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Voters' Views: Jessica Ross

Barack Obama has accepted the Democratic Party's nomination to run for US president.

Here eight Democratic voters reflect on the party's convention and look forward to the general election.


Jessica Ross Student | Democrat

I was surprised at how much Michelle Obama's speech resonated with me

Jessica Ross
Age: 23
Lives: Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Student and administrative assistant
Last election voted:
Republican
In 10 words or less: Compassionate, spontaneous, opinionated, patient, idealistic, Christian, loving, frank, objective

"Obama's speech was truly inspiring.

He was right to say we all have a personal, moral responsibility to take care of each other. As the Bible says, we should 'love our neighbours as ourselves'.

I really liked the way Obama defended himself against John McCain's attempt to paint him as a celebrity.

I was expecting some clear policy outlines from the rest of the convention. I grew a little weary of speeches encouraging us to vote for change without concrete policies.

I was surprised at how much Michelle Obama's speech resonated with me. She did an excellent job at presenting us with a very real picture of Barack Obama.

Hillary Clinton also did an excellent job. She delivered a strong speech encouraging both unity of mind and of action. Hopefully those die-hard Hillary supporters will now turn to the goal of winning back the White House.

I can't say that I care for Joe Biden too much. I didn't really connect with his speech on Wednesday - which revolved mostly around attacking John McCain.

I am excited about this historic election - but I also want it to be over.

I hate the way that both parties resort to mud-slinging campaign ads, rather than talking about how to fix the country's problems.

If you are a Hillary supporter considering either voting for McCain or not voting at all, I challenge you to re-evaluate your views. Obama and Clinton share pretty much the same political outlook."


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