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Observations on the Democratic National Convention . . . .Day 2

August 27, 2008 - Joselyn King

* U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., so wants to be president. You could tell that in her speech Tuesday night. She all but wore a "Hillary - 2012" tee shirt with her pant suit.

She made a great point likely to resonate with her supporters during the speech. She asked them if they joined her campaign because of her - or because they cared about health care for all, about bringing the troops home from the Middle East, and about raising the standard of living for all.

Putting principles above self was likely how she justified endorsing her former opponent -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.-- for president.

She termed presumed Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., "a friend," but didn't make the same comment about Obama.

* I watched much of the evening (or at least left the television on) waiting to see Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland come to the podium. Apparently, I missed him, as his speech was moved up in prime time.

The speeches are available on-line, however, at the DNC Website.

The former Clinton supporter also urged Democrats to support Obama. Strickland said the Illinois senator was more inclined to encourage investment in advanced energy industries that would benefit Ohio, and that McCain would be just four more years of George W. Bush -- a recurring theme at the Democratic convention.

* West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, currently the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, took the stage at about 7:05 p.m. He remained neutral throughout the primary season, so his endorsement of Obama came without any disclaimers.

Manchin did describe West Virginians as knowing the "value of hard work, patriotism and faith in God." He made no reference to the residents clinging to guns.


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