Bill Clinton Convention Speech Defends Obama From Welfare Attacks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In his Wednesday night address to the Democratic National Convention, former president Bill Clinton defended President Barack Obama from Republican charges that Obama “gutted” the welfare reform legislation Clinton signed into law in 1996.

Clinton called the charge “a real doozy.”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has claimed in television ads and stump speeches that Obama singlehandedly removed the welfare reform law’s requirement that states ensure a certain percentage of welfare recipients engage in work or work-related activities. In fact, the Obama administration announced in July only that it would consider waivers of certain federal welfare rules for states interested in trying projects to boost employment among welfare beneficiaries.

“Here’s what happened,” Clinton said. “When some Republican governors asked to try new ways to put people on welfare back to work, the Obama administration listened, because we all know it’s hard for people to get jobs today, so moving people to work is a real challenge. So the administration said they would only do it if they had a credible plan to increase employment by 20 percent.”

Republican-led Utah and Nevada were among the states interested in leeway from welfare rules they considered unhelpful in putting poor parents back to work. While Romney’s ads have said Obama “quietly ended the work requirement,” no waivers have even been issued. And Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has said he would only support waivers “where work and self-sufficiency were the basis for the program waiver.”

“Did I make myself clear? The requirement was for more work, not less,” Clinton continued. “This is personal to me … The claim that President Obama weakened welfare reform’s work requirement is just not true. But they keep running ads claiming it.”

The Romney campaigns ads use images of Clinton signing the welfare reform bill into law. Clinton previously called the premise of the ads “not true,” as have a plethora of independent news organizations. The Romney campaign has said, however, that it will not be deterred by fact-checkers.

“Their campaign pollster said, ‘we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,'” Clinton said. “Now, finally I can say, that is true. I couldn’t have said it better myself –- I just hope you remember that every time you see those ads.”

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    Robert Wexler, President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and former Representative from Florida, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Ledisi

    Singer Ledisi preforms during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Joe Kennedy III, candidate for the House of Representatives from Massachusetts, waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Joe Kennedy

    Joe Kennedy III, candidate for the House of Representatives from Massachusetts, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi applauds with women from the House of Representatives wave after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Nancy Pelosi

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic women of the House of Reppresentives wave to the delegates atthe Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Candidate for the House of Representatives Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii with the women from the House of Representatives at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Harry Reid

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Harry Reid

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Anthony Foxx

    Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Tim Kaine

    Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine waves to the delegates from Virginia before addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Pat Quinn

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Doug Stern

    Ohio firefighter Doug Stern addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Charles Gonzalez, Nydia Velázquez

    Rep. Charles Gonzalez of Texas and Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York address the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Bev Perdue

    North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Mary Kay Henry

    Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Rep. Charles Gonzalez of Texas points to delegates as he walks on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Cory Booker

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Cory Booker

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Alice Germond

    Alice Germond, Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Barbara Lee

    Rep. Barbara Lee of California addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks to delegates during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Priscilla Chavez, Carla Chavez

    New Mexico delegates Priscilla and Carla Chavez cheer during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Antonio Villaraigosa

    Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa blows a kiss to he delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland gives the thumbs up to delegates during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Andrew Tobias

    Andrew Tobias, Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa hugs Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida, before speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley along with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, center, from Florida, speak to delegates during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Debbie Wasserman

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida, gavels the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • Steny Hoyer

    Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida, gavels the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • The 3rd grade class of W.R. O’Dell Elementary School, from Concord, N.C., recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida, waves to delegates at the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Metropolitan Nicholas

    Metropolitan Nicholas, Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit, delivers the invocation at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Joe Biden, Jill Biden

    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, to attend the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida, speaks to an aide during a sound check before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Julian Castro

    San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro talks to reporters at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. The mayor will give the keynote speech at the DNC. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Nancy Pelosi, Rosa DeLauro

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California task with Rep. Rosa Delauro of Connecticut, right, during a sound check at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Nancy Pelosi, Joyce Beatty, Tulsi Gabbard

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, center, looks over the stage with Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives, Joyce Beatty of Ohio, left and Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, right, during a sound check at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Karl Rove

    Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush, is seen on the floor after a television interview at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • Nancy Pelosi

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California looks over the convention floor during a sound check at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Nancy Pelosi

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California walks across the stage under a large television picture of former President Jimmy Carter during a sound check at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Michelle Obama

    First Lady Michelle Obama waves as she appears on the stage for filming a campaign video at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Michelle Obama, Kal Penn

    First Lady Michelle Obama appears on the stage with actor Kal Penn for filming a campaign video at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Michelle Obama, Kal Penn

    First Lady Michelle Obama appears on the stage with actor Kal Penn for filming a campaign video at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Michelle Obama

    First Lady Michelle Obama waves as she appears at the podium for a camera test on the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Michelle Obama

    First Lady Michelle Obama gestures as she appears at the podium for a camera test on the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Michelle Obama, David Cove

    First Lady Michelle Obama listens to head stage manager David Cove at the podium for a camera test on the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Michelle Obama

    First Lady Michelle Obama waves from the podium during a sound check at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Michelle Obama

    First Lady Michelle Obama waves as she appears at the podium for a camera test on the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • First Lady Michelle Obama listens to a production manager during a sound check for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Production crew makes final preparation on the stage for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Kelly Jacobs, from Hernando, Miss., wears button laden campaign hat while touring the convention hall ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • A delegate shows off her President Barack Obama button in the convention hall before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Julian Castro, Joaquin Castro

    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, left, who will be the convention keynote speaker, and his twin brother, State Representative Joaquin Castro, who is running for U.S. Congress, are interviewed at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • Antonio Villaraigosa

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks to a reporter as he tours the floor at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz,

    Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., fourth from left,, poses for a picture with Goergia delegates on the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Production crew work on final adjustments at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Charlotte Prepares For Democratic National Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 02: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (C) is seen during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will start on September 4 and run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte Prepares For Democratic National Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 02: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (L) stands on stage with his brother Joaquín Castro during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will start on September 4 and run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte Prepares For Democratic National Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 02: Workers stand on stage during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will start on September 4 and run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • US-VOTE-2012-DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

    Banners announce the upcoming 2012 Democratic National Convention on September 1, 2012 outside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Preparations for the Democratic National Convention have begun around Charlotte where the the party is expected to nominate US President Barack Obama to run for a second term. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Charlotte Prepares For Democratic National Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (R) tours the stage as preparations continue at the Time Warner Cable Arena for the Democratic National Convention on September 1, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to run from September 4th – 6th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte Prepares For Democratic National Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (C) tours the stage as preparations continue at the Time Warner Cable Arena for the Democratic National Convention on September 1, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to run from September 4th – 6th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte Prepares For Democratic National Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Passersby stop to watch as artists create a sand sculpture of President Barack Obama before the start of the Democratic National Convention September 1, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to run from September 4th – 6th. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte Prepares For Democratic National Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Shoppers search for souvenirs before the start of the Democratic National Convention September 1, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to run from September 4th – 6th. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte Prepares For Democratic National Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Mounted police patrol the Uptown area before the start of the Democratic National Convention September 1, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to run from September 4th – 6th. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Chase Howard

    5-year-old Chase Howard runs across the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Artist O O sells his art work outside the Time Warner Cable Arena on September 1, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to run from September 4th – 6th. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Artist O O (R) sets up a booth to sell his politically inspired art near the Time Warner Cable Arena where the Democratic Party will be hosting their national convention September 1, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to run from September 4th – 6th. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Inside Time Warner Cable Arena is seen facilitated for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Brevard police officers gather for a meeting at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Production crew prepare on the floor at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Production crew are seen from the upper level hall way as they prepare for the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • A volunteer waits to receive credentials for President Barak Obama’s acceptance speech during Charlotte’s Democratic Convention at a campaign field office in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Parker Mothershead

    Parker Mothershead of Charlotte, N.C. walks into the stands in the Tampa Bay Times Forum at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • The main floor of Time Warner Cable Arena is shown during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention’s facilities in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Steve Kerrigan

    DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan, center, talks with guests near the main stage during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention’s facilities at Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Visitors take photos of the main stage during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention’s facilities at Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Workers install banners in preparation of Democratic National Convention’s facilities at Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Steve Kerrigan

    DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan, center, speaks to the media near the main stage during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention’s facilities Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Visitors walk past delegate seats during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention’s facilities Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • A worker crosses the main stage at Time Warner Cable Arena during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention’s facilities in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat’l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat’l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat’l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat’l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat’l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat’l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat’l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat’l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat’l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan speaks (R) as COO Theo LeCompte looks on near where workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US-VOTE-2012-DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

    US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) is interviewed by actor and former Obama administration aide Kal Penn (L) after a rehearsal for her speech in the Time Warner Cable Arena September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina as preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention continue. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Frames From The 2012 Political Conventions: RNC And DNC

    CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 03: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This image was shot with an iPhone) Workers make preperations on the stage before the start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at Time Warner Cable Arena September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to start on Tuesday and run through September 6th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Jack Markell

    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Obama campaign logo is seen under the scoreboard hanging from the ceiling inside of Time Warner Cable Arena at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • President Barack Obama, right, and former President Bill Clinton wave to delegates after Clinton’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)