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Live discussion: How Clinton did it and what Obama needs to do

September 06, 2012|By James Rainey

For two nights running, Democratic partisans got to have their cake and then ate it too — their national convention highlighted by ringing speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

How much pressure does that put on President Obama, as he closes out the Democratic National Convention Thursday night by accepting his party’s nomination and explaining to a national television audience why he deserves four more years?

Political reporters Mark Z. Barabak and Robin Abcarian join me — Politics Now host Jim Rainey — for a video conversation today, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 pm. EDT), on what to expect from the final night of the Democratic convention and how the giant political party has done so far.

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Join us, live from Charlotte, as we discuss Clinton's divergence from his own message, what Joe Biden might say and the meaning of that Obama-Clinton hug. Also: the latest on how the Democrats might try to appease the thousands of campaign volunteers who expected to see Obama speak outdoors tonight at Bank of America Stadium, only to have their plans thwarted by a weather-related cancellation.

Democrats seemed nearly giddy about how the convention has gone so far, but what were the downsides? Did they stretch the truth in their attacks on Republican nominee Mitt Romney?

Finally, we’ll take a peek ahead at the next big events on the election calendar.

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