PHILADELPHIA | Selling Barack Obama was easy. Tuesday, Bill Clinton faces a more difficult challenge: selling Hillary Clinton as a future president.
Former President Clinton will headline the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday facing a nation with lingering doubts about Hillary Clinton’s trustworthiness.
He speaks as those doubts about her have fueled alarmingly high polling negatives, anger among supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and a throbbing hangover from leaked Democratic National Committee emails that many Sanders backers say confirms that the system was “rigged” against their candidate.
Aggravating the challenge: The 42nd president himself may prove more of a liability than a help as Hillary Clinton’s top surrogate against the fiery, take-no-prisoners campaign style of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“The trouble this time is the rules are broken,” said Patrick Maney, a Boston College history professor who’s the author of “Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President,” “I just think Trump has just changed the rules.”
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