He also went off-script dozens of times, supplementing lines from the prepared remarks to better needle Republicans with a line of his own. Of GOP VP pick Paul Ryan and his attack on President Obama's Medicare savings, Clinton adlibbed: "It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did."
As part of a plea for cooperation between the parties, Clinton added in: "Democracy does not have to be a blood sport." And at times, the former president was self-indulgent. Responding to giddy applause of the audience, Clinton said in one of many asides: "Now you're having a good time but this is getting serious and I want you to listen."
Below, see the comparison between Bill Clinton's prepared, TelePrompTer remarks, and the speech he actually delivered Wednesday night. There's quite a bit of red there.