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History under way on final night of Democratic National Convention


History under way on final night of Democratic National Convention

By David O. Williams

August 28, 2008 —  DENVER — History is in the making tonight at Mile High Stadium in Denver, where Barack Obama’s is scheduled to receive the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Several performers and speakers have already been on stage as the Democrats use their big night in Denver to try and more precisely define their candidate ahead of November’s election.

Beijing Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson delivered the pledge of allegiance, and the first speaker was U.S. Marine John Kunninholm, who lost an arm in Iraq and said John McCain proposes to double down with money and troops we can’t afford.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter focused on energy policy when he spoke at 4:30 p.m., saying, “Are you ready to turn the page on the Bush McCain energy policy that opposes investment in renewable energy? We see the opportunity to build a new energy economy with natural gas, wind, and solar.”

Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez spoke tonight on immigration reform, saying, “Please join me (in supporting Barack Obama) because he is the change we need and John McCain means more of the same failed policies, the same broken promises, the same empty promises to the immigrant community. We represent hope and freedom and opportunity. Barack Obama will fight for comprehensive immigration reform.”

Note: David O. Williams is reporting via cell phone from inside the Democratic National Convention at Mile High Stadium in Denver.



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