Clinton Says Obama Helped Tweak His DNC Speech

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Sept. 12 2012 12:53 PM

Clinton Says Obama Helped Tweak His DNC Speech

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Bill Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Florida International University for President Barack Obama on September 11, 2012 in Miami

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Politico's Reid Epstein and a pair of fellow Washington journalists landed a brief interview with Bill Clinton last night when they unexpectedly crossed paths in the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel.

The former president appears to have kept things relatively short, but he did share some interesting info about who helped him on the final draft of his rather epic DNC speech last week.

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"President Barack Obama offered a few key edits to Bill Clinton’s convention speech — and Clinton agreed to them, the former president told POLITICO Tuesday night.
"Clinton said Obama made suggestions on the sections of his speech that dealt with Medicare and welfare reform, though the former president declined to say specifically what Obama advised him to modify. Clinton said he worked on the speech with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, who served in the same role during his administration, and that he showed Obama the full text for his prime-time speech that morning."

As you may remember, Democratic officials expressed varying degrees of worry ahead of Clinton's remarks given the former president had decided to keep things close to the vest until the convention was underway.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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