(09/05/12) - It's the halfway point of the Democratic National Convention.
Delegates will vote to nominate President Obama and Vice-President Biden for a second term Wednesday. Several Mid-Michiganders will be part of that process.
Due to severe weather forecasts, DNC organizers decided to move Thursday night's acceptance speech by the president and vice-president from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium back inside at the Time Warner Cable Arena, a smaller venue, where the rest of the convention proceedings have taken place. The DNC says 65,000 people signed up to witness the president's acceptance speech. They won't all be able to be there now, but the president will thank them on a conference call Thursday.
Wednesday, the show goes on as planned, and it'll all wrap up with the roll call vote.
Wednesday, history will repeat itself for State Representative and Democratic delegate Woodrow Stanley. He was there in 2008 when the delegates voted to nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden for the first time. The difference now is the party is united behind one candidate.
"It will be a proud moment to be there and be a part of collectively casting our votes for his re-nomination," said Democratic Delegate Woodrow Stanley. "It's always good when the scenery is unified as opposed to the contentious moments."
Stanley's colleague in the Michigan House, Stacy Erwin Oakes, was an alternate back in 2004, but now is a full voting delegate.
"It will be a monumental moment in my life to cast my vote for the re-election of President Obama," Erwin Oakes said. "It's just a refreshing moment. I think it's the energy we're looking for to kick off this campaign and make it official."
The roll call will take place immediately following the nominating speech by former President Bill Clinton.
"For me, it's going to be exciting. I think we'll be hanging on every word. Everyone loves Bill," Erwin Oakes said.
Stanley says he had a close relationship with Clinton when he was president and Stanley was mayor of Flint.
"Made many, many visits to the White House, worked very hard on his campaign and re-election campaign as I'm working on President Obama's campaign. So that will be a special moment," he said.
Stanley and Erwin Oakes say this convention will motivate them to get voters registered and spread the president's message when they return home to Mid-Michigan.
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