Alaska Democratic Delegate Shares His Perspective on National Convention (With Video of President Clinton's Nomination Speech)
First Lady Michelle Obama, in her speech Tuesday night, set an overall positive mood for the four-day event
According to Claman, GM and Chrysler would both have seen much harder times had Obama not stepped in.
“One of the really impressive features that we really haven’t heard about in Alaska was President Obama’s work to save the auto industry. Business analysts were saying both General Motors and Chrysler were really ready to go under, and there were people that said, including, I think, Governor Romney, saying let General Motors go under, let the market take its way.”
Claman said that kind of proposal is “risky” and takes “courage,” and in the end he said it was beneficial. Former President Bill Clinton backed up those statements in his public address Wednesday night (watch the video of his entire speech at the end of this story).
“Today we have a very strong General Motors, a very strong Chrysler, and I think if President Obama had not taken that leadership we would not have the auto industry in the U.S. that we have today,” Claman said.
The final day of the Democratic National Convention has had an abrupt change of plans. On Thursday, the day President Obama will accepting his nomination, the speech was supposed to take place in an outdoor arena, where more than 65,000 people were expected to be in the audience. But due to heavy rains and wind, they will be moving back inside the Time Warner Cable Arena, which holds about 20,000.
“It's actually interesting; yesterday I know Anchorage had huge wind storms and rain storms, and I think the rain is still going on, and because of rain storms here in Charlotte they had to cancel the plans to have the acceptance speech tomorrow night outdoors.”
The final call on the venue change was made Wednesday morning.
"It’s a reminder that we all have to deal with the weather."