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Midday Update: Democrats Kick Off Convention Week

by Newsteam Staff
September 4, 2012

Photo of the Day: First lady Michelle Obama speaks with actor and Obama administration official Kal Penn on a tour of the stagethe day before her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: First lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).


The Democrats kick off their national convention today in Charlotte, North Carolina, introducing a platform that calls for an international agreement to fight global climate change (TheHill) and ending the war in Afghanistan (Politico).

“Democrats pledge to continue showing international leadership on climate change, working toward an agreement to set emission limits in unison with other emerging powers,” the platform states. “Democrats will continue pursuing efforts to combat climate change at home as well, because reducing our emissions domestically–through regulation and market solutions–is necessary to continue being an international leader on this issue.”

Speakers tonight (USAToday) include First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. House candidate and San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, among others.

President Barack Obama’s and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaigns spent Labor Day weekend sparring over whether the United States’ workers, economy, and place in the global economy are better off now than four years ago (WashPost).

“I believed in you,” Obama told autoworkers in Toledo, Ohio Monday. “I bet on you. I’ll make that bet any day of the week. And because of that bet, three years later that bet is paying off for America. The American auto industry has come roaring back.”

The Romney campaign countered that the middle class is being “crushed,” saying that unemployment remains high, incomes have dropped, and gas prices have risen under Obama administration policies.

Expect the Democrats to talk up President Obama’s foreign policy and national security credentials this week, writes Foreign Policy‘s Josh Rogin.

“The Obama campaign will hammer that theme by making sure its officials and surrogates talk about the ongoing war in Afghanistan with a particular focus on veterans,” Rogin writes. He adds, “Obama and his team this week will also tout the president’s record on fighting terrorism, his decision to green-light the mission that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and the fulfillment of his 2008 campaign promise to end the war in Iraq.”

— Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

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