"He's sort of like us. He comes from a middle-class background, went to school on scholarships. He and his wife had to figure out child care and how to start a college fund for their kids.'"
- Barack Obama describing himself as he tries to woo blue-collar, read "White," voters.
Obama aims convention at blue-collar voters
DENVER - On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama said Sunday he hoped a week of political speechmaking would persuade reluctant middle-class voters to swing behind his bid for the White House, while Republicans sought to stir discontent among Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters.
Clinton was having none of it. Obama's rival in a bruising battle for the nomination was expected to release her delegates at midweek in a unity gesture.
Obama, bidding to become the first black president, campaigned through swing-state Wisconsin, then flew home to Chicago to work on the acceptance speech he will deliver before 75,000 partisans on the convention's closing night.
Previewing the week ahead, he said he hoped convention viewers would conclude, "He's sort of like us. He comes from a middle-class background, went to school on scholarships. He and his wife had to figure out child care and how to start a college fund for their kids.'"
Clinton outpolled Obama among working-class voters in many states through the winter and spring, and Sen. John McCain and the Republicans have worked relentlessly in more recent weeks to depict the Illinois senator as an elitist who is out of touch with blue-collar concerns.
Obama is in trouble with White blue-collar voters and he knows it. Saying that he is "sort of like" middle class, blue-collar, Whites is beyond a Freudian slip. He has absolutely nothing in common with them.
Not many folk in Ohio and Pennsylvania were educated in private schools in Hawaii and Indonesia.
Or went to Harvard.
Or live in a $3 million + mansion.
Or have been friends with domestic terrorists and Black supremacists.
Or ridicule people's faith and gun possession.
DENVER - Democratic delegates from Michigan and Florida were awarded full voting rights at the national convention Sunday, despite holding early primaries against party rules.
The convention credentials committee voted unanimously to restore the voting privileges at the behest of Barack Obama, the party's presumptive nominee for president. The states were initially stripped of delegates for holding primaries before Feb. 5. The party's rules committee restored the delegates in May, but gave them only half votes.
Democrats hope the gesture will strengthen their standing in two important battleground states while ending a contentious chapter of the nominating process.
"The only way we will be successful is if we are unified as a party and all Democrats know we are full partners," said Chris Edley Jr., a committee member from California who introduced the resolution to restore Florida's votes.
The party's move raises questions about whether it will be able to control its primary calendar in the future. A commission will work on the issue over the next two years.
Representatives from Florida and Michigan said they were penalized enough. None of the major candidates campaigned in the states before the primaries, and the delegates' votes weren't restored until after the nomination was decided.
"We realize that mistakes have been made, but we're excited in Florida," said Scott Maddox, a former Florida Democratic chairman and a member of the credentials committee. "We have suffered enough."