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Convention Video: The stories of our platform

 

This makes the Democratic platform have more understandable content.

 

Michelle kicks it off tonight…

I’m looking forward to it. Michelle Obama speaks in the 10 – 11 PM slot, preceded by the Keynote Speaker, Julián Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas.

The Convention opens at 5:00 PM when Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz,  brings down the gavel. Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel, Joseph Kennedy III (one of several in the Kennedy family honoring the late Ted Kennedy) and Kal Penn, among others, speak tonight.

Quotes of the Day – Diversity of the Democratic National Convention

Remember last week when the Republicans put up black, woman, hispanic and other speakers (in front of the virtually all white audience) and said their convention represented a much more diverse America than the Democrats ever could? Well, they ought to take a look at a convention where the speakers AND the conventioneers are made up out of a great mix of Americans.

“This is truly the most diverse, the most open, the most transparent, the most exciting convention we’re about to undertake. It is big, it is bold, it is beautiful, it is America.”

– Alice Germond, Democratic National Committee Secretary

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

“We’re doing things a little different than the Republicans. A lot more delegates, Latino delegates, African Americans, women. In addition to having very prominent roles like the keynote speaker, and in my case chairing the convention, you’ll also see that our platform reflects our values.

“The face of our party will reflect the values of our party”

– Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Convention Chairman

Makes me proud to be a Democrat.

Morning Quote – So what should we know about Romney’s money?

“Americans need to ask themselves: why does an American businessman need a Swiss bank account and secretive investments like that?”

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Oh, I see. We don’t really know how much he has or why he doesn’t invest it back in  America to help create jobs and to help the government with tax revenues.

As Joe Biden suggested the other day, we have never voted before for a candidate with off shore investment accounts and money in Swiss Banks.

I’m Saluting the Democratic National Committee…

Current Chair, Barbara Lee

DNC Chair Barbara Lee

The DNC adopted a resolution yesterday to goose Obama in his getout from Afghanistan and to change the focus to job creation with results BY JULY! More power to them. Now that we have national polling results of over 70% of Americans wanting us out of Afghanistan ASAP, the DNC As such, they are joining the new majority.

The DNC also expressed support for the Unions and the Wisconsin Demonstrators. It’s clear that they have their ear to the ground as they plan the 2012 campaigns.

Anyway, here’s the transcript of yesterday’s resolution:

Resolution Supporting Ending the War in Afghanistan Now and Transferring the Funding to Job Creation, other Crucial Domestic Priorities and Deficit Reduction

Submitted by: Hon. Barbara Lee, California
Donna Brazile, DNC Vice Chair/District of Columbia
Hon. Mike Honda, DNC Vice Chair/California
Alice Germond, DNC Secretary/West Virginia

WHEREAS, the United States has been involved in war in Afghanistan for almost a decade and remains militarily engaged in what has become the longest war in American history; and

WHEREAS, the mounting costs of the war in Afghanistan, now totaling over $100 billion a year, have constrained efforts to invest in job creation and in strengthening our country and our economy; and

WHEREAS, according to a Gallup Poll released February 2, 2011, 72% of Americans favor action to “speed up the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan”; and

WHEREAS, President Obama supports a transition to an Afghan-led security arrangement in Afghanistan “because open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the Afghan people‘s”; and

WHEREAS, a diplomatic solution in Afghanistan that emphasizes economic development, political reconciliation and inclusion, the engagement of regional and global stakeholders, and the safeguarding of basic human rights is essential to ensure long-term stability in Afghanistan and the surrounding region; and

WHEREAS, military and intelligence officials agree that the situation in Afghanistan will not ultimately be resolved by a military solution; and

WHEREAS, the national and economic security of the United States depend upon a national defense strategy which addresses the modern threat of global terrorism in an effective, sustainable, and comprehensive manner; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Democratic Party recognizes the enormous strain placed on the U.S. military servicemembers, and their families since 2001 as a result of continuing engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains committed to ensuring that our troops have the support that they require when deployed as well as the care that they and their families need and deserve when they return home;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Party supports prioritizing job creation and a swift withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors in Afghanistan which must include a significant and sizable reduction no later than July 2011.

Quote of the Week… Tim Kaine defies conventional wisdom.

I heard Kaine say this yesterday… guess this will be an active week.
Video at ABCNews site:
clipped from abcnews.go.com

Does Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, know something all the pundits, pollsters and political prognosticators don’t?
In a bold prediction – either a sign he is wiser than the conventional wisdom, eternally optimistic, or staying on message until the bitter end – Kaine told “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour that Democrats would maintain control of the House in the midterm elections nine days from now. 

Amanpour asked him the political question of the year: does he think Democrats will keep the House of Representatives in their control?

 

“I do, I do. I think it’s going to be close. These races are very close, but from this point forward, it’s all about turnout and ground game. And we’re seeing good early voting trends and we’ve got work to do, but we think we can do it.”

So is all the polling wrong, Amanpour asked. Kaine didn’t address that question, but said the wind was at Democrats’ backs.

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