By Mark Curtis ABC 6 Political Reporter
It was a warm reception for Former President Bill Clinton as he nominated and endorsed President Obama for a second term in the White House. The Clintons and Obamas have been rivals, not always on friendly terms.
"I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside. A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation. A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama," said former President Bill Clinton. "I want Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States and I proudly nominate him as the standard bearer of the Democratic Party," Mr. Clinton added.
Ken Riter, (D) Nebraska Delegate said, "It just shows that Democrats can come together for a common purpose, especially when we need to re-elect someone who has done such a wonderful job these past four years."
Myrth York, (D) Rhode Island Delegate said, "I think it speaks of political issues being political issues, and then after those fights are over we come together. That's what should happen."
The Bill Clinton endorsement and nomination may give a boot to President Obama in key battle ground states where undecided voters may swing the decision. States such as Iowa are toss ups.
Tom Vilsack, (D) Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Governor said, "We've turned the corner. We're coming back. And I think Bill Clinton is probably a great person to remind America, about those comebacks. He used to refer to himself as the comeback kid."
This is the seventh time Bill Clinton has addressed a Democratic National Convention.
ABC-6 Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Thursday night at the convention is the capper. Vice President Joe Biden will give his acceptance speech and then President Obama takes the stage to explain why he believes he deserves another term in the White House. At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Mark Curtis, ABC6 News.