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‘It was an honor to be there’ Pierce County delegate says of Mile High speech

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 28, 2008 at 11:38 pm with No Comments »
August 28, 2008 11:38 pm

Tacoma City Councilwoman Marilyn Strickland knew it would be an historic occasion the moment she became a Democratic delegate.

And it was.

Strickland, moved by her experiences at the Democratic National Convention, said it was an honor to stand on the field at Invesco Field tonight and witness Barack Obama’s speech to a crowd of some 80,000.

“It was visually stunning. The speech was very powerful. It was honor to be here and see the person who I believe is going to be the next president of the United States,” Strickland said shortly after the speech.

John Frazier, another Pierce County delegate, was also impressed.

“It was an amazing night. It was just incredible,” Frazier said late Thursday. “I don’t think words can describe it.”

Frazier and Strickland both said that Obama delivered a strong attack on his opponent, Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

“He was actually standing up to McCain and calling him out,” Frazier said. “We’re going to have a real debate and talk about the issues. It’s not going to be the old politics as usual. He showed he’s going to fight ‘em.”

Frazier believes Obama’s emphasis on the economy will help persuade undecided voters to side with Obama in November. “People are hurting right now. I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, you’re still paying high prices for gas. It doesn’t make a difference what party you’re in if the country’s in shambles.”

Next up is the Republican National Convention next week.

Frazier fully expects the party to respond to Obama’s tough stance.

“Without question,they’re going to attack every little thing they can,” he said.

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