Charlotte, NC – A Democratic National Convention vital to President Barack Obama’s re-election bid was expected to hear from former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday night after the first lady and other opening night speakers urged supporters to fight for a man they portrayed as a strong leader committed to equal opportunity for all, CNN informs.
Cheering delegates also heard plentiful criticism of Republican challenger Mitt Romney as Democrats launched their response to last week’s GOP convention, which sought to frame the November election as a referendum on Obama’s presidency amid high unemployment, sluggish economic growth and mounting federal deficits and debt.
Speech after speech lambasted Romney and Republicans, accusing them of being out of touch and politically divisive at a time requiring national unity. Seeking to further strengthen Obama’s advantage with women, Hispanic Americans and young voters, the Democratic speakers hailed the president for promoting health care reforms, supporting gay marriage, and ending deportations of some young illegal immigrants.
Michelle Obama offered a personal perspective on why her husband should be re-elected, telling the convention that the same values she fell in love with guide him each day in the White House.
“In the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political, they’re personal,” Michelle Obama said, adding: “Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it, and he wants everyone, everyone in this country to have the same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.”
Michelle Obama has stepped up in recent days to help fill the void left by her husband’s busy campaign schedule, meeting with family members of the victims in the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin, stumping for her husband on the campaign trail and calling for volunteers to rally voters in battleground states.
The president watched his wife’s speech from the White House with the couple’s daughters who had their first day of school on Tuesday – a particularly significant day for eldest daughter Malia, who started high school.
The convention will conclude Thursday with Obama accepting his party’s nomination exactly two months before the November 6 election.
After the 46th Democratic National Convention was gaveled to order, the more than 5,500 delegates adopted a party platform that emphasizes middle-class opportunity while differing sharply on key issues with the Republican version endorsed at last week’s GOP convention.
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