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A video was shown honoring the late Ted Kennedy, which showed old footage from when Kennedy beat Mitt Romney for U.S. Senate. The video was introduced by Joe Kennedy III, a young Kennedy who is aiming to replace Barney Frank in the U.S. House of Representatives. The president of NARAL, Nancy Keenan, followed the Kennedys, brazenly stating that because of Mitt Romney’s Pro-Life stance on abortion, “Women in America cannot trust Mitt Romney.”
There was a touching moment, when Tammy Duckworth, a congressional candidate and military vet, walked off the stage bearing her two prosthetic legs. She lost both of her legs during a combat mission in Iraq.
Mayor of Chicago and Obama’s first Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, called Obama a “once in a generation President,” because he believes Obama has done such a wonderful job “tackling” every major problem that was handed to him, working off the President’s “blame George Bush” theme. Another theme used was the “outsourcing of America,” which former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland exploited. Not mentioning how many jobs have left the U.S. during Obama’s four years, Strickland said Obama is an “economic patriot” and Romney, an “outsourcing pioneer.”
Duval Patrick, the gubernatorial successor to Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, gave a fiery speech listing what he considers to be Romney’s failures as Governor. During his speech, he stated, “It’s time for democrats to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe.” This line, calling into question Democrats’ resolve, garnered a huge amount of applause.
The keynote speech given by Mayor of San Antonio, Texas Julian Castro was lauded by many, compared to Marco Rubio’s speech introducing Romney at the GOP convention. Both are considered up-and-coming Hispanic stars in their respective parties. Yet, Rubio’s parents shunned the evil of Cuba’s Fidel Castro and embraced the American dream, while Julian Castro’s mom, Rosie, whom he referenced and praised many times during his convention speech, was a leader in the extremist anti-American La Raza movement.
Michelle Obama ended the night with a strong speech. She attempted to soften the president’s image and make him seem as though he is a man whose life goal is to help the downtrodden in our society. She stated, “Being president doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are.” If that is truly the case, then we can figure that Barack Obama is little more than an anti-capitalist big spender who makes the world a more dangerous place to live in.
Of Michelle Obama’s Tuesday address, Charles Krauthammer of Fox News stated, “I thought it was a great speech, but I didn’t buy a line of it.”
David Brooks of the New York Times commented that he was surprised that economics and the debt, huge issues on the public’s mind, were not being discussed at this convention.
Wednesday night should be interesting. Already, one of the speakers – U.S. Senate candidate from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren – is being accused of lying about her ancestry. She claims that she is a Native American, and at least one group is demanding she show proof.
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