Dems continue outreach to Hispanics, blue-collar voters

Democratic keynote speakers targeted Hispanic-Americans and working-class voters on Tuesday night, capped off by an emotional speech by first lady Michelle Obama.

Democratic keynote speakers targeted Hispanic-Americans and working-class voters on Tuesday night, capped off by an emotional speech by first lady Michelle Obama.

She described her own blue collar upbringing, as well as the financially difficult first years of her marriage. “We were so young, so in love, and so in debt,” she told the Democratic National Convention, in one of her more memorable lines. The first lady also said her husband “turned down high-paying jobs,” contrasting him with Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who worked in private equity.

The first lady followed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who said Romney “just doesn't know how good he has it” and used Spanish to emphasize his cultural roots. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley also preceded Michelle Obama with an attack dog speech that said the GOP ticket wants to take the US “back to the failed policies that drove us into a deep recession.”

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