Obama Camp on Bill Clinton’s Big Speech: What, Me Worry?

Aug 27, 2008 6:17am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: One Clinton down, one to goBarack Obama’s campaign insists they’re not concerned about former President Bill Clinton’s Wednesday address to the Democratic National Convention.

"We’re not nervous at all," Obama advisor Anita Dunn said on a conference call Wednesday morning. "We’re excited about President Clinton’s speech because we think it’s going to be a really electric moment in the convention hall when he gets up to speak."

If the Obama camp can properly channel that electricity, as they and the Clinton forces seemed to do on Tuesday, the former president’s speech could be a classic convention moment; if not, it could quickly turn into another sign of disunity in the fragile peace between the still-presumptive Democratic nominee and his defeated foe and her supporters.

Dunn says there is no concern on their part that the former president will get a negative greeting by some Obama supporters still healing their wounds from the primary campaign.

"We believe he will be warmly received and enthusiastically revived by the entire convention," Dunn said.

Clinton remains in an elite club — he’s one of only two living Democratic presidents and the only member of the party to win the White House twice since President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton did not give much of a preview of Clinton’s speech but said, "(Clinton) knows the challenges and choices that face our chief executive. He’ll talk about why Barack Obama is the right person to lead America right now, and why Sen. McCain’s promises are more of the same and the wrong choice for America."

The week prior to the convention in Denver, Obama and Clinton had a phone conversation about his speech.

"I said, ‘Mr. President, you can say whatever you’d like,’" Obama told reporters, recalling the phone conversation.

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