Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clinton Rallies the Troops Behind Kerry; FORMER PRESIDENT HAILS NEW CANDIDATE AT CONVENTION

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clinton Rallies the Troops Behind Kerry; FORMER PRESIDENT HAILS NEW CANDIDATE AT CONVENTION

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Byline: JAMES LANGTON

BILL CLINTON proved he was still the Democrats' star draw as he opened the party's convention with a call to arms to send John Kerry to the White House.

Mr Clinton used his speech to the party faithful to accuse President Bush of botching both the economy and the war on terror.

"Strength and wisdom are not opposing values," the former president said of the man who followed him into office. He said Republicans "need a divided America, but we don't".

Eager to draw attention to Mr Kerry's military record, Mr Clinton said he could easily have stayed out of the Vietnam War. The former president said he, Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney all did so, but not Mr Kerry: "He said, send me."

The party's 44th national convention, which will officially nominate Massachusetts senator Mr Kerry for the November election, opened yesterday under extraordinarily tight security. At the same time Mr Kerry campaigned in Florida. …

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