wants to know—what’s going to happen? What are you all going to do to help the situation? He broke it down in a way nobody else could, besides Barack.”

Denise Gore, Florida

“I think anywhere he speaks is going to be a plus for any candidate who’s running on the Democratic platform. He energizes the base. He was an excellent former president, who left our country millions of dollars of surplus. He just helps our party naturally. “

Seth Daniels, California

I think he did an excellent job at explaining to the American people what all the problems are with the Romney/Ryan budget and he also inspired all the people in this hall to go out and work in their communities and get their families and friends out to vote. I think he did as good a job as he could have done. That was one of the best speeches I’ve ever seen in my life. ”

Tammy Knightfleming, Alabama

“Michelle’s speech was very passionate. It brought families together and made you think about real-life issues. Bill Clinton, tonight, laid out the facts. What we’re facing as a country, as a nation, why we need to reelect Barack Obama as our President.”

Jake Young, Ohio

“I think it definitely helped because it laid down the framework for tomorrow’s acceptance speech by President Obama. It clearly identified the two choices between the far Republican right, whose sole goal is to defeat President Obama and say “No,” where as it showed the future ahead for Obama’s next four years.”

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