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Was the Democratic National Convention a Success for Barack Obama?

Was the Democratic National Convention a Success for Barack Obama?

The Democratic National Convention ended Thursday night with a speech by President Barack Obama in a direct appeal to the American people for his re-election. The Democrats spent the week in Charlotte, N.C., emphasizing the successes of Obama's presidency, and why he is the right candidate to continue leading the country.

Obama maintained that he had saved the economy from peril, and if he remains in office the United States will make a full recovery. He stressed the fact that creating jobs is a process that takes time, and he must be given the chance to see out the rest of his agenda. Speeches by his wife Michelle and former President Bill Clinton were also highlights, seeking to emphasize the president's character and successes like healthcare reform and the auto industry bailout.

Despite these achievements, the economy is still a black spot on Obama's record. Republicans argue that Obama has not done enough to create jobs and spur growth, and the gloomier-than-expected jobs report released Friday is proof there is still a ways to go. Last week at the Republican National Convention, the GOP attacked the president for these failings and presented its candidate, Mitt Romney, as the better alternative. Republicans maintain that his business experience qualifies Romney to step in as president, and his polices will do what Obama has not been able to achieve in reviving the economy. Was the Democratic National Convention a success for Barack Obama? Here is the Debate Club's take:


The Arguments

#1
131 Pts
Obama Succeeded at Ducking Reality

Yes – Obama Succeeded at Ducking Reality

Ford O'Connell Republican Strategist, Conservative Activist, and Political Analyst

#2
18 Pts
Democrats Can Continue Placing Hope in Obama

Yes – Democrats Can Continue Placing Hope in Obama

Lara Brown Assistant Professor at Villanova University

#4
13 Pts
Obama Is Defying the Laws of Political Gravity

Yes – Obama Is Defying the Laws of Political Gravity

Brad Bannon President of Bannon Communications Research

#5
-11 Pts
Obama Appealed to Voters on Personality, Not Policy

No – Obama Appealed to Voters on Personality, Not Policy

Jamie Chandler Political Scientist at Hunter College

#6
-30 Pts
The Convention Was a Disaster for Obama

No – The Convention Was a Disaster for Obama

Judson Phillips Founder of Tea Party Nation


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