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After fiery Clinton speech, delegates officially nominate Obama

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/AP) - President Barack Obama is now officially the Democratic nominee for President.

Obama joined former President Bill Clinton on stage Wednesday night after his nominating speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Clinton, who spoke for 48 minutes, is the first former President to nominate a President for a second term. The speech started just after 10:30 p.m. at the Time Warner Cable arena.

Roll call for the delegates official nomination for President Obama started just before 11:30 p.m.

Delegates from North Carolina cast 152 to make Obama the official nominee.  A short time later, South Carolina delegates cast 62 votes.

Former President Clinton is expected by many Democrats to give President Obama the push he needs to get ahead of Mitt Romney. 

Clinton says no president could have fully repaired within four years the damaged economy that Barack Obama inherited.

"But he has laid the foundations for a new, modern successful economy, a shared prosperity," Clinton told the Democratic convention Wednesday night. "And if you will renew the president's contract, you will feel it. You will feel it.

"Whether the American people believe what I've said or not may be the whole election. I just want you to know that I believe it. With all my heart I believe it," Clinton said.

The former president, greeted by cheering Democrats like a rock star, acknowledged that too many Americans aren't yet feeling the effects of recovery.

"Are we where we want to be today? No. Is the President satisfied? Of course not," Clinton said. "But are we better off than we were when he took office?"

Delegates answered in the affirmative with a raucous standing ovation.

"When President Barack Obama took office, the economy was in free fall. ... We were losing 750,000 jobs a month. Are we doing better today? The answer is YES."

Democrats hope Clinton's speech will have the same impact it did for Obama in 2008.

WBTV caught up with several close Obama and Clinton allies before Clinton's speech.

"Bill Clinton, who I've known since law school days, is one of the most articulate spokesman for our party," said Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Former Clinton Energy Secretary, Governor Bill Richardson, says Clinton's speech will help President Obama win North Carolina.

"He was a president from the South. He'll appeal in a state like this that is very tight," Richardson said.

Chelsea Clinton was in the audience. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is overseas on official business.

"He's the best president we've ever had," South Carolina delegate Ruby James said of Clinton. "We ended up with a surplus and he just put us on the right road and made sure the middle class was well taken care of and he opened the door for Barack Obama."

"We need him. We need them both."

But some Republicans, who have set up shop inside the DNC, say Obama bringing Clinton back is an act of desperation.

"Let's face it, Obama needs anything he can get, so he's resorted to not running on his record of 2012, but on Bill Clinton's record of 1996," said NC Rep. Patrick McHenry.

Time Warner Cable Arena was locked down by officials around 8:30 p.m, leaving some people outside of the arena, causing a few minutes of chaos at the arena.

That's when it was announced that President Obama would be in the arena for Clinton's speech.

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