DNC Dispatch – Day Two

As we anticipate the President’s speech yet tonight, here are the highlights I took away from all of yesterday’s excitement:

Rita and Sister Simone Campbell

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (and daughter of the late, legendary Texas governor Ann Richards) gave an emotional speech.  We listened with tears in our eyes, as she had tears in hers: “President Obama understands women. He trusts women. And on every issue that matters to us, he has stood with women… We’ve come way too far to ever turn back. And we won’t.”

Elizabeth Warren, running for Senate in Massachusetts, also gave a rousing speech: “I believe in President Obama and his vision for the future. Not just for folks who call themselves Democrats — but for everyone who believes that when you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve a chance to succeed. For decades now, the dreams of millions of kids have moved further out of reach. Middle-class families have gotten hammered, while the rich and powerful have gotten richer and more powerful. This election truly is the fork in the road. It will decide who we are as a people and what kind of country we want to be.” Continue reading

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DNC Dispatch – Day One

Greetings from Charlotte! There’s so much going on now that the Democratic National Convention is underway, and I’ll be sharing the highlights as quickly as I can. On Day One, I attended the Florida Delegation breakfast (with more than 575 delegates and their guests) and heard from an impressive array of Democratic leaders about how President Obama’s policies over the last four years have put us in a much better position today than we were in four years ago. Here are some of the highlights:

Rod Smith, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, shared a personal story about the recent cancer diagnosis of his son, 24, just three weeks ago. Because of the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA), he was able to still insure his son and make sure he gets the critical care needed. So far his treatment has totaled more than $1 million, but it has all been covered. Furthermore, thanks to AHA, his son cannot be denied healthcare after his recovery as a person with a pre-existing condition.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Senator Mark Warner, the former governor of Virginia, spoke of his 20 years of business experience and how the stock market is far stronger today than four years ago, when our financial system was basically in a complete free-fall. Continue reading