Clyburn mocks GOP ‘gloom and doom’
South Carolina delegates munched on pulled pork, fish tacos and Krispy Kreme bread pudding on Sunday while dancing to beach music, gawking at famous racecars and trying their hand at a mock pit stop during a welcoming reception Sunday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of Columbia addressed the gathering that included delegates from Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. He spoke after the crowd heard from Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the convention.
Clyburn urged delegates not to fear talking about President Barack Obama’s health care plan that has been a chief target of the Republicans, riffing off the law’s nickname to say that it shows “Obama Cares.”
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Clyburn got the biggest reaction with a line aimed at the GOP ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: “I want to go out to the American people and draw the contrast between the visionary leadership that we have experienced for the past four years with what you hear from Dr. Gloom and Mr. Doom.”
Football on Thursday, convention on Sunday
S.C. State football player David Davis is in Charlotte this weekend for the Democratic National Convention, fresh off a 33-6 win over Georgia State on Thursday night.
“My hamstrings are killing me!” he said while attending the Winthrop LEAD program, which stands for Learn Experience American Democracy.
Despite that, Davis was giddy to be in Charlotte. He plans to listen to Clyburn speak to students this morning. But then it’s back to class and football practice.
Davis is one of about 100 students from 10 colleges and universities across South Carolina taking a weeklong class in Charlotte sponsored by Winthrop University.
What the S.C. delegates will be doing
Today: Breakfast address by Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, also including S.C. state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter; “Carolinafest” Labor Day celebration in Charlotte’s Uptown from noon to 6:15 p.m.; “Salute to South Carolina” reception, hosted by Clyburn, at the Mint Museum; and a reception hosted by Duke Energy (scheduled to end at 2 a.m.).
Tuesday: Breakfast address by state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the 2010 Democratic nominee for S.C. governor, and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and civil rights figure U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta; and a reception hosted by the S.C. Democratic Party alongside Florida and Alabama. (It could be another late night as that reception is scheduled to end in the wee hours, too.)
Wednesday: Breakfast address by Clyburn, convention Rules and Bylaws Committee chairman Jim Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This also will be a late night with former President Bill Clinton speaking at the convention and the roll-call vote to re-nominate President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Thursday: Breakfast with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges and Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen. Later that night, Obama accepts his party’s nomination.