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Bessent: Clinton speech to Democrats excites Schumer

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks during

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sen. Charles Schumer was clearly reveling in the afterglow of former President Bill Clinton’s speech as he made the rounds at the New York delegation’s Thursday breakfast at the Democratic National Convention.

“In church they say preach, baby, preach. This was teach, baby, teach,” New York’s senior U.S. senator said of Clinton’s Wednesday night address. “If every American watched that speech, the election would be over.”

Clinton’s relationship with President Barack Obama has at times been frosty and even now reportedly isn’t exactly warm. After all, Obama did beat then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in a tough fight for the Democratic presidential nomination four years ago. But now Bill Clinton is apparently all in. Schumer said the former president told him he’ll spend the month of October going around the country delivering the “elect Obama” message.

On Wednesday, Clinton did manage the near impossible. He crammed an awful lot of policy detail into an address that, in classic Clinton fashion, went on about twice as long as scheduled and blew way past the 11 p.m. end of network TV’s prime-time window. But that didn’t dampen the spirit of the Democratic throng. He even got rousing applause when reciting numbers documenting the slowing rate of increase in heath care spending (yawn) and comparing the job-creation record of Democratic and Republican presidents over the last 52 years.(Dems win.)


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