“Madame Chairwoman, delegates, I accept your nomination for President of the United States.”
Jessica: It’s been quite a week here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last night the Democratic National Convention ended after President Obama made the case why he deserves another 4 years.
“Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future.”
Jessica: The President’s running mate also took to the podium last night to fire up the delegates.
“America is coming back, and we’re not going back and we have no intention of downsizing the American dream!”
Jessica: And now that these delegates are heading home to try to energize their party for the final weeks leading up to the election.
When you go home what are you going to do, after being here and learning about all of the issues, talking with other delegates, what is your task when you go home?
“Well, um, this is definitely an energy booster so I’m going to back ready to work as hard as I can for the next two months.”
So what was the week like for these delegates?
“Well this morning we had a delegation breakfast with the other delegates from our state and from there it was on to caucus meetings. There’s just so many places that we can go during the day to learn more and get more involved in the party.”
“What we do the whole day is become more educated on the issues, be surrounded with people that are passionate about the same things we are and just get ready for the election.”
Jessica: The Republicans, at their convention, they kept on asking “are you better off now?”
“We are better off now. Don’t ask don’t tell has been repealed. Healthcare reform has been enacted.”
The Democratic Party was eager to show off its Hollywood star power:
Traffic officers here in Charlotte brought their own kind of entertainment.
But not everyone was smiling when Democratic officials made an unexpected announcement The Bank of America stadium is where tens of thousands of people got free tickets to watch president Obama deliver his speech. But forecast of severe weather forced officials to switch locations. So for those ticket holders, instead of watching the President live, they had to watch him on TV.
Day two of the convention got off to a rocky start. After a day of criticism from the Republicans, the Democratic Party suddenly decided to change its platform to include references to God, and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Not everyone agreed with the last minute change, and some boos could be heard during the delegates’ voice vote.
Like the Republicans, there were protests held outside the Democrats convention.
Still most of the people who came here from across the country say the convention was a success.
“Four more years! Four more years!”
Jessica Kumari: The political conventions are over but the race to the White House is on. And we’ll be bringing you all the latest from the campaign trail until Nov 6th — that’s when Americans head to the voting booth. If you’re not old enough to vote, don’t worry you can still show America who teens would choose to lead our country by participating in OneVote. That’s our mock election for millions of students across the country. Get your teachers to sign up over at the OneVote page on ChannelOne.com
After the break its back to the newsroom.
- What changes did the Democratic Party make in their platform for the 2012 election?
- Why do you think they decided to add a reference to God and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital?
- How did the audience respond to these changes?
- Why are both parties asking “are you better off now?”
- What were some of the major themes of the Democratic National Convention?