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Bill Clinton is writing his own speech
The former president is still a Big Enchilada in the Democratic Party. He's always capable of making news. People are speculating that Clinton will defend Obama against GOP charges the president is trying to undo some of Clinton's welfare reforms.
Elizabeth Warren knows red meat
Warren is a hard-edged Democrat from Massachusetts who is the party's best hope for unseating Republican Sen. Scott Brown. Polls currently show Brown with an edge, so this is a big night for Warren, both nationally and back home.
– Robynn Tysver
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democrats sought Tuesday to highlight and solidify their support among women and Latinos.
Speaker after convention speaker cited the impact of President Barack Obama's policies on women.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius talked up the benefits for women contained in the new federal health care law.
Equal pay activist Lily Ledbetter touted the president's efforts to address gender-based pay discrimination.
Nancy Keenan, head of NARAL Pro-Choice America, poked at Republican statements about “legitimate rape” and said Mitt Romney would take away women's rights to make decisions about their pregnancies.
“But there is one decision he cannot take away, and that is the one women will make on November 6th,” Keenan told a cheering hall full of delegates.
Other speakers, meanwhile, pointed to Democrats' support for the DREAM Act, which would give young illegal immigrants who attend college or serve in the military a path to citizenship.
And Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, was the night's keynote speaker. Castro, a 37-year-old Stanford and Harvard graduate, is the first Latino to offer to fill that role at a major party convention.
After the Republican National Convention last week, some polls indicated that Mitt Romney enjoyed a bump among likely Latino voters, although Obama's advantage remains strong.
The bump, however, offered a lesson to both parties as Democrats gather to nominate Obama for re-election. The vast and fast-growing Latino population, some say, may favor one party now, but it is far from set.
That's why Democrats' choice of speakers was no accident, said Peggy Whitworth, 69, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“Women and Latinos — their voices are very important,” she said. “They must be heard.”
She said it's about three words: respect, include and empower.
The fourth, she said, is “win.”
Nebraska delegate Amanda Houck, 31, of Lincoln, wearing her “Women for Obama” button, said the people on stage Tuesday night reflected the country.
“We've included every race. We've included women. We've included the men. We've included veterans,” she said. “We've included every single person of the United States in some way.”
C.J. King, 50, of Omaha, said both sides have been trying to reach out to different groups, but that Democrats' actions speak louder than kind words.
“I've got to believe that supporting the Dream Act is better than bringing up a Latino person and saying, ‘We support your interests,'” he said.
This report contains material from World-Herald news services.
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