By Marianne Schild
National YWCA DNC Correspondent
Later that evening, I attended the Delegate Welcome Party for North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte. Mayor Anthony Foxx, Los Angeles Mayor and Chair of the Convention Antonio Villaraigosa, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, SC Congressman Jim Clyburn and NC Congressman Mel Watt spoke to the crowd. The Hall was full of fun, with a photo station, two bands (one playing blue grass music), great food (the fried green tomatoes with jalapeno were amazing!) and, of course, the NASCAR race simulator. Apparently I am not destined to be a race car driver, let’s leave it at that. What I heard from Delegates and other Convention go-ers:
- One self-described “Conservative Democrat” Delegate from Western NC considered it oxymoronic that the Republican party platform supports personal liberties, yet they support policies telling people where and when they can or cannot get abortions, have medical care, and get access to decent education. They questioned how this is the government not getting in one’s business.
- A female local elected official and a male NC Delegate each separately shared with me they do not understand how females can be for a Republican candidate, as they see the Republican platform as against women and women’s bodies.
- Similarly, event attendees questioned how the working poor can be for a Republican candidate.
In the New York Times yesterday, David Brooks wrote “If you look at the polls you’ll observe that white male Obama supporters are as rare as a Cinnabon on Michelle Obama’s snack tray. Obama could end up below 40 percent among whites over all. I wonder if they’ll pull in the cast of ‘Pawn Stars’ to get the white working class vote.” In response, we had diverse crowds at the Interfaith Service yesterday afternoon and at the Delegate Welcome Party last night.
YWCA correspondent Marianne Schild is attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., from September 3-6. Ask her questions and our Twitter updates by using these Twitter hashtag: #ywcaDNC. Learn more.