Bill Clinton Takes the Stage as Booker Stays in the Spotlight

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PHILADELPHIA — Former President Bill Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, on the same night that Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to be nominated to a major-party ticket. With the booing and jeering of Monday night’s showing from “Bernie or Bust” Sanders supporters absent following a walk-out from Sanders delegates, Clinton stirred the crowd into a frenzy as he followed his former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

Sanders delegates had decamped to the media tent outside the convention, staging a sit-in that lasted nearly an hour and a half.

Before that, Clinton’s close up-and-comer ally Cory Booker had stood beside his fellow U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and New Jersey State Democratic Chairman John Currie as they read out Hillary’s hefty share of state delegates. Booker, who campaigned early and often for Hillary in the primary, had sat next to the former president on Monday.

“When she got to college, her support for civil rights, her opposition to the Vietnam War, compelled her to change parties and become a Democrat,” Clinton said of the former Secretary of State’s youthful pivot from supporting hard-right Republican nominee Barry Goldwater as a high school Young Republican.

Clinton made an appeal to the frustration of progressives that Sanders tapped into throughout his campaign when he called the former first lady “the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.”

“This is a really important point. This is a really important point for you to take out of your convention. If you believe in making change from the bottom up, if you believe the measure of change is how many people’s lives are bettered,” he continued.

Addressing attacks against Hillary from Republican nominee Donald Trump, Clinton called Trump’s promises to a frustrated electorate to act as a reformer a series of fantasies.

“What’s the difference in what I told you and what they said? How do you square it? You can’t. One is real, the other is made up.

“You just have to decide — you just have to decide which is which, my fellow Americans. The real one had done more positive change making before she was 30 than many public officials do in a lifetime in office.”