A rotating cast of lawmakers and American citizens were center-stage at the in Charlotte, NC, Wednesday night, speaking to a stadium packed with delegates and millions of others watching on TV.
Automobile workers whose jobs were salvaged by President Barack Obama's auto industry bailout in 2009 were swift to praise the current commander-in-chief; laid-off Bain Capitol employees were quick to dig into presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney, accusing him of operating businesses without a moral compass.
The later hours housed more household names, like Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland)—who assailed Paul Ryan—and activist Sandra Fluke, who enumerated on the Democratic Party's commitment to women's rights.
The night's penultimate event was an hour-long speech by former president Bill Clinton. He lauded Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and America's middle class.
After Clinton voiced support for Obama, delegates from the 50 states followed suit, officially nominating the current president to run again come November.
Ken Jenkins, a Westchester County Legislator in New York state, said the remarks delivered during the night were impressive.
"The speeches were outstanding in setting the tone," he said. "We are better off than we were four years ago; we need to move forward. [And] it's clear, at least from my perspective, that we need to move forward with President Obama."
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