Battleground Delegates

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Props manager Joshua Psuik prepares state standards for the Michigan delegation on the floor of the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Denver, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
State standards for the Michigan delegation are prepared on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

There’s a reason Barack Obama was sitting in a living room in Kansas City last night. A reason Obama is winding through Iowa, Missouri, and Montana on his way to Denver. A reason he’ll end up in Colorado. These are all battleground states.

Tonight, former Virginia Governor and now Senate candidate Mark Warner will deliver the convention’s keynote address. And Hillary Clinton will deliver her much-anticipated speech. We will look in this hour at the Hillary Clinton story.

But first, we’re going to battleground states, stories from across the country — including right here in Colorado — where Barack Obama needs to turn red states blue. Can he do it? Tonight we sit down in the convention hall with delegates from the critical front lines.

This hour, On Point: We’re live from Denver, with delegates from the real battlegrounds.

You can join the conversation. Are you from a battleground state? A state on the fence that Barack Obama needs to take? What’s the word on the street? How’s it looking for Obama? For McCain? What are the issues most important to you? And whether it’s borderline states or voters, what does Obama need to do to win?Guests:

Colorado delegate Crisanta Duran. A sixth-generation Coloradan, and Latina, she’s a 27 year-old attorney and president of Colorado Young Democrats.

North Carolina delegate Brad Thompson. He's a third-time delegate from Raleigh, North Carolina, 60 years old, married with four children, and African American. He runs an advocacy agency for non-profits.

Michigan delegate David Hecker. A thrid-time delegate from Huntington Woods, Michigan, he’s 55 years old, married with three children, and president of the American Federation of Teachers in Michigan. He was a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Virginia delegate Carlos Del Toro. Born in Cuba and raised in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, he's a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and had a 26-year career in the Navy including combat experience during the Persian Gulf War. He served in the Clinton White house as a White House Fellow in 1998, and served in the Virginia House of Delegates. Married with children, he is now CEO of SBG Technology Solutions.

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for Time magazine since 2001, she has also covered the White House and Congress for the magazine. She writes for's Swampland blog. She co-reported Time's piece "How Healed Is Hillary?," posted today.

Matt Bai, political writer for The New York Times Magazine and author of "The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics." You can read an excerpt here.

This program aired on August 26, 2008.


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