What to expect from Democratic National Convention
Brit Hume and Chris Wallace weigh in
- Duration 4:57
- Date Sep 3, 2012
Brit Hume and Chris Wallace weigh in
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It's either convention hall here on the big screen putting -- different pictures around the country let's talk about what we can expect here in Charlotte this week.
And get some context and perspective.
We welcome senior political analyst Brit Hume.
And FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace -- gentlemen Brit what about what the Democrats what the president has to do this week here -- Well -- -- he has to do is to get the full throated endorsement from Bill Clinton which is clearly expecting and that it's going to be one of the most watched and and most anticipated.
Elements of this convention is to hear the man who hated.
The wing of the -- of the Democratic Party which has become defunct.
Under Barack Obama I'm talking about the democratic leadership council -- you know the the the centrist part of the democratic parties basically gone.
And Bill Clinton led that.
You know it is hard and in his mind he has major disagreements with the way this president has responded to what happened in 1994.
He rules I'm I'm confident he will he will suppress all that.
And do his best as he did four years ago to deliver -- ringing endorsement that will make a convincing case against Mitt Romney.
But -- eager to hear him do it because of Bill Clinton you can never be sure so it'll be fascinating to watch Chris.
Two things I think first of all and they've had trouble would this as we saw on the Sunday shows they've got to answer the question.
That Mitt Romney writes are you better off than you were four years ago they're really struggling -- and it's a hard question to answer because a lot of the statistics.
On unemployment and debt and growth and a variety of other things.
Aren't very good.
The second thing I think is.
Not the comparison to Mitt Romney the comparison to Barack Obama and 2008.
You know we that was such a -- a convention that today -- re read.
Obama's speech in 2008 when he accepted at the big football stadium with a Greek columns.
It was a really impresses speech but it was all hope and change that he was a new fresh face on the political scene.
He's not that anymore and it's gonna be much harder we talked in Tampa about some conventions.
In the past you've covered and I said you've covered some 35 together Brit.
Can you bring us back to -- interest in what moments what sort of things are sometimes -- convention there's at a speech will be given -- moment will occur.
And at the time and in the period thereafter prep for the rest of that campaign in the speech will be remembered in -- a certain way.
And then later.
It'll come to be take on an entirely different meaning -- be regarded as valid I think of George -- George H.
Bush in 1998.
In -- -- -- there were a lot of -- of betting he'd gotten well behind in the some of the polling after the democrats' convention it was a much longer delay between.
The two conventions back then and there is now.
And he came out and made this speech which came to be known later on as the read my lips speech.
But at the time in that hall before those delegate some of whom may have had some doubts about him.
And before the country it was the I am that man speech and he delivered that line about himself readiness for the presidency I -- that man.
With great emphasis and force and I remember Michael Barone hoops scene if you could do it just turned to me -- -- time we stand together on the forty severe birdied that go to that strong I said.
Covering on net and covering him for some time I never had.
Now that line has now been almost lost to history in favor read my lips which the time was sort of considered it -- an applause line in a punch line.
But it will.
-- hadn't wasn't considered the key line of the speech now it is Chris you know I was thinking about this today because you gave us our work -- -- 1964.
The Democratic Convention was held in Atlantic City.
Lyndon Johnson this is less than a year after the assassination.
Of John F.
Kennedy and Robert Kennedy was gonna -- and Johnson was very concerned.
That big camp -- that they delegates who obviously were tremendous supporters of John Kennedy we're gonna stampede.
And they were gonna put him on the ticket may be replaced Johnson but certainly replaced.
Hubert Humphrey -- the running -- we scheduled a convention so that the nominations took place before Kennedy came on the last night and before he even got to speak that was like twenty.
Crying standing ovation and then he gave a beautiful speech quoting Shakespeare about -- -- but his dead brother.
And it was reported late at that after this -- tremendous outpouring and as a great.
A motion appears he went out to the fire escape of the convention -- and -- Often these things are very scripted.
Clint Eastwood was unscripted and I got a lot of attention do you expect anything unscripted here and -- -- that.
That may our -- that I'd I'd you doubt it.
But you certainly hope so and you know.
I play of the Clinton is obviously had one that they enjoys wonder about what does it -- ivory read his speech today he gave a very straight and he had a lot more reasons to dislike.
Barack Obama in 2008 than it does now I don't think we'll see much of scripted.
This didn't happen for him it's him or you'd never know the general himself as always thank you very much next up in the great.