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DNC Dispatch: Local Dems, GOP Leaders on Clinton

Lawmakers and delegates from both parties sound off on the former president's speech

A rotating cast of lawmakers and American citizens were center-stage at the Wednesday night, speaking to a stadium packed with delegates, and millions of others watching on TV.

Automobile workers whose jobs were salvaged by President Obama's auto industry bailout in 2009 were swift to praise the current commander-in-chief; laid-off Bain Capitol employees were quick to dig into presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney, accusing him of operating businesses without a moral compass. 

The later hours housed more household names, like Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland)—who assailed Paul Ryan—and Sandra Fluke, who enumerated on the Democratic Party's commitment to women's rights.

The night's penultimate event was an hour-long speech by former president Bill Clinton, delivered with the ease of a veteran orator. Clinton lauded Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and America's middle class.

After Clinton voiced support for Obama, delegates from the 50 states followed suit, officially nominating the current president to run again come November.

Ken Jenkins, a Westchester County Legislator, said the remarks delivered during the night were impressive.

"The speeches were outstanding in setting the tone," he said. "We are better off than we were four years ago; we need to move forward. [And] it's clear, at least from my perspective, that we need to move forward with President Obama."

Some local Republicans, back from last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, FL, have been keeping a watchful eye on the Democratic happenings. Sen. Greg Ball (R-Putnam/Westchester) was not critical of Clinton, but instead Obama's alignment with the former president.

"Clinton is an always will be an amazing speaker and politician, and beyond that, Clinton was an effective and pragmatic president who worked in a bipartisan way to accomplish goals," Ball said. "But... the current president is banking his entire election on the back of President Clinton."

"I look forward to the debates between our candidate, Mitt Romney, and and the current president," Ball added. "There is only one leader and one team to take our country to the next level."

Vincent Reda, chairman of the Rockland County Republican Committee, said he did not tune in for Clinton.

"I have no interest at all in their convention," he said, noting he will not be watching President Obama speak Thursday night, either.

Reda added the jolt from the RNC is still lingering.

"Everybody left there electrified," he said. "It got people pumped."

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(For Patch's coverage of the Republican National Convention, click here.)

Richard Kavesh September 07, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Mike, there is only one president with an M.B.A. (from Harvard no less), and his name is George W. Bush. I do agree with you that he is our dumbest president ever and one of our worst (Buchanan probably the worst). Whatever our agreements or disagreements, I appreciate your using your full name.
Kelly Castel September 07, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Richard you must have forgotten about Jimmy Carter. BTW calling George W. Bush the "dumbest" president ever might be part of the reason you have had so many unsuccessful runs at a political office? Conventions are NOT run by the candidates, they are run by professional producers and directors (not to mention the dog and pony show from Hollywood and MTV). If you have any pull maybe you could contact the liberal media and ask them for some fair and bipartisan coverage, (afterall they are suppose to be professionals) at the very least it might ease your of the burden of "telling us the truth about Republicans"! I have always had the courage to use my "real" name. Your appreciation of that fact is neither necessary or validating.
Mike Hirsch September 07, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Richard, I think we both went to the same school up in Clinton, NY a long time ago.
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"Ask Osama Bin Laden if he's better off today than he was four years ago". Sen John Kerry. "Oh thats right we can't, because HE'S EFFING DEAD!" Jc Brotherhood
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