President Obama Swings for the Fences and Fence-Straddlers

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Last night in Charlotte, President Barack Obama made his plea for a second term with a tone of humility. "I'm no longer just a candidate. I'm the President." The speech lacked the soaring rhetoric of candidate Obama in 2008. Instead, it was grounded in the prose of reality – what's been accomplished, what remains to be done. Nor did Obama match the impassioned, folksy delivery of Bill Clinton from the night before, but he did paint a definitive choice for voters, outlining the stark differences between the Democrats and the Republicans. Did he manage to persuade those important swing voters to give him more time?

 

 

To the Point has been broadcasting live from the Democratic convention all week. You can find extended interviews, pictures and more at KCRW.org/election2012.

Credits

Guests:
James Fallows - Atlantic - @JamesFallows, Dan Schnur - USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll - @danschnur, Peter Goodman - New York Times / International Business Times - @petersgoodman

Host:
Judy Muller

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis