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Bill Clinton's speech much longer than his panned '88 address

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Bill Clinton's address at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night was longer than his widely panned 1988 address to delegates.

As governor of Arkansas, Clinton delivered the nominating speech for Michael Dukakis 24 years ago. The speech lasted 33 minutes — about twice as long as it was expected to be, according to media reports at the time.

Clinton's nominating speech for President Obama, which touched on a wide range of policy issues, lasted 48 minutes.