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DNC sets election tone

Posted: September 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.

President Obama officially accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for the upcoming presidential election in an address on Thursday night.

Local Democrat Sherryan Lima, one of 6,000 delegates attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., said the president’s remarks, and the convention as a whole, set the tone for the campaign.

“The convention was articulate. It told the truth. It was honest and straightforward,” she said. “It was good. He (Obama) pretty much cut through everything and just told the truth.”

More than 30 speakers took the stage Thursday for the last day of the convention.

“I think what really stood out to me is how everybody that came on stage and spoke in such a truthful, spiritual manner,” Lima said. “It was like President Obama gave them the strength to do that.”

Some were quick to point out the similarities of this year’s speech to his 2008 remarks about education, health care and civil rights.

“He seemed like it was him. He came back,” Lima said of Obama. “He’s always been consistent to me. I didn’t see too much a change so he came out fighting but in a good way, in a positive way. And the biggest difference is that now he’s going to follow through and finish what he started.”

Both the Republican and Democratic national conventions focused in part on the obstacles, successes and failures of the past four years. But Lima said the benefits of the president’s plans are just showing now and he needs more time to fully correct the country.

“He inherited a worse mess than any other president since the Great Depression, and four years isn’t enough time to finish what he started,” Lima said.



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