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Need a recap? Must-see speeches from the DNC

Chris Moody
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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The 2012 Democratic National Convention is over, and for those who weren't glued to C-SPAN all week, we've got you covered.

Here are six of the must-see speeches from the convention. The list does not include addresses from candidates or their spouses:

Former President Bill Clinton
Clinton arguably had the best speech of the convention, an address in which he often veered from his prepared remarks and went on for nearly 50 minutes. The former president used his time to offer a point-by-point rebuttal of Republican challenger Mitt Romney—and by all appearances, he had fun doing it.


San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
Castro used his time as Tuesday's keynote speaker to address the middle-class voter, with a focus on President Barack Obama's policies intended to create economic security.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver
A United Methodist pastor by trade, Missouri Rep. Cleaver brought the delegates to their feet—and some even to tears—several times during his passionate speech.

Then, he began marching in place. Definitely a must-watch.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Your location during Granholm's speech may make a difference in your opinion of her delivery. For those in the convention hall, Granholm's enthusiasm ignited a frenzy in the room. Those watching at home, however, might view it more like Howard Dean's famous "Scream" speech in 2004.

Sandra Fluke
Fluke's speech Wednesday night surprisingly was pushed into the prime-time hour, where she served as an attack dog against Romney.

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren
Warren is engaged in one of the most high-profile congressional races in the country. The DNC speech was an opportunity to introduce herself to the country, although she may have been overshadowed by Clinton.

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