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The DNC opens today in Charlotte, North Carolina. With so many people still hurting, what can the President do to bring disappointed voters back to the fold? Also, the new anti-Obama movie that's drawing crowds.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Caitlin Shamberg
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis
Evan George
Saul Gonzalez

Main Topic The Democrats Get Down to Business 45 MIN, 33 SEC

convention.jpgMitt Romney has taken heat for not being specific about proposals for turning the country around. Now it's the President's turn. Barack Obama has not laid out a specific second-term agenda, and Democrats have fumbled the ball when Paul Ryan asks, “Are you better off than four years ago?" With so many people still hurting, it's hard to run on the record. What can the President do to bring disappointed voters back into the fold? On Day One in Charlotte, we hear from reporters, Democrats and conservative columnist David Brooks of the New York Times. We also look at the Democrats' focus on the Latino vote, including tonight's Keynote Address and efforts at mobilization.  (We also heard KCRW's Saul Gonzalez speaking with Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.)

To the Point is broadcasting live from the Democratic convention all week. You can find all our coverage at KCRW.org/election2012.

DNC image: Chris Keane/Reuters

Guests:
David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)
Michael Scherer, Time Magazine (@michaelscherer)
David Brooks, New York Times (@nytdavidbrooks)
Ed Kilgore, Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)
Chris Lehane, Next Gen Climate (@chrislehane)
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News (@WayneSlater)
Hector Sanchez, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (@Hesanche)

Reporter's Notebook Anti-Obama Movie Draws Crowds 38 MIN, 32 SEC

Is it a documentary or a feature-length attack ad?  The new film 2016: Obama's America has already grossed more than $20 million. Ted Johnson covers the intersection of politics and entertainment for the show business publication Variety.

 

Guests:
Ted Johnson, Variety (@tedstew )

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