Bill Clinton to Address Dems at Convention

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Former President Clinton will deliver a speech on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, just before the as-yet-to-be-named running mate for Barack Obama gives their address, Party officials have said.

The officials spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press before the details were formally announced.

But the move has some speculating over what could possibly come from having the former President speak since his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, ended her bid for the Democratic nomination after the rival campaigns essentially came to a draw in June.

After the sometimes acrimonious primary contest, the Obama campaign emerged the victor and Sen. Clinton bowed out and endorsed the Illinois senator.

Clinton has insisted that she is sincerely behind Obama. Now, she is expected to speak on the convention's second night.

But earlier in the week, video surfaced of Clinton at a California reception last week saying that her supporters deserve to have their voices heard at the Democratic convention beginning August 25 in Denver.

"Because I know from just what I'm hearing, that there's incredible pent-up desire," Clinton said in the video posted on YouTube. "And I think that people want to feel like, 'OK, it's a catharsis, we're here, we did it, and then everybody get behind Senator Obama.' That is what most people believe is the best way to go."

Although the New York senator said she wanted a unified convention, her remarks seem to suggest that she would not object if her delegates made a symbolic show of support for her -- especially since she has not been seriously considered as a running mate.

When presented with the possibility of having Clinton's name come up for a floor vote at the convention as a sort of cartharsis, Obama was less than enthusiastic over the idea.

"I'm letting our respective teams work out the details. I don't think we're looking for catharsis. I think what we're looking for is energy and excitement about the prospects of changing this country," Obama said.

Sen. Clinton was expected to deliver a prime-time address to delegates on August 26.

With the delegate roll call planned for the next evening, Obama was set to accept the nomination with a speech on the convention's fourth and final night.

Sources: The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times

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