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Biden’s speech likely to spotlight strengths, or foibles

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Folksy and loose, passionate and sometimes off script, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrives onstage Thursday night as the president’s most important political partner, policy enforcer, conscience, scold and occasional albatross.

4 years later, scarred but still confident

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He warned them in 2008, and when he formally opened his re-election campaign in May, he put it in his speech again. He will “never be a perfect president,” he said, a line he now repeats at stop after stop. The unspoken subtext: It’s not my fault if you didn’t listen or expected too much.

Clinton delivers impassioned plea for Obama second term

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Former President Bill Clinton and President Obama hugged onstage Wednesday night after Mr. Clinton delivered an impassioned plea on behalf of Mr. Obama’s re-election, the 42nd president nominating the 44th to a second term with a forceful and spirited argument that Democratic values would restore the promise of the middle class.

Can Obama break D.C. gridlock if re-elected?

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Polarized, gridlocked, uncooperative, partisan, impossible. That's how Democrats -- including some of President Obama's past and current White House advisers -- described the nation's capital during several moderated discussion sessions Tuesday at the party's convention here.

First lady Michelle Obama lauds husband’s values, vision

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First lady Michelle Obama declared Tuesday that her husband’s record in office has proved his values, his vision and his courage, as the Democrats opened their convention here with a wide-ranging appeal to the diverse constituencies and interests they must bring out in force to reelect the president.

PBS NewsHour: Democrats Play Offense in the South in Hopes of Turning Some Red States Blue

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Charlotte, N.C., will play host to the 2012 Democratic Convention. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and University of North Carolina's Kareem Crayton about the changing political landscape of North Carolina and how that will affect both the Democratic and Republican parties come Election Day.

Dems' time to shine at DNC convention

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Obama team sees convention as paving way to victory

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President Obama and his campaign team believe a successful Democratic National Convention can help plow a path to victory in November. Having experienced the same phenomenon in Denver four years ago, they hope to bottle convention magic one more time.

Republicans try to counter Democrats' convention

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Republicans prepared a counterpunch to the Democratic National Convention this week by introducing their new line of attack with a not-so-new question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

Democrats outline convention schedule

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Just when it seemed as if there could not possibly be any more red, white and blue speeches ringing across the airways from the convention floor, the Democrats are unveiling their counterpunch to the Republican show that has been under way all week in Tampa.