It’s official: Bill Clinton outshined Obama

September 10, 2012

Courtesy of Pew Research Center.

This time, at least, the pundits and the public agree. Pew Research Center finds that former President Bill Clinton's defense of President Obama at the Democratic National Convention was better than Obama's defense of himself. 

Among those who watched at least some of the Democratic National Convention, nearly twice as many people thought Clinton's speech was the highlight than considered President Obama's address the best part.

Clinton outshone Obama among both Democrats and independents. 

Obama's speech wasn't poorly received: 60 percent of respondents called it excellent or good, while 53 percent of those who watched the GOP convention felt the same way about Mitt Romney's speech. The Republican tied actor Clint Eastwood as the highlight of the Republican convention. Among just Republican viewers, however, Romney edged out Eastwood as the highlight. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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