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DNC Chair Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks with Democratic National Committee Chair, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-NV) says the Pledge of Allegiance on stage with Democratic National Committee Chair, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) (L) during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The speeches have been spoken, broadcast into millions of homes and analyzed and re-analyzed by the pundits; two weeks of spin on political rhetoric has been spun; the good people of Charlotte are cleaning up the balloons and streamers and hotel vacancy rates are returning to normal.
But for all the pomp, circumstance and posturing, what issues were conspicuously absent from the 2012 Democratic National Convention? We heard about the economy, the perceived ineptness of the party on the other side of the aisle, a subdued but evident stance on gay marriage, the administration’s health care victory and many other issues from Barack Obama’s first term. But what didn’t we hear?
Although former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recited the Pledge of Allegiance during last night’s final night of the DNC in the aftermath of a spate of mass shootings in the past several months, the Democrats gave the issue of gun control a wide berth. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s flubbed majority vote on including God and acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday night didn’t get much play in the press.
What issues would you have liked the Democrats to address in Charlotte? What issues will make or break the Romney and Obama campaigns with less than two months to go?
Darry Sragow, attorney and long-time democratic strategist