Clinton says Republicans left the economy in "a total mess"

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Charlotte, N.C. -- Former President Bill Clinton says Republicans left the economy in "a total mess" for Barack Obama.

Clinton used a lengthy speech at the Democratic National Convention to nominate Obama, applaud his accomplishments, and attack proposals offered by GOP nominee Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.

Clinton accused Republicans of proposing "the same old policies" that led to a near financial meltdown. Using a quote from Ronald Reagan often employed to rebuke Democrats, Clinton said, "There they go again."

Clinton also says Obama has "laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators."

Below is a full copy of the excerpts released Wednesday prior to Clinton's speech:

 "In Tampa the Republican argument against the President's re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in.

"I like the argument for President Obama's re-election a lot better. He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators.

"The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in?  If you want a you're-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility -- a we're-all-in-this-together society -- you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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