Obama poll bandwagon gets underway

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US Democrats will vote on what to include in the platform that aims to see Barack Obama re-elected to the White House (AP) // US Democrats will vote on what to include in the platform that aims to see Barack Obama re-elected to the White House (AP)
US Democrats will vote on what to include in the platform that aims to see Barack Obama re-elected to the White House (AP)
The US Democrat convention will get underway with the aim of selling Barack Obama as the wise and humane alternative to Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, a pitch to an American electorate that is more politically divided than ever.
As they watch the political stagecraft, there may be only one thing all Americans can agree on: Deep concern over the halting economic recovery and meltdown of the US financial sector that began shortly before Mr Obama took office.
First lady Michelle Obama's speech was set to be an early highlight of a three-day schedule that has drawn thousands of delegates to North Carolina. Popular former president Bill Clinton, whose 1990s presidency is trumpeted by Democrats as the last great period of economic growth, speaks tomorrow.
The first lady previewed her remarks in a radio interview, indicating she would offer a very personal reminder of "the man that he was before he was president."
Through the course of the Democratic gathering, Mr Obama and his party will be fighting Mr Romney's argument that the president has failed and will only lead the US deeper into debt and economic despair. That was the Republican theme at their national convention last week in Tampa, Florida.
For his part, Mr Obama set the tone for the Democratic gathering, declaring that his rival's governing prescriptions are something out of the past. Mr Obama argues that Mr Romney brings nothing more to his quest for the White House than reprising the failed plans and policies of former Republican President George W. Bush.
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