Obama returns to convention stage to make case for Clinton

President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement on Afghanistan from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. The president said the U.S. will leave 8,400 troops in Afghanistan when he completes his term, down slightly from the current number but well up from the 5,500 he announced previously, arguing America's interests depend on helping Afghanistan's struggling government fight continuing threats from the Taliban and others. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is returning to the Democratic National Convention stage 12 years to the day after he catapulted himself to the center of American political consciousness with a rousing convention speech.

Obama is now a battle-hardened president who is hoping his legacy won’t be eroded by the outcome of the election to replace him.

It’s hard to overstate what Obama has at stake as he implores voters to elect Hillary Clinton. Republican Donald Trump says he’d undo just about everything Obama has done, from climate change and immigration to trade and foreign relations.

The White House says Obama worked on the speech late into the night this week. His address will combine an affirmation of Clinton’s judgment with a rebuke of the scare tactics he accuses Trump of deploying.

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