DNC: Obama’s Speech

DENVER – History streamed into Denver’s Invesco Field last night in all shapes, sizes and colors. Nearly 84,000 people stood in line for hours to witness something many in this country thought they might never see – a Black man accept the nomination for the presidency of the United States.

But they also came to hear, finally, a call for leadership for a country weary of war and angry at economic and social imbalances that the current administration refuses to acknowledge, much less address.

And in his historic speech, Barack Obama did not disappoint.
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DNC Day 2 – Morning Report: Hanging with the delegates

DENVER – New Mexico’s electoral importance in the race for the presidency has earned the New Mexico delegation some high-profile guests for breakfast at the Democratic National Convention.

High-profile Republican T. Boone Pickens surprised the New Mexico delegation early today by stopping by the official delegate breakfast at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Downtown Denver.

The visit follows Monday’s appearance at the New Mexico delegate breakfast by former Denver mayor and U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Pena and CNN commentator and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile.

And New Mexico delegates were buzzing about a rumor that Hillary Clinton may pay them a visit Thursday.

Today the Texas oilman presented his much-publicized alternative energy plan to the New Mexicans, who listened politely, said delegate and New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas.

“I didn’t know he was going to be here,” said Balderas.

“He made a little joke about being a Republican.” Continue reading

Anarchists, Charlie Rangel and the Denver Cops

As you wander the sunny streets of Lower Downtown Denver among the crowds of conventioneers, you can’t help but notice that the police presence is daunting.

I’ve had no interaction with the police – except to ask them for directions – but New Mexico Common Cause Executive Director Steve Allen did last night. He’s in Denver for the convention, where the local chapter of his organization is hosting some events.

Allen told me he was just minding his own business last night, walking down the street, when he ducked into a LoDo hotel to use the restroom. He noticed a few young anarchists hanging around outside the hotel but thought nothing of it.

Then he ran into venerable New York congressman Charles Rangel, holding court in the hotel lobby with his entourage and forgot all about the anarchists.

It was all pretty cool, he thought, until he went to the bathroom and couldn’t get out.
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DNC: Tom Udall Interview

DENVER: Rep. Tom Udall told me he will talk about the sorry state of the Bush economy when he addresses the Democratic National Convention in Denver at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

I ran into the congressman and candidate for U.S. Senate at the Sunport this morning while we were both waiting for Denver-bound flights.

Udall, a Democrat, said he will speak at the convention tomorrow at the request of New York Senator Charles Schumer, who chose Udall to speak as part of a slate of Schumer’s most promising Senate candidates. Others who will speak include New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, Maine’s Tom Allen and Colorado’s Mark Udall (Tom Udall’s cousin).

Tom Udall, who faces Steve Pearce for the senate seat left open by the retirement of Pete Domenici, said he was heartened by the opening-day speeches of Michelle Obama and Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

“I think it was a step toward healing and unifying the party,” he said. “I thought all of it was very moving.” Continue reading