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DNC Kicks Off

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

August 25, 2008

It was a big night for Democrats kicking off their national convention in Denver, Colorado, many waiting to hear the night's headlining speech from Senator Barack Obama's wife Michelle, but though it has become a tradition for potential first lady's to take the stage, analysts warn not to put too much emphasis on any one speech.

"Michelle Obama is not running for anything so her candidacy doesn't hang in the balance," said Paul Freedman, a UVa Politics professor.

Freedman says that it's important for Democrats to concentrate on the overall message

"What really matters here is the overall impression that voters are left with at the end of this convention," said Freedman.

Of not only the party, but also their candidate.

"A big piece of what happens in Denver is going to be the introduction of and the definition of Barack Obama," said Obama.

Taking full advantage of the media attention the convention will garnish.

"In this day and age a convention is best thought of as a four day campaign ad for the candidate," said Freedman.

Also using this week to deliver a message about Obama's opponent.

"Particularly important this year is going to be Obama's effort not only to define himself but to define his opponent," said Obama.

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner and Senator Hillary Clinton are scheduled to speak Tuesday night.

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