Bill Clinton portrays wife Hillary as change-maker in speech to Democrats

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Former US president Bill Clinton speaking on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Former US president Bill Clinton speaking on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. PHOTO: AFP
Former US president Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Former US president Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Former US president Bill Clinton speaks on the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Former US president Bill Clinton speaks on the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. PHOTO: REUTERS
Former US president Bill Clinton waves to the crowd as he arrives on stage for his speech on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Former US president Bill Clinton waves to the crowd as he arrives on stage for his speech on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. PHOTO: AFP
Ms Chelsea Clinton (2nd from right) and her husband Marc Mezvinsky (right) applaud with US Senator Elizabeth Warren (left) as former US president Bill Clinton speaks about his wife Hillary Clinton.
Ms Chelsea Clinton (2nd from right) and her husband Marc Mezvinsky (right) applaud with US Senator Elizabeth Warren (left) as former US president Bill Clinton speaks about his wife Hillary Clinton.PHOTO: EPA

PHILADELPHIA (REUTERS) - Former US president Bill Clinton portrayed his wife Hillary as a force for change and a long-time fighter for social justice as he made a case for her historic 2016 bid for the White House.

The ex-president told the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia that his wife was "the best darn change-maker I've ever met in my entire life."

"If you were sitting where I am sitting and you have heard what I have heard at every dinner conversation, every lunch conversation, every long walk, you would say this woman has never been satisfied with the status quo in anything. She always wants to move the ball forward, that is just who she is," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday US time (Wednesday morning Singapore time), Mrs Clinton secured the Democratic Party's 2016 nomination for the Nov 8 election, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history.

 
 

Mr Clinton told the convention in a keynote speech that his wife had been an activist for social justice since the couple's early days as law students together. He talked about how she gave legal aid services to poor people and went undercover to expose a segregationist school in Alabama in the 1970s.

"She's insatiably curious, she's a natural leader," he said, describing her as the Clinton family's "designated worrier" who was "born with an extra responsibility gene".

 

After a tough battle with US Senator Bernie Sanders during the state-by-state nominating contests, Mrs Clinton is now the party's standard bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump.

President from 1993 to 2001, Mr Clinton left office with high approval ratings and is known as one of the most powerful political orators in the country.

His speech offered an unusual twist to the warm spousal endorsement of a presidential candidate traditionally given in party conventions by a wife, not a man - let alone a former president of the United States.

Mrs Clinton's nomination was a milestone in America's 240-year-old history. US women got the right to vote in 1920 after ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.