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Mid-Michigan delegates preview president's speech at DNC

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(09/06/12) - It may not be in the location they were hoping for, but our Mid-Michigan delegates at the Democratic National Convention are still looking forward to Thursday night's nomination acceptance speeches by President Obama and Vice-President Biden.

The crowd went wild Wednesday night when President Obama took the stage at the DNC, and he didn't even speak. The president made a surprise appearance after former President Bill Clinton wrapped up the nominating address. 

On Thursday, all eyes will be on the vice-president and then the president as they accept the Democratic party's nomination for a second term.

State Representative and Democratic delegate Woodrow Stanley was there for the big speeches in 2008.  Because of the threat of bad weather, the president's speech won't take place in a big stadium like last time, but he says it'll be just as powerful.

"When Senator Barack Obama, at that point, it was just absolutely a historic, thrilling moment. I suspect that when he does so on Thursday night, it will also be a historic moment," Stanley said.

Stanley thinks the president will talk about the promises that he made and kept.

"President Obama is going to be able to talk about the fact that he advanced – health care as a central part of this administration, and he did so.  He's going to be able to talk about his work in saving the auto industry, he's going to be able to talk about providing a stimulus to help communities like Flint," Stanley explained.

Delegates Floyd Clack and Rosa Holliday hope the speech resonates with everyone back home in Mid-Michigan.

"Everybody waits for the big speech, and we'll be ready for the big speech, and people will leave Carolina ready to go, ready to pick up some votes, and get the votes we need to win," said Clack.

"We're all waiting for that moment and to go forward after Thursday, on Friday, to keep working in these communities, knocking on doors, and getting people to vote for the president," said Holliday.

Sixty-five thousand people will miss out on Thursday's speeches as a result of the move back inside the Time Warner Cable Arena. On Thursday afternoon, President Obama thanked them on a conference call.

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