DELEGATE FORUM -- DAY 3
August 28, 1996
The delegates responded to these other questions:
What role is foreign policy playing in the election?
Compare the substance and style of Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Dole?
What would happen if the Democrats won both the Congress and the Presidency?
Is Evan Bayh the next Bill Clinton?
A question from Jennie Berger of Lake Cook, IL:
Chicago's "Clean-up" for the Convention
Welcome to my hometown, Chicago! How do you like it? And more specifically, has Mayor Daley's attempt to clean up the area around the United Center worked? What is it like spending days on end in what has been considered one of the most dangerous and poor neighborhoods in our city?
The delegates respond:
Sally Beitia, American Falls, IN:
Chicago is beautiful, and the welcome that we have received is beyond anything I expected. I would never guess that the area around the United Center is one of the most dangerous and poor neighborhoods in the city. If this convention has caused that to improve for one week and hopefully carry over, then something has been accomplished. Thank you for your hospitality, Chicago!
Jason Bolt, Baton Rouge, LA
I have been thoroughly impressed by Chicago! The people have been very friendly, the food has been great, the sights have been spectacular, and the city has remained clean. The Chicago '96 volunteers have been wonderful, and the host committee is always available to answer questions.
I have never felt threatened here in Chicago, nor been afraid walking the streets at night. As a first time delegate, I have nothing to compare this convention to, but I have been very happy here in Chicago and would love to come back to visit and see everything that I didn't see this trip. Thank you Chicago!
Jennifer L. Brunner, Columbus, OH
I love Chicago, always have. Thanks for the welcome. We have little contact with the area outside of the United Center, because we are bused here directly from the Holiday Inn City Centre, almost to the front door (depending on the lines waiting to get in to the center).
Once we are in the United Center (and because of the security you don't want to go in and out) we stay put. So, to put it another way, we are kind of insulated from the conditions you describe.
I think the landscaping done on Michigan Avenue is beautiful. It is also very kind of the merchants to develop window displays and promotions in honor of the convention and its delegates. I have been to two previous conventions, 1992 in New York and 1988 in Atlanta. Chicago is definitely the best! Thanks for having us.
Clifford Hudson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
I like it a lot! Chicago has done a great job of being a host, and I know everyone in the Oklahoma delegation has been very impressed with the city and its hospitality.
As to spending days in the United Center, I have to say we have little awareness of the surrounding area, other than the short period of time in which we pass through the area on the bus. The center itself is relatively comfortable, as large public areas go.
I personally appreciate the way your city has rolled out the red carpet. I'll be back to Chicago more often in the future, as vacation time or business allows!
Sue Rochne, Zumbrota, MN
Terrific!!! I was here many years ago at the U. of Chicago in Grad School, where I earned my way doing survey work for the National Opinion Research Center. The city was then under the Senior Daley and, although a machine, it worked well.
The present Mayor Daley has gone him a thousand times better. Navy Pier, the revitalization of the Garfield neighborhood by sweat equity, and the overwhelming security that has been provided by the Chicago Police, POLITELY, has left all of us in awe. The volunteers are everywhere and charming, as well as helpful. This convention, and I've been to many, is clearly the winner of the Host City Award.
Of course there are "bad" neighborhoods and crime ridden ones, but what big city doesn't have them? Clinton knows that too, and that is why he fought for the 100,000 new beat police against the Dole/Gingrich opposition drum beat. It must be mentioned that he also has done so much for those of us who care about domestic violence, and again fought Dole/Gingrich to include funding for our battered women's shelters and prevention programs. Where have those guys been or do they still believe that it's a man's right to beat his wife?