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What happened on the second day of the Democratic National Convention:

• Former president Bill Clinton sought to humanize his wife with a personal, folksy account of his wife's lifetime of public service.

Hillary Clinton was officially nominated for president and will be the first woman to lead a major-party ticket. In a show of unity as a member of Vermont's delegation, Bernie Sanders moved that "Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States."

• Many speakers celebrated the history making fact of a woman nominee, and Hillary Clinton appeared at the end of the night via video to say to little girls, "I may be the first woman president. But you're next."

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Why Bill Clinton is still one of the most popular ex-presidents

Bill Clinton is speaking tonight on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic nominee for the presidency. President Bill Clinton's own presidency was characterized by his consistently high approval ratings. Even in the midst of political turmoil — his highest approval ratings came during impeachment hearings in 1998 — he remained one of the most popular modern presidents. Unprecedented economic growth helped sustain his popularity even after leaving office.

Clinton's tenure was largely characterized by the importance he placed on economic growth. His time in the White House led to the longest economic expansion in American history — a period of 115 consecutive months of economic growth, and the lowest unemployment rates in 30 years. 

Clinton was the only president to have a near-perfect period of job growth, adding over 22 million jobs, the most ever created under one president.

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