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  • President Obama joins former President Bill Clinton after Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)President Obama joins former President Bill Clinton after Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • President Barack Obama joins the 42nd President of the United States, after Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.
(Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)President Barack Obama joins the 42nd President of the United States, after Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • President Barack Obama joins the 42nd President of the United States, after Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.
 (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)President Barack Obama joins the 42nd President of the United States, after Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Crowds of Democrats cheer as Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Crowds of Democrats cheer as Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Connecticut delegate Audrey Blondin, of Litchfield, Conn., has her picture taken with Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Connecticut delegate Audrey Blondin, of Litchfield, Conn., has her picture taken with Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Army veteran Barbara Heron of Accokeek, Md., watches speeches on the second night of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Army veteran Barbara Heron of Accokeek, Md., watches speeches on the second night of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • An attendee at the Democratic National Convention waits for her cellular phone to charge at a charging station in the back corridors of the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)An attendee at the Democratic National Convention waits for her cellular phone to charge at a charging station in the back corridors of the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • First Lady Michelle Obama waits for former President Bill Clinton to address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)First Lady Michelle Obama waits for former President Bill Clinton to address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Vice-President Joe Biden talks with First Lady Michelle Obama and her brother Craig Robinson at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Vice-President Joe Biden talks with First Lady Michelle Obama and her brother Craig Robinson at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Cristina Saralegui, journalist, actress, and talk show host, left hugs Benita Veliz, DREAM Act activist, at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Cristina Saralegui, journalist, actress, and talk show host, left hugs Benita Veliz, DREAM Act activist, at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Democrats an obstructed view of the stage watch speeches on a large video screen the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Democrats an obstructed view of the stage watch speeches on a large video screen the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Costco, addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Costco, addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Delegates hold signs touting President Obama's economic policies at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Delegates hold signs touting President Obama's economic policies at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Elizabeth Warren, candidate for US Senate in Massachusetts addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Elizabeth Warren, candidate for US Senate in Massachusetts addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Maine delegates Mark Oueltte, left, and Phil Bartlett, of Gorham, Maine at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Maine delegates Mark Oueltte, left, and Phil Bartlett, of Gorham, Maine at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Democrat delegates dance during a performance by Jessica Sanchez at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Democrat delegates dance during a performance by Jessica Sanchez at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • A Democrat delegate holds up a sign during an address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)A Democrat delegate holds up a sign during an address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • North Carolina delegate Vani Hari, who is staging a one-woman protest that the Obama administration has not addressed the issue of genetically modified crops, is interviewed at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)North Carolina delegate Vani Hari, who is staging a one-woman protest that the Obama administration has not addressed the issue of genetically modified crops, is interviewed at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Virgin Islands delegate Edgar "Baker" Phillips listens to speeches at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Virgin Islands delegate Edgar "Baker" Phillips listens to speeches at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Texas delegates Tina Guerrera, left, Mildred Hilbrich and Sofia Moreno-Castillo of San Antonio, Tex., show off Hilbrich's LBJ button during the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Texas delegates Tina Guerrera, left, Mildred Hilbrich and Sofia Moreno-Castillo of San Antonio, Tex., show off Hilbrich's LBJ button during the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Democrats cheer during an address at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Democrats cheer during an address at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Virginia delegate Palma Young, of Stafford, Va., cheers during an address at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Virginia delegate Palma Young, of Stafford, Va., cheers during an address at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • New Mexico delegate Maria Rudolfo, of Farmington, N.M., cheers an address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)New Mexico delegate Maria Rudolfo, of Farmington, N.M., cheers an address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. leads an address by the Women of the Senate at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. leads an address by the Women of the Senate at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. leads an address by the Women of the Senate at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. leads an address by the Women of the Senate at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • North Carolina delegate Tiffany Powers of Lumberton, N.C., applauds a speech at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)North Carolina delegate Tiffany Powers of Lumberton, N.C., applauds a speech at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Texas delegate Tina Guerrera, of San Antonio, Tex., cheers a speaker during the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Texas delegate Tina Guerrera, of San Antonio, Tex., cheers a speaker during the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Work crews begin two days of tear down of sets and lights that would have been used for Thursday's final night of the Democratic National Convention at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 5, 2012. The DNC sited weather concerns for moving President Obama's speech into the Time Warner Arena, while rumors fly that the switch was because the DNC could not fill the stadium.  (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Work crews begin two days of tear down of sets and lights that would have been used for Thursday's final night of the Democratic National Convention at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 5, 2012. The DNC sited weather concerns for moving President Obama's speech into the Time Warner Arena, while rumors fly that the switch was because the DNC could not fill the stadium. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Under stormy skies, work crews begin tear down of sets and lights that would have been used for Thursday's final night of the Democratic National Convention at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 5, 2012. The DNC sited weather concerns for moving President Obama's speech into the Time Warner Arena, while rumors fly that the switch was because the DNC could not fill the stadium.  (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Under stormy skies, work crews begin tear down of sets and lights that would have been used for Thursday's final night of the Democratic National Convention at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 5, 2012. The DNC sited weather concerns for moving President Obama's speech into the Time Warner Arena, while rumors fly that the switch was because the DNC could not fill the stadium. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Minnesota delegate Christal Perkins, of St. Paul, Minn. takes a nap as she saves seats for other delegates to watch President Bill Clinton address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Minnesota delegate Christal Perkins, of St. Paul, Minn. takes a nap as she saves seats for other delegates to watch President Bill Clinton address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  (\sn2028397\/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (\sn2028397\/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  (\sn2028397\/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (\sn2028397\/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  (\sn2028397\/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (\sn2028397\/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  (\sn2028397\/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (\sn2028397\/ The Washington Times)
  • Democrats bow in prayer during the Invocation at the second day of the  the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Democrats bow in prayer during the Invocation at the second day of the the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Branford Marsalis, saxophonist, composer and bandleader, opens the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by playing the National Anthem. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Branford Marsalis, saxophonist, composer and bandleader, opens the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by playing the National Anthem. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • ** FILE ** Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)** FILE ** Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Washington delegate Jennifer Sutton, of Iffaquah, Wash., blogs from the delegates' seats before the start of the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Washington delegate Jennifer Sutton, of Iffaquah, Wash., blogs from the delegates' seats before the start of the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (\sn2035795\/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (\sn2035795\/ The Washington Times)
  • DJ Cassidy spins music at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)DJ Cassidy spins music at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • ** FILE ** Antonio R. Villaraigosa, chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee and Mayor of Los Angeles, Calif. addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)** FILE ** Antonio R. Villaraigosa, chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee and Mayor of Los Angeles, Calif. addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Democrats bow their heads in prayer during the Invocation to open the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Democrats bow their heads in prayer during the Invocation to open the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill. addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill. addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Pennsylvania delegate Bill Cole, of Erie, Pa. talks with fellow delegates at  the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Pennsylvania delegate Bill Cole, of Erie, Pa. talks with fellow delegates at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden talk with Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. as they wait for former President Bill Clinton to address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden talk with Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. as they wait for former President Bill Clinton to address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Democrat delegates Janet Johnsn-Henderson, left and Sen. Joyce Elliot of Little Rock, Ark., dance during a performance by Jessica Sanchez at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Democrat delegates Janet Johnsn-Henderson, left and Sen. Joyce Elliot of Little Rock, Ark., dance during a performance by Jessica Sanchez at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democrats rushed to clean up a party platform mess Wednesday and moved to officially re-nominate President Obama for a second term in office as his predecessor, former President Bill Clinton, said voters this year must choose between Republicans’ “winner-take-all” vision of success and his own party’s “shared prosperity.”

Mr. Clinton, who left office amid budget surpluses and a roaring economy, delivered a point-by-point rebuttal to Republicans’ convention last week in Tampa, mixing deep policy talk with one-liners that had delegates here roaring with laughter.

Looking older but speaking with passion and the same thumb-gestures that made him ripe for caricature during his time in office, the former president harkened back to a Republican Party he said he used to be able to work with, but which he said has since become riven by a desire for conflict rather than cooperation.

Mr. Clinton also said it was impossible for any president in a single term to “repair all the damage” that Mr. Obama found when he took office, but said he’s laid the groundwork for a recovery. He said that’s what this year’s election comes down to.

“The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in?” Mr. Clinton said. “If you want a winner-take-all, you’re-on-your-own society, you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility — a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama.”

Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Mr. Obama himself arrived in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon and prepared for his Thursday speech accepting his party’s nomination.

He had been slated to speak at Bank of America Stadium, in front of more than 65,000 cheering supporters, much as he did four years ago to a stadium audience in Denver. But his campaign on Wednesday canceled the stadium and said Thursday’s speeches will take place in the much smaller arena where the convention met on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The party blamed the chances of thunderstorms, and said it would hold a conference call with those who’d gotten tickets for the stadium but would now be shut out.

Republicans, though, said the president was afraid he wouldn’t be able to fill the stadium, which they said highlighted the gap in enthusiasm for Mr. Obama compared to 2008, when he filled the stadium in Denver.

Democrats also scrambled to recover after they adopted a platform earlier this week that excluded language declaring U.S. support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and dropped a mention of God that had been in previous platforms.

On Wednesday they held a voice vote trying to add Jerusalem and God provisions back in — but had to hold the vote several times before the “Yes” votes clearly out-shouted the “No” votes.

The White House had pushed to add the language back in after platform became a distraction from their message.

Democrats are desperate to frame this year’s election as a choice between candidates rather than a referendum on Mr. Obama’s stewardship of the economy, and have repeatedly turned to social issues to try to peel black, Hispanic and women voters away from the GOP.

On Wednesday Sandra Fluke, the woman who Republicans denied a chance to testify to Congress on her support for Mr. Obama’s contraceptive policy, told the convention Mr. Romney “wont stand up to the slurs, or to any of the extreme, bigoted views in his own party.”

But it was Mr. Clinton, the man who led Democrats back to the White House in the 1990s, who was left the task of explaining the sluggish economy under Mr. Obama.

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