Bill Clinton: Hillary is ‘the best darn change-maker’

Former President Bill Clinton delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton called his wife, and now the Democratic Party nominee for president, Hillary “the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life” in his speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

He was met by a cheering crowd waving signs that read “America,” as their daughter Chelsea watched from a spot in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

“In the spring of 1971 I met a girl,” Bill Clinton began, telling delegates and guests the story of how he met Hillary.

Read the full text of Bill Clinton’s speech here.

His speech spanned decades as he touted his wife’s accomplishments, from her work in Arkansas to bring health care to rural areas, to her efforts as New York senator to get compensation for first responders following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Following in the footsteps of First Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke at the convention Monday night, Clinton took a couple of jabs at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump — without ever saying his name.

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Speaking about the military, Bill Clinton said anyone who has worked with the Armed Services wouldn’t think they are “a disaster” — a reference to comments made by Trump during a Republican debate — but rather that “they are a national treasure of all races, all religions, all walks of life.”

He also said one of the presidential candidates is “real” and the other is “made up.”

“You just have to decide which is which, my fellow Americans,” he said.

The Republicans, Clinton told the crowd, have had to “create a cartoon alternative” to counter his wife’s nomination.

“Cartoons are two-dimensional. … Life in the real world is complicated and real change in hard,” Clinton said.

Throughout his speech, Clinton continually called his wife a “change-maker.”

“You could drop her into any trouble spot, pick one, come back in a month, and somehow, some way, she will have made it better,” he said.

His wife, he added, “will make us stronger together.

“You know it because she’s spent a lot of time doing it.”

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