Bill Clinton to Back Obama's Economic Plan in DNC Speech

Former president throws support behind Obama despite complicated relationship.
3:00 | 09/05/12

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President obama has touched down in charlotte just as former president bill clinton prepares to take the stage here this evening. And tonight, so many here at the arena still talking about michelle obama, the speech, the message and apparently the dress. Abc's white house correspondent jake tapper starting us off on the convention floor with the countdown to bill clinton. Good evening. Reporter: Good evening, there is a lot of drama about what bill clinton will say tonight and where president obama will speak tomorrow night. Reporter: President obama arrived in charlotte this afternoon while crews were dismantling the original location for the speech he's giving tomorrow night, the outdoor 73,000 seat bank of america stadium. With forecasts predicting a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, the obama campaign canceled the outdoor venue. The president will instead speak here at the time warner cable arena, less than a third the size. The campaign dismissed jibes from the romney campaign that what they were really worried about is voter enthusiasm. Were you really going to be able to fill all those seats? Absolutely. The fear is it is not just the rain, if there is lightning, people can get hurt. Reporter: Whatever the reason, they are leaving behind tens of thousands of disappointed supporters. I'm just incredibly bummed. I mean, I've been looking forward to this for a really long time. Reporter: That disappointment is in contrast to the elation delegates felt after first lady michelle obama revved up the crowd last night. Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. Barack knows the american dream because he's lived it. Reporter: Tonight's big speech will be given by a former nemesis of the president's, former president bill clinton. Both during the 2008 democratic primaries when obama vanquished hillary clinton. This whole thing is the biggest fairytale I've ever seen. Reporter: And since then, theirs has been a complicated relationship. But president obama is relying on clinton to validate his economic principles. David maraniss of the "washington post' has written biographies of both men. Events have conspired to bring bill clinton and barack obama to the same place. Bill clinton loves to be needed as much as he needs to be loved and he's really needed by barack obama right now. And, david, because the original plan it was to be i that outdoor venue where they were not going to be able to drop balloons for obvious reasons, there will not be balloons tomorrow night, after the president accepts his party's nomination for re-election, unlike what you normally see at such an event. As we saw last week when mitt romney accepted his party's nomination. So, david, I know you're a big fan of balloons. No balloons tomorrow, sorry. Jake tapper leading us off, we'll have to settle for the confetti cannons instead. Last night, it was not the confetti but the "i love michelle" signs in the air. And apparently somewhere place else, twitter. 28,000 per minute for the first lady in fact. And apparently, it wasn't just her speech, it was also her dress. And so we're going to turn down to the convention floor and abc's cecilia vega who is also right here in charlotte tonight, s cecilia. Yeah, david good evening. There were not so certain jabs sent out by the first lady last night. Every single one of though, the crowd went wild. At the end of the day, my most important title is still mom in chief. Reporter: She may be all wife and all mother, but for every first lady like smile there was a political punch delivered. For barack, success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives. Reporter: She never even mentioned her husband's wealthy oppont by name, not once. But she did pepper her speech with not so subtle jabs about

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