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Local delegate gives an insight into DNC

Posted: September 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Delegates cheer as former President Bill Clinton arrives to address the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.


Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention ended with an address by former President Bill Clinton.

President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, “put a floor under the crash” and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, Clinton declared on Wednesday night in Charlotte, N.C.

“If you want a you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket,” Clinton said. “If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility — a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”

Local Democrat Sherryan Lima, one of 6,000 delegates attending the convention, said Obama’s actions speak for themselves.

“It’s just mostly about the choice between what Romney has to offer and what the president has done,” Lima said. “He’s created jobs, stronger education, he’s improving the economy, health care and real immigration reform.”

She said she credits many of the jobs in Santa Clarita, such as police officers and other first responders, to Obama's recovery plan.

There were a number of notable speakers at Wednesday’s gathering, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic candidate for a Republican-held Senate seat in Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts.

"Elizabeth Warren came out and she was so powerful talking about how important a woman’s right to choose is and productive rights, and how we need to stand up," Lima said.

Warren spoke before Clinton and spent much of her time positioning herself as a defender of the middle class. She focused at one point on families “tricked by credit cards, fooled by student loans and cheated on mortgages.”

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, visited with delegates earlier in the day and also drew attention to the housing situation in America.

“(Harris) talked about how important it is to buy a home and why that’s an important part of our economy and what the president is doing to ensure more people can own homes,” Lima said.

Conceding that many struggling in a slow-recovery economy don’t yet feel the change, Clinton said in a prime-time speech that circumstances are improving “and if you’ll renew the president’s contract you will feel it.”

Lima said one of the main lessons she's taking away from the convention is the need to work with other parties.

"I think the big message is we need to work together, as Americans, to find solutions," Lima said. "As for the election, the fact is that in Santa Clarita we are a mix of Republicans, Dems, Independents, but the truth is that all of us, should vote for the president because his policies benefit all of us."


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