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Politics

Much of Clinton’s DNC speech was improvised

Unscripted lines carried much of speech’s passion

Former president Bill Clinton’s 49-minute speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention included more than 2,000 words that were not in his prepared remarks — a measure of the extent to which his rousing address was ad-libbed.

Many of the changes were small insertions that made his delivery more conversational. But others were lengthy passages that Clinton added at the last minute or improvised, from his praise of Republicans as “honorable people” to jokes about George Washington’s wooden teeth and Paul Ryan’s “brass.”

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