President Barack Obama joins Former President Bill Clinton on stage during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.
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September 10, 2012 The Democratic convention seemed to have more enthusiasm, better speeches and greater emotion than its Republican counterpart. But Charlotte is over, and bad economic numbers are the new reality.
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President Obama spoke at a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., on Friday.
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September 7, 2012 Republicans cast the Labor Department report showing another month of sluggish economic growth as evidence that President Obama's policies have failed. Democrats said the recovery will take more time and that the partisan impasse in Congress has hampered progress. But analysts say the latest numbers likely won't change voters' minds.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., waves to the delegates at the Democratic National Convention.
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September 7, 2012 The former congresswoman's appearance at the Democratic National Convention was an emotional moment.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm making one of her points Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.
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September 7, 2012 President Obama and Vice President Biden are naturally getting the big headlines. But it's former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm who is getting a lot of the buzz this morning. Watch her very spirited appearance.
What does your vision of America look like?
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September 7, 2012 At their conventions, the parties presented varying visions of America — as an entrepreneurial paradise where hard work, innovation and prudence are all that matters, and as a communitarian paradise where racial, national and religious differences are subsumed in a surge of shared success. Voters must decide which resonates most and why.
Vice President Biden and President Obama wave to the delegates Thursday night at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
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September 7, 2012 From claims about deficit reduction and job creation to things Mitt Romney has said about Russia and Detroit, the Democratic ticket twisted a few words here and there, independent watchdogs say.
September 7, 2012 Ann Dunham's fight with an insurance company before her death in 1995 is under scrutiny once more. And this time, a few words may tell a different tale.
President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday.
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September 7, 2012 Obama accepted his nomination highlighting a more somber version of the hope and change he promised in 2008.
President Obama and other members of his national security team monitored the mission that ended with the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
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September 6, 2012 Having given the order to kill Osama bin Laden, President Obama has silenced decades of Republican carping that Democrats are weak on defense. That still might not win the president many votes, however.
President Obama speaks during a campaign event at a high school in Toledo, Ohio.
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September 6, 2012 The theme of the Democratic Convention has been "Forward." In accepting the party's nomination tonight, President Obama has to answer the question, "Forward to what?" And he may take a page from Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1936 renomination speech.
Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
September 6, 2012 Democrats had to make some hasty and awkward changes to their 2012 platform. The GOP platform passed smoothly but contains some controversial language. Important as it is to set down in writing what a political party believes in, it has become increasingly verboten to talk about it too publicly. There are two big reasons why.
Former President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday night.
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September 6, 2012 While independent watchdogs aren't slamming Democrats for fudging the facts, they are finding some problems with what was said Wednesday by the former president and others on the convention stage in Charlotte, N.C.
September 5, 2012 In recent years, there's been a growing tendency for parties to offer convention speaking slots to ordinary Americans. Their testimonials might be more effective at conveying the benefits of various policies than claims from politicians themselves.
President Obama and former President Bill Clinton appear at a campaign event in New York in June.
September 5, 2012 Once political enemies, President Obama and Bill Clinton have established a partnership that's becoming a cornerstone of the Obama campaign. Clinton exemplifies perhaps the most crucial political gift that Obama seems to lack.
It may be in former President Bill Clinton's (and his wife's) interest to help keep the Democratic party together for the next convention.
September 5, 2012 The former president, who will speak tonight in North Carolina, has played a role in every Democratic National Convention since 1972. Reviewing Clinton's exploits at the past 10 annual confabs offers a set of milestones for his entire career — and recaps 40 years of convention history.
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