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Ohio delegates offer ideas to Obama
What should Mr. Obama mention in his acceptance speech?
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI
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Ruby Gilliam of Minerva has attended seven presidential conventions.
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Ohio Democrats have no shortage of ideas on what President Obama should talk about in tonight’s acceptance speech.  It might well be his most important speech of the campaign. Some delegates at the Democratic National Convention are disappointed that he has not been more forceful with Congressional Republicans in his first term, though they prefer not to say that on the record.  And they are more than ready to work for his reelection.  From Charlotte, WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports.

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It’s a diverse group of Ohio Democrats in Charlotte.  Of 191 delegates and alternates, fewer than 75 are non-Hispanic, white men.

 We asked the oldest -- age 89 -- the youngest, age 19, and a few delegates in between what the president should say.  First, the oldest delegate: 89-year-old Ruby Gilliam has several ideas depending on her whether she was speaking as a Navy vet, a woman, or a senior citizen.  Most suggested talking about the economy but foreign relations, education, energy, keeping Asian carp out of Lake Erie, and smart electric grids came up. 

We heard from Mason Shihab of Delaware County, Louise Buchanan of Cleveland Hts, John Lyall of Cleveland, Kathleen Clyde of Kent, Leslie Buchanan of Springfield, Neil Patel of Worthington, Jake Young of Rocky River, Kevin Bloomfield of Columbus, Patrice Beard of The Plains, Ed Goode of Shadyside, and Ruby Gilliam of Minerva. 

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