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Dems ready for Clinton's prime time speech

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WIS) -

One of the most anticipated speakers for the Democrats takes the stage here in Charlotte in just a few hours.

Former President Bill Clinton is expected by many Democrats to give President Obama the push he needs to get ahead of Mitt Romney.

When Clinton finishes his speech, Democrats hope it has the same impact it did for Obama in 2008. Convention staffers spent Wednesday wrapping up final touches.

The question is, does Clinton have what it takes to convince voters to give Obama a second term?

"He's the best president we've ever had," South Carolina delegate Ruby James said of Clinton. "We ended up with a surplus and he just put us on the right road and made sure the middle class was well taken care of and he opened the door for Barack Obama."

"We need him. We need them both."

But some Republicans, who have set up shop inside the DNC, say Obama bringing Clinton back is an act of desperation.

"Let's face it, Obama needs anything he can get, so he's resorted to not running on his record of 2012, but on Bill Clinton's record of 1996," said NC Rep. Patrick McHenry.

New Jersey resident and Obama voter Tim Schlittner doesn't buy that argument.

"I would say, first of all, where was George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention and they know that those 8 years were not good years for the country and him and Vice President Cheney were missing in action because they don't want the American people to remember how bad it was between 2000 and 2008," Schlittner said.

Also scheduled to speak is New York Rep. Barney Frank, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and Delaware Gov. Jack A. Markell.

Clinton is set to speak just past 10 p.m.

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