Monday, August 25, 2008

Democrat Convention Is Underway

The major speeches are yet to come but individual state meetings and discussions about the party platform are underway at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Pennsylvania has one of the largest contingents with 187 delegates. However, 2 veterans remained home, former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff and Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll, due to health reasons.
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato supported Senator Hillary Clinton in the Primary but said it wasn't difficult to back Senator Barack Obama. Onorato says he's looking forward to the speech of Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey because that shows Obama is inclusive. Senator Casey's father, the late Governor Bob Casey was barred from speaking at the 1992 Convention because he was pro-life.
Mike Crossey, a teacher from suburban Pittsburgh, says Hillary Clinton's plan for public education is "right on point" but he also likes Obama's education proposals. Crossey says to win Pennsylvania, Obama must spend more time in the state and let voters know how he will turn around the economy.

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