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Bill Clinton Burnishes Hillary's Liberal Credentials in DNC Speech

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 11:04 PM

Former President Bill Clinton made the case for his wife's liberal background before the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, proclaiming she was "always making things better."

Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination for president herself earlier Tuesday after a hard-fought battle with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders that brought many of her positions farther to the left.

Bill Clinton held the crowd rapt in a 41-minute speech in which he began talking about how he met her as the two were young idealistic college students.

He talked about Hillary's college work exposing segregated schools in Alabama and registering Mexican American voters in Texas. He also detailed her work with children and families.

When she rejected his initial proposals of marriage, Bill Clinton told her she was right not to marry him.

"I said, I know most of the young Democrats our age who want to go into politics," he said he told her. "They mean well, and they speak well, but none of them is as good as you are at actually doing things to make positive changes in people's lives."

He also detailed Hillary Clinton's efforts to improve education when she was first lady of Arkansas.

"She's insatiably curious. She's a natural leader. She's a good organizer, and she's the best darn change maker I met in my entire life," he said. "Some people say, 'Well, we need to change; she's been around a long time.' She sure has, and she's sure been worth every single year she's put into making people's lives better."

Hillary Clinton has never been satisfied with the status quo in anything," he said. "She always wants to move the ball forward. That is just who she is."

The former president moved along to talk about his wife's failed attempt to get universal healthcare as first lady of the United States, but told how she continued to fight to get health care for children.

Clinton also praised his wife's work as a mother.

"As you'll see Thursday night when Chelsea speaks, Hillary's done a pretty fine job of being a mother," he said.

Clinton noted that as senator from New York, Hillary Clinton served on a special Pentagon commission to propose changes to meet new security challenges.

"Newt Gingrich was on that commission," he said. "He told me what a good job she had done. I say that because nobody who has seriously dealt with the men and women in today's military believes they are a disaster."

That was a swipe at Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has taken heat from Democrats for his criticism of the military. Trump has since said he was talking about Iraqi troops when he made the comments.

Clinton praised his wife's work as secretary of state to President Barack Obama when al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed. But he didn't mention the Benghazi attacks, for which she has been criticized by Republicans, including at their convention last week.

Clinton said his words don't square with comments from the GOP convention because "One is real. The other is made up."

Republicans, he said, win elections on the theory that "government is always bad and will mess up a two-car parade," so a real change maker represents a real threat.

Instead, Republicans have created a cartoon alternative to his wife, he said.

"Cartoons are two-dimensional," he said. "Life in the real world is complicated, and real change is hard. And a lot of people even think it's boring. Good for you because earlier today, you nominated the real one."

He urged immigrants who are "working hard, paying taxes and obeying the law" who want to become citizens to "choose immigration reform over somebody that wants to send you back," another reference to Trump's immigration policy. " If you're a Muslim and you love America, and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together."

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