Charlotte: Emphatically endorsing Barack Obama for a second term, charismatic former US President Bill Clinton on Thursday made a passionate plea to voters to renew the contract of the incumbent, who was cool on the outside but "burns for America" inside.
The two-time President, who is still hugely popular among Americans, shared the dais with Obama on the second day of the Democratic National Convention here and formally nominated him as the party candidate for the November 6 polls, saying he needed four more years to clean up the "mess" left behind by the Republicans.
"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," Clinton, formerly one of Obama's most bitter critics in the Democratic party, said in a spirited endorsement of the President.
"I want Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States and I proudly nominate him to the standard bearer of the Democratic Party," Clinton said. I
n his 48-minute rousing prime-time speech, he said, "If you renew the President's contract, you will feel it.". Lending his dazzle to the President's re-election efforts, Clinton, speaking directly to the American electorate, said he believes "with all my heart" that Obama was leading a remarkable, if incomplete, revival.
"In Tampa the Republican argument against the President's re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in," he said, referring to last week's Republican National Convention in Florida.
First Published On : Sep 6, 2012 17:12 IST