Democratic National Convention

The Republican National Convention ended last week with a question:

“Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

The Democrats answered this question over and over throughout their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Political heavy hitters like First Lady Michelle Obama and President Bill Clinton stood at the podium and answered the question for the American public.

“When President Barak Obama took office four years ago our economy was in a free fall. It had shrunk to nine percent of GDP. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month. Are we doing better than that today? Yes,” Clinton bellowed to an arena full of supporters.

Democrats listed President Obama’s accomplishments, and didn’t let the Republicans walk away with blame. They mentioned how Congressional Republicans have repeatedly blocked attempts at job bills, and fought the President on major reforms. The repeated answers to this question became the theme of the convention.

North Central College Political Science Professor Stephen Caliendo remarked that it was an interesting tactic for the Democrats to answer the Republican question so willingly. It allowed the Democrats a chance to highlight the choice between the two candidates.

Naperville Township Democratic Organization Chair, Dianne McGuire writes in a statement to Naperville Community Television, “When voters consider where they were just four years ago and where we are today, they realize that we have come a very long way in a very short time:

•31,000,000 American citizens now have access to affordable, quality health care, thanks to the Affordable Health Care Act

•The American auto industry has roared back to life, preserving millions of American jobs, thanks to the efforts of this President

•We have ended the war in Iraq and have a timetable in place for the responsible ending of the war in Afghanistan

•Osama bin Laden no longer remains a threat to American security

•Significant reforms have been enacted to curb the most flagrant Wall Street abuses

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