He is his wife’s best advocate, most ardent defender and biggest fan.
On Tuesday night, former President Bill Clinton’s job was to convince the American people that if they only knew his wife the way he does, they would not hesitate to put her back in the White House, this time as commander in chief.
He was charming and loving, wonky and passionate as he spoke of Hillary Clinton as a social-justice-minded law student, as a young wife, mother and public servant. Did he electrify his audience, as he did in 2012, when he gave a moving speech about Barack Obama’s first term?
Hillary Clinton's campaign moved aggressively Wednesday to stomp out talk of reviving President Obama's proposed Pacific trade deal, effectively declaring the multiyear negotiating effort dead.
The TPP, as the massive trade pact is known, is "in the rearview mirror, now," said Gene Sperling, the longtime Clinton economic advisor who also served as a top aide to Obama.
"There's no evidence" that "any version" of the TPP would meet the test that Clinton has set during the campaign — whether it would clearly improve the jobs picture in the U.S., Sperling said at a briefing sponsored by the Atlantic magazine.
During his Democratic National Convention speech, Sanders attacked the Republican nominee for suggesting a federal minimum wage below the current $7.25, what Sanders referred to as a "starvation wage."
Gov. Jerry Brown may not have gone to Donald Trump’s wedding – like Hillary Clinton did before she and Trump became political enemies – but he has had some up close time with the New York billionaire.
Brown, who will speak at the Democratic convention tonight, once hopped a ride on Trump’s plane. He remembers it vividly, though more about the interior of the plane than his conversation with Trump. The two were flying together from Palm Springs to Oakland, while Brown was mayor of the California city and was mulling bringing a casino there.
“It was quite enjoyable, because he has a very nice plane,” Brown said at breakfast hosted by Politico. “The thing I remember most was he had a Renoir in his plane. I was sitting there talking to him and I could not take my eye off this wonderful French impressionist [painting].”
President Obama says it isn’t just the idea of Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear button that he finds scary.
“I set aside the nuclear codes," he said in an interview broadcast on NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday. "What I think is scary is a president who doesn't know their stuff and doesn't seem to have an interest in learning what they don't know."
As Obama prepares to address the Democratic National Convention tonight, he warned in the interview that Trump could win in November.
Vice President Joe Biden said Democrats only have themselves to blame for their struggle to appeal to white working-class voters, saying Donald Trump has taken advantage of the fact that "not enough respect" has been shown to that group.
"The Democratic Party overall hasn't spoken enough to those voters," he said during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "They've done the right thing for those voters. They haven't spoken to them."
One reason Biden offered was that the party has been "consumed by crisis after crisis after crisis," and so not enough care was shown to explain why the policies they pursued were good for working people.
It’ll be a big day at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday as President Obama and Vice President Biden, two of Hillary Clinton’s most powerful and charismatic surrogates, work to lift her up in the polls. And Tim Kaine will accept the vice presidential nomination.
Kaine has been on the stump with Clinton already, but Wednesday will be his introduction to much of the nation. The speech will likely frame his career, showcase his role attacking the opposition and seek to assure progressives that the moderate former governor of Virginia shares their values
In Obama, Clinton has an asset no other nominee has had in recent decades: a highly popular incumbent eager to campaign for her. The president has vowed to put his formidable campaigning skills and good will to work with voters. Obama has also proven particularly skilled at prodding Donald Trump.
When former President Bill Clinton took to the stage of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday night it was just as much — or perhaps more — as the candidate’s spouse as a previous occupant of the Oval Office.
And since there’s a time-honored tradition of giving the potential leader of the free world’s arm candy a wardrobe once-over after such events, let’s dive right in. Bill Clinton, wait for it, wore a navy blue suit.
We don’t know who made the suit specifically (he’s worn Hickey Freeman and Hart Schaffner Marx in the past, among others) but we can tell you that if you stare at it long enough, a subtle tone-on-tone stripe becomes apparent.