As Barack Obama's poll numbers slide, he is looking for huge momentum from this week's Democratic National Convention to give him new life in election 2012.
So what will Obama focus on at the DNC to help his cause? Well, put simply, the economy.
On Monday, the Democratic National Committee announced the 2012 Democratic Party platform, which will be officially adopted by the delegates to the DNC Convention on Tuesday. The party platform seeks to articulate Obama’s vision for moving our country forward, especially by restoring economic security and building an economy that is built to last.
Some are wondering what the big take-away will be from DNC 2012. Obama had “hope and change” when he gave his epic Denver football stadium convention speech in 2008. But hope and change is a bit lacking in today’s political environment.
As reported by The Hill:
A majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that Obama does not deserve reelection, according to a new poll for The Hill.
Fifty-two percent of likely voters say the nation is in “worse condition” now than in September 2008, while 54 percent say Obama does not deserve reelection based solely on his job performance.
Only 31% of voters believe the nation is in “better condition,” while 15% say it is “about the same,” the poll found. Just 40% of voters said Obama deserves reelection.
Last week, the Republican National Convention looked to push the motto “a better future.”
Expect the DNC to counter that message with their own brand of what that future looks like.
The Democratic Party platform reflects President Obama’s vision for the future. Meanwhile, the Republican Party, led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, approved a platform that supports the same top-down economic policies that some analysts say hurt the middle class and embraces extreme positions on issues and policies from Medicare to immigration to women’s health.
You can read the Democratic platform here.
Here are some key excerpts:
“Democrats believe that getting an education is the surest path to the middle class, giving all students the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and contribute to our economy and democracy. Public education is one of our critical democratic institutions. We are committed to ensuring that every child in America has access to a world-class public education so we can out-educate the world and make sure America has the world’s highest proportion of college graduates by 2020. This requires excellence at every level of our education system, from early learning through post-secondary education. It means we must close the achievement gap in America’s schools and ensure that in every neighborhood in the country, children can benefit from high-quality educational opportunities.
“President Obama and the Democratic Party are committed to ensuring all Americans are treated fairly. This administration hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention and we must continue our work to prevent vicious bullying of young people and support LGBT youth.
“President Obama – the son of a single mother and the father of two daughters – understands that women aren’t a special interest group. They are more than half of this country, and issues that affect women also affect families. That is why the first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight back when they are paid less than men, and why we continue to fight to overcome Republican opposition and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to help stop gender discrimination in pay before it starts.
“The President and the Democratic Party believe that women have a right to control their reproductive choices. Democrats support access to affordable family planning services, and President Obama and Democrats will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers. The Affordable Care Act ensures that women have access to contraception in their health insurance plans, and the President has respected the principle of religious liberty. Democrats support evidence-based and age-appropriate sex education.”
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