If you look at his prepared remarks, there were plenty of moments when Former President Bill Clinton went off script last night. That might explain why he didn’t end his speech until 11:23p ET (you can also attribute the thunderous cheers of the convention crowd to that as well).
It’s not surprising that the former President stole the show Wednesday. After watching the speech last night, former McCain-Palin Sr. Adviser Steve Schmidt said on msnbc that he wishes his party had someone who could deliver a message like President Clinton - but that the 42nd President is in a league of his own.
Team Obama knows the power of President Clinton’s support, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s being deployed to campaign in two of the states arguably most critical to President Obama’s re-election: Florida and Ohio.
Alex Wagner and a full panel are live in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention today. We’ll break down the best moments of the night - including all the material that President Clinton added into his speech beyond the prepared remarks. And of course we’ll look ahead to the biggest moment of the convention: tonight’s nomination acceptance speech from President Obama himself.
See you at noon ET on NOW.
John Heilemann, National Affairs Editor, New York Magazine/msnbc Political Analyst (@jheil)
Mark Leibovich, The New York Times (@markleibovich)
Sam Stein, The Huffington Post/msnbc Contributor (@samsteinhp)
Katty Kay, BBC World News America (@kattykaybbc)
Mark Halperin, TIME/msnbc Sr. Political Analyst (@markhalperin)
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Asst. Democratic Leader (@clyburn)
Christine Quinn (D-NY), City Council Speaker (@chriscquinn)