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On his Facebook wall, opinionator Kevin Richert of the Idaho Statesman mentions the props that former President Bill Clinton game former Coeur d'Alene High grad Bruce Reed for his input into the speech that wowed the Demcractic National Convention:
He didn't mention Idaho by state, but former President Bill Clinton said a former Idahoan had a hand in crafting his speech before the Democratic National Convention. The Idahoan in question: Bruce Reed, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and the son of former state Sen. Mary Lou Reed of Coeur d'Alene. Clinton discussed the speech Thursday on Comedy Central's “The Daily Show.” The mention of Reed starts about one minute in, and goes to about the 1:30 mark. Video here.
Question: Do you know much about Bruce Reed?
Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday. (AP photo)
From Teresa Welsh, U.S. News & World Report: Former President Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, making an impassioned case for President Barack Obama's re-election in November. His speech also served to formally nominate the president as the Democratic candidate. In his nearly 50-minute speech, which deviated from his prepared remarks to include a considerable amount of ad-libbing, Clinton gave a comprehensive review of Obama's first-term accomplishments. He spoke about Obama's job creation, the success of the auto industry bailout, and his healthcare reform. Known for his strong economic record while in office, Clinton made a point to highlight the severity of the economic situation Obama inherited:
President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. No president, not me, not any of my predecessors, could have repaired all of the damage he found in just four years.
Question: What did you think of former President Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night?
While voting to re-elect Barack Obama, please help keep Republicans from taking control of the Senate, Patty Murray asked delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
Murray, Washington's senior senator who also leads the organization dedicated to electing Democrats to that chamber, got an early evening speaking slot to boost Obama, knock GOP nominee Mitt Romney and make a pitch for a Democratic Congress.
She reiterated the Democrats line of the night, that Obama believes in “an economy that's built from the middle out, not from the top down.” That Republican proposals could turn Medicare into a voucher system, repeal health care reforms and take away abortion rights.
“To them, every problem is a nail and the onlly hammer they have is cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires,” she said. “With a Republican Congress riding shotgun, Mitt Romney will put the middle class on the roof and take our country on a long ride.”
'About an hour after her speech, the Republican National Committee issued a statement that Democrats were resorting to “false attacks to distract from their abysmal record” that includes high debt and employment above 8 percent for 42 months. “Nothing the Democrats can say will change the fact that voters know they are not better off after four years of failed policies and leadership,” Ted Kwong, a GOP spokesman, said.
Sen. Patty Murray has a pre-prime time speaking role at the Democratic National Convention today.
Washington's senior senator will be the third scheduled speaker in the block of speakers on tap from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time.
Convention schedule says it will be AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, Rep. Steve Israel of New York, then Murray. She'll be followed by Rep. Pedro Pierluisi and a video on Energy.
Loyal Washington Democrats who didn't get to go to Charlotte for their National Convention, but are dying to watch President Obama accept the nomination and make a speech Thursday, are planning parties around the state to make it a shared experience anyway.
Some will have special guests, like Gov. Chris Gregoire, who will be at a Seattle pizza parlor with U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott.
In Spokane, the setting is more business-like. They'll meet at the party Field Office, 239 W. Main, at 6 p.m. Congressional candidate Rich Cowan will be the special guest.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter does a radio interview with Geraldo Rivera in this photo taken at the Democratic National Convention yesterday by Idaho Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, who along with Bieter is among Idaho's 31 delegates to the national confab. Cronin said Rivera lobbed mostly “softball” questions at Bieter, along with asking about the city's political climate. “He was basically being the PR guy for the city of Boise,” Cronin said. “I think it actually gave the mayor a chance to talk about some of the great things that are going on in the city.”
Cronin, who's attending his first national party convention, said he's sensing a “tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm” among the crowd. “For me, I think, it's just a really exciting time to be surrounded by people who in general are like-minded but also serious about elections, and about the people we elect to represent us in government.”
First Lady Michelle Obama waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Chelsea Brown. Photo courtesy Salilsbury University
The results of the Republican and Democratic national conventions may not be in doubt, but for political junkies, they are still the equivalent of the Olympics as far as attending or participating.
So a Coeur d’Alene college student is understandably excited to be picked as an intern to the Democratic National Convention next month. Chelsea Brown, a University of Idaho grad working on her masters at Salisbury University, got the call as part of arrangement between the conventions and the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. She won an essay contest to get the gig.
Brown has a couple of goals: to re-establish the College Democrats club on the Maryland university’s campus, and to meet President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her stint at the convention. Could be a tossup which would be easier. But if she were talking about boosting support for Democratic candidates back in her hometown, we all know which would be the tougher task.