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September 5th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Will fmr. President Clinton steal spotlight from President Obama at DNC? CNN contributor Ryan Lizza weighs in

Bill Clinton will deliver a speech late Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention to offer his support for the president, but Ryan Lizza tells John Berman that the former president has a rocky history with Barack Obama.

“It’s a long, complicated relationship. [There were] lots of bad feelings on both sides for a really long time after that famous wrenching primary between Hilary Clinton and Obama,” says Lizza, a CNN Contributor and Washington Correspondent for “The New Yorker.”

“The relationship really didn’t get better until 2011 when Barack Obama and his political advisors are thinking about the 2012 campaign and looking at the poll numbers, and saying, ‘You know what, the most popular national Democrat these days is not Barack Obama, it’s Bill Clinton,’” he adds.

So, how did Barack Obama and Bill Clinton begin to rekindle their shaky relationship? Over a game of golf, Lizza says.

The former president will have a prominent role at the DNC late Wednesday, but Lizza says it will be "a Bill Clinton speech." "He will be writing it, I'm sure he will let [the Obama campaign] see it at the appropriate time, but this is a Bill Clinton production," Lizza adds.

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