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US Democrats Call For Unity on First Day of Convention

  • VOA News
  • Iqbal Choudhury
  • Sarkar Kabiruddin

Speakers at the U.S. Democratic National Convention stressed the need for their party to unite and work together towards common goals, as the party's convention opened in Denver, Colorado (Monday).

The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told delegates they have an obligation to, as she put it, "fight for the world as it should be". Michelle Obama described her husband as a strong believer in social justice, committed to achieving the "American dream" of financial security and opportunity for all.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill described Obama as "someone who understands the real America" and can bring together people from diverse walks of life. She attacked his Republican rival, John McCain, as someone backed by, in her words, "the powerful, the few, and the extremely wealthy."


Another highlight during Monday's events was the surprise appearance of Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer. Kennedy told the crowd the time has come to pass the torch of leadership to Obama -- echoing a line from the inaugural speech of his brother, the late President John F. Kennedy.

Today's (Tuesday's) convention schedule includes a long-anticipated speech by New York Senator Hillary Clinton, who lost the competition for delegates to Obama during a long and bitter primary.

Some of Clinton's supporters remain upset she lost, while others are upset Obama did not select her to be his vice-presidential running mate.

Polls indicate that a significant number of Clinton supporters will vote for Republican Senator John McCain as president.

The Republican Party holds its national convention next week in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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