Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Obama's Speech Inspires Area Delegates ; 18-Year-Old Walton, Others Praise President, Remain in Awe of Clinton

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Obama's Speech Inspires Area Delegates ; 18-Year-Old Walton, Others Praise President, Remain in Awe of Clinton

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President Barack Obama decisively put to rest any doubts that he deserves another four years, according to local delegates on the Democratic National Convention floor Thursday night. Moments after Obama finished his Democratic renomination acceptance speech at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., local convention delegates cast it as a Roman triumph.

"It was an amazing speech - so inspirational," said 18-year-old Princeton, Ind., resident Andrea Walton. "I feel like I'm ready to go do everything I can to help the president get re-elected."

Walton, a freshman at American University in Washington, D.C., said Obama's soaring rhetoric and the adrenaline-fueled atmosphere of the convention hall had captured her imagination.

"I don't know if it was any one thing," she said.

Anthony Long, chairman of the 8th congressional district Democratic Party, said in a text message that Obama "did what he needed to do."

"He went on the offense. His message was simple. We will grow our economy from the middle class.. The president was very presidential and inspired the (Indiana) delegation," wrote Long, a Warrick County resident.

Long, a veteran of at least a half-dozen national conventions, also had something to say about the event itself.

"What a convention!!!" he wrote.

Walton is one of the youngest Americans to ever serve as a delegate to a national political convention. Democratic Party rules specify that national convention delegates must be at least 18.

Neither national party keeps records on teenage national convention delegates, but both say it happens. Within the thousands of longtime party activists, donors, leaders and elected officials who typically get tapped to be delegates, there's always a handful who are barely old enough to vote.

Walton said two major highlights of the convention stand out for her.

While national television cameras broadcast the scene live, she stood directly behind U.S. Rep. Andre Carson as Carson announced Indiana's delegation had cast all 101 of its votes for Obama's renomination. Walton's broad smile was impossible to miss. …

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