By Russell Berman - 09/05/12 10:09 PM EDT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Clinton will make the case for President Obama’s reelection by casting the Republican ticket led by Mitt Romney as the embodiment of a “you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society.”
“The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in?” Clinton will ask, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the Obama campaign.
Clinton’s speech formally placing Obama’s name into nomination is one of the most anticipated addresses of the week, second only perhaps to the president’s acceptance speech on Thursday night.
The former president and one-time Obama critic is expected to paint a sharp contrast between the Democratic and Republican economic visions for the country. Twelve years after he left the White House, Clinton remains enormously popular with the public, polls show, and he is considered the Democratic Party's foremost economic messenger.
“In Tampa the Republican argument against the President's re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in,” Clinton plans to say. “I like the argument for President Obama's re-election a lot better.
“He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators.”
This will be the seventh consecutive Democratic National Convention in which Clinton will deliver a major speech. As is his custom, he was still working on the text Wednesday, hours before he was to take the stage.
—Amie Parnes contributed.