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Michigan Delegates Say DNC Will Draw Sharp Contrast to RNC

Delegates said they are set to move the country forward and Barack Obama is the man to continue that push.

Michigan delegates say they're set to move the country forward and to help Barack Obama win the November election.

Lansing's Mark Brewer, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, said that the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte will strike a sharp contrast to last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

"We won't have people talking to empty chairs," Brewer said, referencing Clint Eastwood's unscripted performance at the RNC last Thursday.

"Last week they were big on platitudes and short on specifics," Brewer said. "No talk on how they were going to voucherize Medicare, privatize Social Security, Romney has surrounded himself basically with Bush retreads. If he's elected he will take us back."

Brewer said it's important the DNC draw that contrast, point out that it's time to move forward.

"In Michigan, if Mitt Romney were president the auto industry would be gone today," Brewer said. "The president did a very brave thing by coming to the rescue of the auto industry and Mitt Romney famously said 'let Detroit go bankrupt.'"

Brewer said the country isn't where it needs to be, but reminds people "we were losing a millions jobs a month when Obama took office."

"We are going in the right direction, we are digging out of a huge hole," Brewer said. "That's the contrast we draw to four years ago."

Edna Bell of Detroit is a 14th Congressional volunteer in Michigan. While she said our country isn't where she would like for it to be four years after the election of Barack Obama, it's moving in the right direction.

Bell, a precinct delegate and a national delegate at-large, attended her first convention in 1996 and said she stays involved in the political process because of her children and her grandchildren.

"They need to see a country that cares about them and works to make sure they are OK," Bell said.

She said she hopes the Obama administration, and the DNC itself, will loudly tout the things that it has done in the last four years.

"I'm hoping all of our speakers this week will talk about all the promises that were kept and how we move forward," Bell said. "I hope they will tout those good things, and not cow-tow to what others say have happened."

Bell said no one else is talking about the things that have changed in four years and that she hopes that the Democratic Party will be its "biggest champions."

"Things have changed," Bell said. "I talk to every day people who are finding jobs or who are getting two or job offers. Things are getting better, they still need to get a lot better, but they are better than they were. We can see a path."

Bell said there are several issues she would love to hear discussed at the DNC this week, one being Obamacare and the "good things it has done." Jobs that have been saved. Good things that are being done for the middle class and the students. And the truth about Medicare.

"That's the things people aren't saying," she said. "Medicare is a huge issue, those of us on Medicare appreciate him saving Medicare for us."

To win this year, Bell said Obama is going to have to talk about the good things, something she said she's not sure he's capable of doing.

"He has to talk about the good things he's done, but I'm not sure he's capable of blowing his own horn," Bell said. "He needs to get people energized again, get them out again to vote, the same way he did four years ago."

Bob R September 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I guess will find out in november.. I sick of all the " smart people " running this country into the ground, and all the dumb people buying it.
PaulRevere September 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Ray says 8 years of Bush. Hey Ray: in 2006 Nancy Pelosi and Harry reid controlled congress. That's when the economy started to drop. As far as jobs gained, 4 million jobs were at wages much less than those previously lost. Many were Govt jobs and many were people underemployed. Obama borrowed over $6 trillion dollars to prop up what he calls a recovery. Not one job is paid for -yet. America still has to pay the bills for these jobs. Do you understand that? Do you understand that there are 23 million people in America who are not working over $10 hour wages. That is the largest in History. Stop repeating what you hear on TV. Why don't you listen and read and make your own conclusions. What you just wrote are called "Information for the ignorant and Uninformed" I can't believe you still talk about Bush Policies after 4 years. What Policy does Obama have to cut our Debts. Raise taxes? Please tell us how much Taxes that will bring in. Now I will vote for Obama , if you can just put that number here. And convince me it will pay down our debt.
Ray Smith September 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM
PaulRevere--just another fanatical teabagger.
PaulRevere September 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Romney would need a week of Debates to even begin on even grounds with the "Ignorant" Obama supporters. Teaching obama supporters how to ADD $1bil + $1bil + $1TRill scares me. Does any Obama supporter, know the answer? Does any obama supporter know what this USA annual deficit is ? I shall assume NO, if none of you respond.
Ray Smith September 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Furthermore, Paul Revere, where were you (and Paul Ryan) when Bush was putting wars, a prescription drug plan and tax cuts (skewed to the wealthy) on the nation's credit card!? Huh? Where were you? In fact, Ryan voted for almost ALL of Bush's outrageous spending--including the cost of an unncessary war in Iraq (America's biggest military blunder ever) which not only cost thousands of American lives, but hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens lives, and more than $1 trillion! Did you protest this outrageous spending!? And now that Obama is in office, suddenly Ryan (and you, no doubt) are 'anti-spending.' What a hypocrite Ryan is. Now, apparently, you and other misguided people want to put Romney and this same party back in office who adhere to the SAME policies as Bush -- tax cuts for the wealthy, and huge spending on the military while raising taxes on the middle class. Also, remember what your hero, Dick Cheney, stated so famously: "Deficits don't matter." Are THESE the kind of people you want back in charge? If so, you need to have your head examined! Obama on the other hand, is anti-war, he also feels that the wealthy need to pay their fair share, and he has the backs of the middle class. I can't wait to vote for Obama. Sorry, but you're going to have to wait another 4 years until your wealth-focused, war-mongering party has a chance to get back in charge.

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