Bill Clinton Speech
Bill Clinton gave a strong nomination speech for President Obama. He not only fact-checked the GOP narrative, his speech was clearly intended to inform his audience of Democratic campaigners while simultaneously arguing to the TV audience that the GOP narrative is false. News agencies gave good reviews, including Fox News.
The former President attempted to give clear reasons and explanations for why he believed President Obama should be the next President without much spin. Politifact gave Clinton’s speech an almost unheard of true.
However, Factcheck found a number of problems with speeches leading up to the Clinton speech. On the second night of their convention, other Democrats misled viewers in several ways
“Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said the Republican platform would “take away a woman’s right to choose even if she is a rape victim.” The GOP platform strongly opposes abortion, but is silent on exceptions — leaving that up to the states, although states have proposed taking a woman’s right to choose in all cases.
The president of Planned Parenthood said Romney and Ryan “are committed to ending insurance coverage for birth control.” Politifact claimed that’s not true because both men have spoken against the government requiring employers to cover birth control at no cost to employees. However, Romney and Ryan have given support to allowing employers to choose insurance policies without abortion coverage.
A venture capitalist claims that Obama is “more than 60 percent” toward his goal of doubling exports by 2015. Government figures show the exports have increased by 29 percent since Obama announced his goal.
Several Democrats claimed the “Romney and Ryan budget” would cut domestic spending 20 percent across the board, crippling (fill in your favorite federally funded program). The Ryan plan doesn’t say what programs would be cut. And Romney has said he would not apply cuts evenly. Although that is true, clearly the Democrats were arguing as Bill Clinton does above that the Romney and Ryan have not given sufficient details on their program. Thus, there are two ways to argue the case. One would require the domestic spending cuts across the board or to argue that given the size of some programs they would have to be cut. In the cases, we found Democrats took one of the two approaches.
The full text is not provided here because Clinton ad-libbed too much from the pre-speech given to reporters.
Factcheck has argued that Clinton’s speech did contain some errors.. However, we’ve requested some clarifications. It appears to us that factcheck is in error.
by Todd Miller
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