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Kansas Democrats sense place in history

Convention that will nominate first black candidate for president opens today

August 25, 2008

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— Now that the Olympics have ended, let the games begin.

Kansas Democrats were among the thousands of party delegates, journalists and activists who gathered Sunday on the eve of what will be a historic Democratic National Convention.

And they expressed confidence in their ticket, topped by U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who is about to become the first black man nominated as a presidential candidate of a major party.

In addition, they praised the newest addition, U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., whom Obama picked as his vice presidential running mate.

"I think he's a great pick," said state Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, whose district includes part of Douglas County. "(Biden) is definitely a blue-collar type Democrat."

There has been some rumbling that delegates committed to U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., a former presidential contender, are upset that Obama chose Biden.

But state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, said she didn't expect any negative fallout. Francisco attended a brunch for women delegates on Sunday. "The comments were really ones of unity," she said.

Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson said he thought Biden's experience in foreign affairs was a positive. "I think Obama-Biden is a great ticket," he said.

This morning, the Kansas delegation will be hearing from Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, while Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to speak to the Texas and Illinois delegations. The prime-time speaker to the full convention tonight is Michelle Obama. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., also will speak.

Sebelius and nine other governors will speak to the full convention on Tuesday.

The convention runs through Thursday, when Barack Obama will give his acceptance speech.

Republicans will start their convention Sept. 1 in Minneapolis to nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Comments

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

"Kansas Democrats sense place in history"Come November, that will be second place.

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 3 months ago

it was Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize-winning author who first suggested that Clinton was America's first black president...

Confrontation 6 years, 3 months ago

The conservitards are getting pretty darn nervous right now. Their dream every four years is to get an old white elitist in every office at every level. A black man would make these losers shrivel up and die. Actually, that's my personal hope.

Confrontation 6 years, 3 months ago

The conservitards are getting pretty darn nervous right now. Their dream every four years is to get an old white elitist in every office at every level. A black man holding the top office would make these losers shrivel up and die. Actually, that's my personal hope.

bondmen 6 years, 3 months ago

evolve - your nasty, childish, small minded e-mail to me reflects your character which I'd previously and accurately identified from comments on stories you made which haven't been removed by L J World staff! Looks like you're going for the gold in the removal category!You ought to clean it up little fella - after all your huge IQ should produce sufficient thoughtful and humorous comments that can stand the scrutiny - unless it's really ego and not IQ that possesses you.

N_Trenched 6 years, 3 months ago

"Kansas Democrats sense place in history"As long as they aren't in our future!

staff04 6 years, 3 months ago

Interesting projection, snap. More interesting that you are the only person in the other party that actually thinks that...I'm actually excited to see the lethargy that has taken over Republicans in Washington take its toll on the entire party when the bathroom goblins invade MSP next week.

bondmen 6 years, 3 months ago

The Denver protests will bring more news focus and attention than any racial profiling inside the Democrat convention center.Oh, and doesn't Billybob Clinton claim to be the first African American President - in his own words? Billybob and Barry will have to hash this out themselves.Barack Hussein Obama, if by some chance he's elected, would become the first Indonesian American President!

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