NM's delegation gears up for Obama's speech
Posted at: 09/06/2012 4:57 PM
| Updated at: 09/06/2012 6:31 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
New Mexico's Democratic National Convention delegates have some definite ideas about what they expect to hear when President Obama delivers his acceptance speech Thursday night.
One delegate admits Obama is preaching to the choir, but points out that you have to motivate the choir if you want to fill the church.
They give former President Bill Clinton high marks for his speech Wednesday night setting the stage for Obama.
The President said he's going to lay out exactly what's at stake in this election, and the New Mexico delegation said that's exactly what they want him to do.
"He's gonna tell the American people that he has a plan for the next four years," delegate Javier Gonzales, the state Democratic Party chairman, said during a satellite interview from the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. "It's about focusing on and investing in the middle class, growing our economy from the bottom up, and making sure that everyone in our country - everyone, from the bottom all the way to the top - feels like they have an economy that works for them."
The state's Democrats expect the President to focus on the nation's job growth rate, even though New Mexico is still losing jobs, and they said they're looking for some of that inspirational fire that super-charged Obama's first campaign four years ago.
"We need to get the fire mvoing," delegate Christine Trujillo said. "It isn't all about cheering and saying yahoo - it's actually going out and making sure that everyone we know goes out and votes for President Obama."
The President said he regrets that stormy weather in Charlotte is forcing him to move his speech indoors instead of the far bigger outdoor stadium where he wanted to speak.
NBC coverage of the convention begins at 7:00 p.m.
KOB.com will also live stream coverage of convention.