CLINTON RENAISSANCE?

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Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
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Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

Bill Clinton's fiery 48-minute convention speech on Wednesday night is stoking superlatives about the former president — not to mention renewed chatter about the presidential chances of his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, should she opt to run in 2016.

Speaking on "CBS This Morning," two former Democratic National Committee chairmen, former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont and former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell, couldn't stop heaping enough praise when asked about Clinton. Some excerpts, paraphrased:

Dean: He has a great connection.

Rendell: He's become like everyone's wise old uncle.

Dean: A phenomenon. The greatest since Franklin Roosevelt.

Rendell: The only communicator who comes close in the modern era is Ronald Reagan.

Dean: There's only one Bill Clinton.

As to Hillary Rodham Clinton's chances in 2016, both Dean and Rendell were quick to agree when asked about a scenario even where Vice President Joe Biden chooses to run.

Rendell: If she wants it, the field just goes away.

— Hope Yen

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EDITOR'S NOTE — Convention Watch shows you the 2012 political conventions through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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