Former President Bill Clinton will speak at this year’s Democratic National Convention and will formally nominate President Obama as the party’s presidential nominee, according to reports.
Mr. Clinton will give his address on Sept. 5, the second-to-last day of the convention, which will be held Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte. Mr. Obama will formally accept the nomination in a speech on Sept. 6.
Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod told the New York Times on Sunday night that the former president was chosen because he can “really articulate the choice that is before people” and explain why Mr. Obama’s economic policies will help the nation more than those of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“There isn’t anybody on the plant who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton,” Mr. Axelrod said.
Mr. Clinton’s speech is expected to be the focal point the convention’s second-to-last day, and it will push a speech by Vice President Joe Biden back to the convention’s final night. In recent years, the vice presidential nominee has traditionally spoken on the second-to-last day.