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Trail Mix: Bill Clinton to the rescue?

  • Former president will officially nominate President Obama Wednesday night
  • Three A-list actresses to speak at the DNC
President Bill Clinton to speak at the DNC convention

HLN's Ed Hornick has covered presidential politics since 2000. He also reported on The White House, Congress, and foreign affairs for CNN. You can follow him on Twitter: @EdHornick

Want to know what's popping in campaign news? Meet our column "Trail Mix" -- your guide to the fun, the quirky, and, oh yeah, the news from the 2012 campaign trail.

Bubba speaks

Former President Bill Clinton is a rock star -- plain and simple. And that's exactly what Obama campaign officials are hoping will seal the deal with wary voters as the president looks to serve another four years in office.

Clinton's speech -- and the fact that he is the one officially nominating Obama -- shows he is one of the most important tools the Obama camp has. Tune in Wednesday night after 10 p.m. to watch Clinton fire up the crowds -- and see whether he goes off message.

The long thaw

Clinton and Obama haven't exactly seen eye to eye. In fact, during the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, things were downright tense as his wife took on the then-Illinois senator. While they aren't exactly fishing buddies, the two have since patched up their relationship, and Clinton is being used by the Obama campaign to perhaps do what the candidate himself cannot: sell himself to Clinton supporters and party holdouts.

Politico has this list of 8 digs that Clinton has taken against Obama. Here's a sample:

“I mean, when’s the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the Senate before he started running? I mean, he will have been a senator longer by the time he’s inaugurated, but essentially once you start running for president full time you don’t have time to do much else.”

Takin' it to the floor

You must check out my Convention Camera piece from today's Morning Express. I'm shameless, I know.

Three girls walk into a convention ...

It's official: Actresses Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington "have been secretly scheduled to speak" at the DNC Thursday.

And the role of Paul Ryan goes to ...

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton? Um, yeah. USA Today reports that the self-proclaimed "Queen of all Media" will play Ryan in an off-Broadway show called "NEWSical." As for how he'll play the GOP vice presidential candidate?

"I have a really good wig. I do a few push-ups and I run a marathon in 90 seconds backstage," he said.

Must read

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Huffington Post: Cory Booker Ad Misspells Obama's Name: Report

BuzzFeed: Turns Out Julian Castro Isn't Related To Fidel Castro


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talking to MSNBC about Paul Ryan: "I'm not here to boast about my marathon time, but I bet I could outrun him."

Hank Williams Jr. on Obama in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram: "We've got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!"

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