From The Democratic Convention Floor With Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo - Day 4

Day Four - Following Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech

As a sports fan, I've been to hundreds of sporting events where the stadium was packed to the rafters and thousands of fans were cheering with excitement. I thought people were energized at those events! NOTHING I have ever seen compared to the energy here tonight. Even the most exciting UK vs. UofL game is NOTHING compared to the electricity here in Denver. It has been an exhilarating experience!

More than 75,000 hopeful Americans roared when Barack Obama delivered his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for President of the United States to the overflowing stadium seats. His words spoke to a brighter future for America, charting a new course of progress and hope and the promise of a better tomorrow for everyone. I am proud that it is the Democratic Party that has nominated such an inspirational and visionary leader, and I know that he is the change we need in our country today.

There was absolutely no question we saw a man ready to lead and be the President of our country.

Before that, we got to see how Barack Obama is a unifier and able to bring together people of all backgrounds and political affiliations.
Everyone from the granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower, to former Vice-President Al Gore, to numerous Army generals voiced their support of Barack Obama and his ability to take our nation in the right direction. It is time we get rid of political gamesmanship of Bush-Cheney politics and replace it with statesmanship and working together for the common good. Tonight, we were able to see that Barack Obama is the leader who will do that for our nation.

I know I am fired up and ready to go to make sure Barack Obama is elected this November. In the words of our next President--YES WE CAN!

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Day Four - Previewing Barack Obama's Speech

Tonight the entire convention moves to Mile High Stadium where Senator Obama will accept the nomination.  Around 75,000 people will be there to hear his message for change. The atmosphere is one of electricity in the air that feels very much like the "Final Four" with the Wildcats favored to win!

I understand the McCain is again attacking Obama for the enthusiasm his campaign generates.  In all my years of following politics this is the first time a candidate has been attacked for being to popular!  It's unbelievable to me.  I guess McCain feels he couldn't draw 75,000 people and is jealous.
 
I remember Sen. Obama's electrifying speech four years ago at the convention in Boston.  It was incredible.  I also remember how he came to Kentucky to energize us during the closing days of my Senate Campaign later that year.  We held a midnight rally attended by over five hundred people.

Senator Biden came to Kentucky twice that year for me. Their help was very important to my campaign, and they contributed greatly to me gaining more votes than any other Democrat in Kentucky history. Knowing the top two leaders in our country will serve us well to get things done for Kentucky.
 
Tune in tonight and I will describe the scene from the floor at Mile High!

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Day Three - Following Joe Biden's Speech

This morning during my call-in to the Jack Patty show in Lexington, a listener said they wanted to hear more "red meat" against McCain.  Well, Joe Biden delivered tonight when he accepted the nomination for Vice President!  The crowd went wild--it was truly electric. As Sen. Biden said, what McCain wants is not change, but more of the same. As President and Vice-President, Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden will bring the change and leadership our country so desperately needs.
 
Before that, former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech and helped to further unify the party with his words. I'm excited about this convention's ability to bring all Democrats together as we work to make sure we don't have another four years of failed Bush-Cheney policies.

Joe Biden's life story sounds so much like someone who could be living in Kentucky, as his brother and sister-in-law does (Louisville). As much as he served our country through his work he is a family man much more. His dedication to family is something that is very familiar to Kentuckians and someone that will be in touch with our needs.

And after all the great moments and inspirational speeches, when it couldn't get better...it DID! Barack Obama joined his runningmate, his friend, on stage in a suprise appearance. It was a moment that elevated the feeling of excitement to a new level which will carry over to the most anticipated speech of the convention.

To be continued...

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Day Three - Following Barack Obama Nomination

I was not planning on blogging again until after the convention speeches ended tonight, but I just had to pass on the incredibly exciting event that just occurred here in Denver.  As the roll call was occurring -and Governor Steve Beshear and Party Chair Jennifer Moore did a great job for Kentucky's part - Senator Hillary Clinton, speaking from the New York delegation, moved that the roll call end and that the convention nominate Barack Obama by acclamation.  We all seconded the motion and everyone in the hall voted for it. 
 
It was a very exciting moment and one of the neatest things I have been a part of in my short political career.  Every delegate, regardless of who they were supporting before, came together in unity.  The moment was not lost on any of our Kentucky deligation that we were actually taking part of an electrifying historical event.  This show of our democaracy in action makes me extremely proud to be a both a Kentuckian and and an American .  I am honored that my party was the first to have female be a legitimate candidate for the Presidency and I am equally proud that we are the first to nominate an African American.  It makes me reaize that the American Dream is still alive and available to all Americans willing to have the audacity to dream

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Day Three

The Kentucky delegation is still a buzz regarding last night's electric speech by Senator Clinton. As I wrote from the floor last night, she really did a spectacular job. It truly was a great moment and the hall came together with one voice. As she said, "No way, No how, no John McCain!"

Another great speech last night was delivered by Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana. His speech touched on an issue very close to home for Kentuckians, especially those from the east: energy independence. We must move away from sending our money, and troops, to countries that do not like us because we have to get their oil. If we invest some of the money used in Iraq into alternative energy, especially coal - to - liquids, we can reach the goal of energy independence.

We've also been talking about a story that is in many papers throughout the country today regarding Senator Kennedy's speech from Monday night. Turns out he left a Colorado hospital suffering a bout with kidney stones, came to the hall, gave the speech, and went back to the hospital. As a physician, I know that is really painful. I can't imagine a healthy 20 year old managing that, much less someone 78 years old. You really have to admire his courage and commitment.

Shortly, I will be leading the bike ride with our delegates to highlight Humana's "freewheelin" program. They brought 1,000 bikes to Denver for people to use while they are here. This program is currently up and running in Louisville. People can pick up the bike at designated areas around town and then just return them to any other "freewheelin" distribution point. It's really a neat idea, saves gas, and gets us all outdoors and active.

Tonight, we will hear from President Cllinton and Joe Biden, the next Vice - President of the United States. President Cllinton was a great leader for America. After the last 8 years it is hard to beleive, but he left office in 2000 with a record budget surplus. Now, we have a record budget deficit--look how far we've fallen. This morning I was on the Jack Patty show in Lexington and a caller asked why we haven't heard any "red meat"
about the Republicans yet. I don't know for sure, but I bet he won't be asking that after Senator Biden gets through!

Joe Biden came to Kentucky twice in 2004 to help in my US Senate race.. Another important connection we have with Joe Biden is that his brother lives in Louisville and his sister in law is from Owenboro. These relationships will serve us well in the future.

I will talk to everyone again tonight from the floor after the speeches. Hope everyone is well back home.

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Day Two - Following Senator Hillary Clinton's Speech

Sen. Clinton just finished her remarks and, as I suspected, she did a GREAT job bringing us all together. Now, united, we can move forward with this historic campaign. It really is about change vs. more of the same of the Bush/Cheney administration's failed policies. Senator Clinton ran a great campaign for President and with her and Senator Obama working together I know our country can once again be a shinning beacon of hope for not only Americans but also for people around the world.

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Day Two

Day two of the convention is here and all of us are looking forward to
tonight. Governor and Ms. Beshear arrive today and we are excited about them leading our delegation. Tonight we will be hearing speeches from Senator Hillary Clinton and former Virginia Governor (and future US Senator) Mark Warner. Mark Warner is going to become the second US Senator from a formerly red state, turning blue, Virginia. Kentucky and Virginia have many traits in common. Their recent successes are a true road map for Kentucky Democrats to follow.

The big news will of course be Senator Clinton's address. I know she will do a great job tonight uniting the Democrats. We WILL come out of this convention united. Barack Obama will bring the change we so desperately need and we simply can't afford a third term of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

This afternoon I have the opportunity to meet with other Democrats who are trying to reform our broken health care system. I really enjoy that aspect of these gatherings and like to hear what others are trying out. Hopefully I will get some good ideas that can be useful back home.

Tomorrow afternoon, I am leading our delegation on a bike ride. Humana is sponsoring a "free-wheelin" program which has donated 1,000 bicycles for use by convention delegates while in Denver. This Kentucky based company is using its clout to make Denver the "greenest" convention of all time. It is a great intersection of two of my biggest passions - health care and outdoor recreation.

I will blog again from the floor this evening.

Daniel

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Day One

We arrived Saturday morning so we could do some research on Colorado's ATV trails. They seen to be at a similar level of development as we are however they are less organized and don't have a master plan for developing trails. They seemed very envious that Kentucky has a statewide Adventure Tourism initiative. We also drove to the NRA Whittington Center, a 32,000 acre shooting and hunting preserve in Raton, New Mexico that receives 170,000 visitors a year. Such a place could be a great fit for Eastern Kentucky as we work to make Kentucky a world-class Adventure Tourism destination.

Convention activities are just beginning as delegates get instructions. Most of the activities are taking place in the Pepsi Center, home of the NBA Denver Nuggets. Barack Obama's acceptance speech will be Thursday night in the Invesco Mile High Stadium, holding 80,000. The first time since John F Kennedy's acceptance speech to be held outdoors.

There has been some protesters but much fewer than expected. Otherwise things are very orderly and well organized.

Will report from the convention floor tomorrow again tomorrow and as events happen.

Thanks
Daniel

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