Bill Clinton delivers powerful speech on wife Hillary

Bill Clinton delivers powerful speech on wife Hillary

Former US president Bill Clinton has rallied Democrat delegates behind his wife Hillary Clinton's bid to become the first female US president.

Mr Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, has given a heartfelt and passionate speech about his wife, who is gunning to become the 45th.

Mr Clinton's speech was the main event on day two of the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia.

The 69-year-old began with the simple phrase "in 1971, I met a girl" and detailed how the couple had met during a human rights university class and how Ms Clinton had fought to improve the rights of Mexican-Americans and African-Americans while still a student.

Mr Clinton championed Ms Clinton's strong track record in education and healthcare, as well as her work after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when serving as senator for New York.

He also brought up her role in the successful mission to assassinate the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, when serving as US Secretary of State in 2011.

Mr Clinton's speech turned to race relations, pleading for Muslim-Americans and African-Americans to vote for Ms Clinton, but did not mention Donald Trump's name once.

The Clintons' relationship was marred in 1996, when it emerged then President Clinton had had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Mr Clinton was impeached while still in office, but acquitted of the charges of perjury and the obstruction of justice relating to the affair in 1999.

Earlier on day two of the Democrat convention, there were impassioned pleas from some African-American mothers whose children had been shot and killed by police in recent incidents to vote for Ms Clinton.