Election 2012

Day 3 at the DNC

TFK Kid Reporter Claire Duncan reports from the final day of the DNC

September 07, 2012
JAIME JOYCE FOR TIME FOR KIDS

TFK Kid Reporter Claire Duncan interviews Rajbir Bainiwal, 21, a delegate from Stockton, California.

Thursday was the last and most exciting day of the convention. With a forecast of thunderstorms, organizers moved President Barack Obama’s speech indoors. In anticipation of the President’s arrival, helicopters started to circle the Time Warner Cable Arena and security became even tighter.

Mary J. Blidge performs at the Democratic National Convention on September 6.

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Mary J. Blidge performs at the Democratic National Convention on September 6.

I interviewed many young delegates on the convention floor. They all said how excited they were to be in Charlotte, North Carolina, as delegates representing their home states. I even managed to interview Soledad O’Brien from CNN, who was busy reporting on the convention herself.

The speeches began late in the afternoon. Michigan’s former Governor Jennifer Granholm got everyone fired up, and she brought the crowd to its feet during her speech. The presence of Hollywood was felt when actresses Scarlett Johansson and Eva Longoria addressed the delegates. But everyday people also talked about their experiences with some of the issues at stake in this election, such as health care, education and immigration. 

Obama Campaign Co-Chair and actress Eva Longoria speaks at the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

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Obama Campaign Co-Chair and actress Eva Longoria speaks at the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

The excitement just kept building throughout the night. James Taylor, Mary J. Blige and the Foo Fighters performed, with the crowd clapping and singing along. Then, it was time to hear from Vice President Joe Biden. He officially accepted his party’s nomination for Vice President and spoke about the country’s economic recovery. He talked a great deal about the President’s character and how that impacts the decisions he makes.

The clapping and cheering was loudest when President Obama came out to speak. He encouraged Americans to move forward and to work together to help everyone achieve the American dream. His speech included a reminder to his daughters, Malia and Sasha, that they still had to go to school the next day. And, so did I.

It’s an amazing opportunity to attend a convention and even more incredible to report on it for TFK.


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