It started with the celebration of President Obama’s signature legislation of his first term, the Affordable Care Act, which gave health insurance coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans. Mitt Romney has run on a platform that includes repealing ACA as one of his first presidential acts. Stacy Lihn told the convention that if that happened, it would mean turning the clock back to a time when her daughter would be cut off from health insurance for life before her third birthday. Lihn spoke eloquently about how the law has helped her family tremendously.
Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, talked about how to create jobs through “prosperity economics,” which promotes growth, security, and democracy. “Prosperity Economics: Building an Economy for All” is an economic blueprint that ensures true growth comes from investments in everyone, not just the wealthy. Former President Bill Clinton went on to say that their platform was centered on the belief in a country “…with business and government actually working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity.”
I was extremely moved to see the first remarks ever at either convention by an undocumented immigrant. Benita Veliz spoke of being an American in every way except on paper, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez echoed the importance of the passage of the DREAM Act that would put Veliz, a holder of two college degrees, on a path toward citizenship.
The conventions give both parties a chance to remind voters exactly where they both stand on every major issue that impacts our lives. I hope that our elected officials will embrace Bill Clinton’s call to remember a time of bipartisan cooperation to get things done. As Clinton said last night, “You see, we believe that "We're all in this together" is a far better philosophy than "you are on your own."