CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, "put a floor under the crash" and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday night in a Democratic National Convention appeal aimed directly at reassuring millions of voters struggling to get by in tough times.

Casting the election as a clear choice between Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney, Clinton said in excerpts released in advance that the Republican campaign argument is "pretty simple: 'We left him a total mess, he hasn't cleaned it up yet, so fire him and put us back in.'"

"I like the argument for President Barack Obama's re-election a lot better," Clinton said.

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