The delegates responded to these other questions:
What inspired you to become a delegate?
Substantive Political debate? Or just one big corporate-sponsored party?
Taxes and Growth: Real Ideas or More Political Rhetoric?
A question from Brent Morris of Lawrence, KS:
Whose Convention is it Anyway?
Do you feel that this is Bill Clinton's convention, as he has stated, and not necessarily the Democratic convention? Are you there because you support Bill Clinton, or are you there because you believe in the Democratic party?
Governor Parris Glendening, Annapolis, MD
I am not completely sure what is meant by "Bill Clinton's Convention". I do know that this is a Democratic Convention that is very enthusiastic about the reelection of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. As a Democrat, I feel very very strongly about the basis values of our party.
Our emphasis on education, protecting the environment, making our communities safe, and helping children is what has made the Democratic Party strong. The last four years of the Clinton Administration, and the vision it offers in the future, reaffirm why I am very strong Democrat, and why I'm certain Bill Clinton will be re-nominated by this Democratic Convention and reelected by the American people.
Enid Goubeaux, Greenville, Ohio
Bill Clinton is the President of the United States and the leader of the Democratic Party. I am a committed Democrat and a fervent Clinton supporter, because his vision of the Democratic party as the party of hard working, taxpaying, law abiding Americans who want to make the most of their own lives is my vision. His vision and mine is of an American community where we feel our obligations to one another, and we try to get everyone into the extraordinary American game. My support of President Clinton and the Democratic party is indivisible.
Susan Swift, Palestine, Texas
I proudly support both President Clinton AND the Democratic Party...in that order. But Brent, that doesn't mean that I don't sometimes disagree with both of them.
It is both Bill Clinton's convention and the Democratic Party's convention.
Art Noonan, Butte, Montana
I am here because I support both. At this juncture in time there is very little difference between President Clinton and the goals of the Party. No one can agree with any candidate or political party on 100% of every issue, if you do there is something wrong. Our democracy is designed to encourage debate and interaction if it isn't doing that, it means something is amiss. However, it is also the duty of any American to set aside narrow political belief for the operation of our government.
We were all Americans even if we didn't support the war in Vietnam. Politics often puts together strange bedfellows, but in all my work with Democrats I have never seen the party more united in the election of a President. At the end of this century the goals of this party and this President are closer than in recent memory.
Kathryn G. Mausolf, Glenwood Springs, CO
NO, this is definitely a Democratic Convention with an incumbent President. The people here are talking and debating issues proposed by the Democratic Party. I am here because I believe in the Democratic Party and its message.
Jim Burg, Pierre, South Dakota
Both! Bill Clinton epitomizes my feeling as a Democrat. I think he has moved us to the middle which I think has been necessary. He exemplifies "caring" and support for the less fortunate and our young people who are our only future. He has accomplished what he promised much more than would be evidenced if you listen to the Republicans. The Family Leave Act, minimum wage improvement, deficit reduction, and the reduction in the number of Federal workers are all promises that will improve the lives of everyone.
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