“It Takes Some Brass”–Best Lines From President Clinton Speech To Democratic Convention


This morning people all over the nation are talking about Hurricane Bill.

That is what it felt like when the ad-libbing former president wowed and rocked the Democratic Party Convention last night.

One reporter talked glowingly about how the prepared remarks were presented to the media in advance of the speech, but Clinton took off over and over and added his own trademark add-ons.   In the end it was one of the most remarkable political speechs this year.

The best lines from the speech are here.

1. ”We believe ‘we’re all in this together’ is a far better philosophy than ‘you’re on your own.’”

2. “Democracy does not have to be a bloodsport. It can be an  honest enterprise.”

3. “Senator, I hate to break it to you, but we’re going to keep President  Obama on the job!”

4. “One reason we need to reelect President Obama is he is still committed to  constructive cooperation.”

5. “So here’s another jobs score: President Obama plus 4.5 million,  congressional Republicans zero.”

6. “No president, no president — not me or any of my predecessors, no one,  could have repaired all the damage he found in just four years. But he has laid  the foundation for a new, modern, successful economy, of shared prosperity, and  if you renew the President’s contract you will feel it. You will feel it.”

7. “So are we all better off because President Obama fought for health care  reform? You bet we are.”

8. “When Congressman Ryan looked into that TV camera and attacked President  Obama’s Medicare savings as quote ‘biggest coldest power play,’ I didn’t know  whether to laugh or cry. Because that 716 billion dollars is exactly, to the  dollar, the same amount of Medicare savings that he has in his own budget. It  takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.”

9. “You won’t be laughing when I finish telling you this.”

10. “As their campaign pollster said ‘we’re not going to let our campaign be  dictated by fact checkers.’ Now that is true. I couldn’t say it better  myself.”

11. “I think this [debt] plan is way better than Gov. Romney’s plan. First,  the Romney plan fails the first test of fiscal responsibility: The numbers don’t  add up.”

12. “We simply cannot afford to turn the reins of government over to someone  who will double down on trickle-down.”

13. “Now people ask me all the time, how we go four surplus budgets in a row.  What new ides did we bring to Washington? I always give a one word answer:  Arithmetic.”

14. “The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live  in? If you want a you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should  support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and  shared responsibility — a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote  for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”

15. “Though I often disagree with Republicans, I actually never learned to  hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate our  president and a lot of other Democrats.”

One thought on ““It Takes Some Brass”–Best Lines From President Clinton Speech To Democratic Convention

  1. Dick Klein

    Bill Clinton is persuasive. The Republicans will have their work cut out to refute what he said. I’m glad he is continuing to be involved.

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