Clinton endorses President Obama at convention

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton has offered a ringing endorsement of President Barack Obama, saying he believes with all his heart that Obama's leadership on the economy will bring it back.

Clinton used a lengthy speech at the Democratic National Convention that was punctuated by frequent applause and laughter to nominate Obama, applaud his accomplishments and attack proposals offered by GOP nominee Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.

Clinton accused Republicans of proposing "the same old policies" that led to a near financial meltdown. Using a quote from Ronald Reagan often employed to rebuke Democrats, Clinton said "There they go again." He said the nation "cannot afford to turn the reins of government over to someone who would double down on trickle-down."

Clinton also said Romney's claims that Obama would gut welfare work requirements are simply not true.

The former president was joined on stage by Obama. They embraced while delegates roared. Obama will address the convention on Thursday.

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