Former President Bill Clinton took the stage Wednesday night at the Democratic Convention and emphasized a theme of cooperation between parties.
Clinton lauded both former presidents Bush, George W. and George H.W. for their work during disasters, and he lauded the Republicans
We need more partnership and less partnership in Washington, D.C., Clinton said as he pounded the GOP for attempting to stop everything that President Obama did rather than working constructively together for the betterment of America.
Giving a speech full of humor and tips of the cap to first lady Michelle Obama and his wife, Hillary, Clinton elicited laughs and thunderous applause.
U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren
In a high-profile prime-time speech, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said the economy has been "rigged" against hard-working people in favor of large corporations, and repeatedly touted President Barack Obama as someone trying to "level the playing field."
After quieting a crowd chanting her name, Warren described an upbringing in a middle class home and waiting tables at age 13, but said such families have been "chipped, squeezed, and hammered" in recent years.
In her campaign, Warren said she's spoken with out-of-work construction workers, manufacturers dealing with rising costs and recent graduates deep in student loan debt.
"Their fight is my fight, and it's Barack Obama's fight too," she said. Even though she has yet to win an election, Warren has been cited as a leading liberal voice and a potential star in the Democratic Party. She is running against Sen. Scott Brown in a key Massachusetts contest, and has been cited in some media reports as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
The Harvard Law professor was a primary force behind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and has been stringently critical of Wall Street.
True to form, Warren devoted a chunk of her speech to decrying big banks' attempts to weaken the bureau.
"Wall Street CEOs -- the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs -- still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them," Warren said. "Does anyone here have a problem with that? Well I do, too."
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law grad who Rush Limbaugh memorably called a "prostitute" on his radio show, said women should be afraid for their future under a potential Mitt Romney administration, saying they would usher in a future built on an "offensive, obsolete relic of our past."
"In that America, your new president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs," she said. "Who won't stand up to the slurs, or to any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his own party."
She praised President Barack Obama's efforts to get contraception covered without cost by insurance companies and thanked him for inviting her to speak at the convention.
Former N.C. Gov. Jim Hunt
Former N.C. Gov. Jim Hunt pointed to the efforts of another former governor -- Terry Sanford -- as the reason why Charlotte's skyscrapers and the Research Triangle Park were able to develop.
After receiving a standing ovation from the North Carolina delegation, Hunt recounted how North Carolina was a poor, "rigidly segregated" state 50 years ago. He said that Sanford's work on education, from public schools to universities, started changing that.
"When other Southern governors stood in the schoolhouse door, Terry Sanford stood up for civil rights," Hunt said. "The result: our high-tech, thriving economy that you see today. Together, we in North Carolina did that, and we're proud of it."
Hunt went on to praise the Smart Start early education program and teacher pay raises, before turning to President Barack Obama. He cited federal stimulus money that went to education and the administration's support for federal Pell Grants.
"We are doers in this state. We build for the future. We want leaders who are doers," Hunt said. "And in Barack Obama, we have a great education president who is rebuilding America."
The longest-serving governor in North Carolina history, Hunt served from 1977 to 1985 and from 1993 to 2001. Sanford served one term, from 1961 to 1965, later served in the Senate and ran for president.
Hunt has remained popular among North Carolina voters. A poll released in May from the N.C. Center for Voter Education showed that 38 percent of the state's voters would choose Jim Hunt to run the state, more than any other former governor.
In recent months, Hunt has advocated for education programs and appeared at fundraisers for Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who is running for governor, and U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell.