CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Every political party has had leaders it would like to exalt and leaders it would like to forget. Bill Clinton has managed to be both. He is the closest thing American politics has to a rock star, and he has sometimes behaved like one.
Luckily for President Barack Obama, Clinton today is about as popular as a political figure can be. And he is popular with exactly the voters that Obama and the rest of the Democratic Party have a hard time reaching — which is to say, white people.
That is why even though they haven't always been close, Obama invited Clinton to nominate him in prime time Wednesday evening, the first former president to do that.
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer defended President Obama on Tuesday against GOP attacks that Obama doubled the price of gas, arguing that Obama has expanded domestic oil production over the last four years, The Hill reports.
During a questionnaire Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney acknowledged that human activity contributed to global warming, but that U.S. regulatory actions alone would not solve it, The Hill reports.
President Barack Obama used a Labor Day stop at a solar manufacturing plant in Toledo, Ohio, to portray Mitt Romney's energy policies as backwards leaning and to counter GOP arguments that recent renewable energy gains are "imaginary."
Ohio, a key battleground state, is in the midst of an economic revival fueled by new energy technologies and the natural gas fracking boom, while its coal industry struggles.
Unlike Republicans who left Tampa nearly unanimously behind a fossil fuel agenda, the Democrats gathering in Charlotte this week have a more complex mission in selling Barack Obama’s ambitious but incomplete energy and climate platform.
For sure, the president will offer some impressive bragging points: On his watch, renewable energy production has doubled, oil drilling has increased, natural gas production has exploded and some of the most sweeping environmental protections in a generation have been cemented.
But beneath each headline simmers a certain unrest within his own ranks, and some difficult political realities.
Mitt Romney made clear in accepting the Republican presidential nomination that his strategy for the fall will boil down to a single, four-letter word: jobs.
"Lots of jobs," as Romney said for emphasis Thursday night in the finale of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
And he cemented energy policy and environmental regulation as a cornerstone of his efforts this fall to differentiate his approach from that of President Barack Obama. “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family," the Massachusetts Republican said in a line that captured some of the biggest cheers and jeers of the night.