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Brenda Clack, Dan Kildee attend DNC in Charlotte, NC

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(09/05/12) - We see all the big speeches and light moments on TV during the political conventions, but there's a lot of business that's done there too.

It's not just the delegates who are involved.

Neither Democratic Congressional Candidate Dan Kildee nor Genesee County Commissioner Brenda Clack are voting delegates at the DNC, however, they say the experience they'll gain there will help them in their roles representing Mid-Michigan.

For the second time, Brenda Clack of Flint is serving on the all-important Platform Committee at the DNC.

"It lays the foundation for the policies that will be adopted by the delegates," Clack said.

Clack is one of just five Michiganders on the National Platform Committee, which met in Detroit several weeks ago. That's where Clack says the committee compiled ideas for the platform.

Clack said the most important things to come out of the Platform Committee were "dealing with economic issues, the jobs situation, and how it affects the urban communities, and there you deal with crime issues."

The delegates must've agreed, because they adopted the platform during Tuesday's night's session.

Meanwhile, Dan Kildee, the Democratic candidate for the Fifth Congressional District seat, is here hoping to learn things that could help him in his campaign.

"The interesting thing for me is to find people from other states," he said. "We all sort of think we're battling on our own, and what we find is whether it's Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, or Louisiana, we have a lot in common."

Kildee says Michigan is important this election, not just because it's a battleground state. "Michigan represents the big challenge our country faces. Are we going to get the middle class rebuilt? Are we going to focus on manufacturing? The things that make Michigan tick are really important to the rest of the country?"

Kildee thinks people back home in Mid-Michigan will get the message coming out of the DNC, especially when it comes to the President's role in the auto bailout.

"People know it, people understand it, because if it's not them, it's a brother, an uncle, a cousin, or a grandparent that has been part of the auto industry."

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