Day Four

Barack Obama's acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination falls on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, 1963. Eleanor Holmes Norton witnessed that history as a young attorney working in the civil rights movement, and today she's in Denver to see the first African-American to be nominated as a presidential candidate from a major political party. She recalled that day with Here and Now Host Robin Young.

Robin also spoke today with ABC News Senior Political Reporter Rick Klein about what he expects to hear in Barak Obama’s address tonight.

She spoke with We speak with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink about protests around the Democratic convention this week in Denver.

The youngest “super delegate” at the convention is 21-year old Jason Rae of Wisconsin. He told Robin that healthcare is a major issue for young voters.

Fifty states are represented at the Democratic National Convention. But the world is watching too. Barack Obama’s candidacy has drawn international interest in a different type of candidate. On Point Host Tom Ashbrook spent an hour with journalists from around the world gathered in Denver to examine how the world sees Obama and America’s global challenge now.

Tonight at 7, Tom looks forward to the wild conclusion of the Democratic convention at Invesco Field.

However it seems to the delegates, the political conventions are seen by most others as one big televison show. How did the Democratic convention work as TV? Mary McNamara, the television critic for the Los Angeles Times, breaks it down.

This program aired on August 28, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.


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