Saturday, September 8, 2012
Illinois Democrats Take Stage In NC This Week
Much of Illinois’ political attention this week was focused on the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where Gov. Pat Quinn addressed thousands of delegates and the nation. Quinn called out Republicans for “smearing” President Obama’s record on welfare reform and other issues during a speech Tuesday evening at the party’s national convention.
The theme of Quinn’s speech was “facts are stubborn things,” a quote he attributed to President John Adams. He disputed Republican assertions from the party’s national convention a week earlier about Obama’s record on Medicare and work requirements for welfare recipients, as well as his role in the closure of an auto plant in northern Illinois. “From day one, President Obama has told you where he stands, what he believes and what he is doing to make our middle class strong again,” Quinn said during his speech. “America is moving forward under President Obama’s leadership, and that’s a fact. Now it’s our job in the next nine weeks to make sure that the American people know the facts.”
Quinn ended his address with one his familiar and oft-used lines from back home, as he invited Americans to vote for Obama this fall. “…and together let’s make the will of the people the law of the land,” he said. Several Illinois elected officials, including Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and various state senators and representatives, could be seen in the crowd during the nationally televised parts of the convention.
You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/55552/il-week-in-review-democrats-take-the-stage/