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Voters' Views: Mary O'Neil

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.

Mary O'Neil Training manager | Democrat

I feel very optimistic about the general election

Mary O'Neil
Age: 50
Lives: Denver, Colorado
Occupation: Training manager
Last election voted:
In 10 words or less: Forward-looking, seeking balance, life-long learner, passionate volunteer

"Obama's speech was epic. The entire evening had a dramatic feel to it.

He talked directly about all the issues the Republicans think they own - abortion, gun control and patriotism.

The temperature outside was perfect and there was not a cloud in the sky - in spite of the call to pray for rain issued by the ultra-conservative group Focus on the Family.

I feel positive about the convention and very optimistic about the general election.

I truly believe we will be making history when we elect Barack Obama to be the president of the United States.

Hillary's speech was excellent, too. She was very clear in her backing for Barack.

And she made it clear to her supporters that issues are more important than personalities.

The TV media has highlighted the few remaining disgruntled Hillary supporters who don't want to give up the fight - some were positively toxic. Hopefully they will change their minds by election time. It would be terribly sad to lose a large group of Democrats.

I'm not ashamed to admit I was a little fearful about what Bill Clinton would say during his speech. But he brought home the message that the Clinton team and the Obama team are one team.

After eight years of angst, embarrassment and despair, it is such a great feeling to be hopeful again about our future."

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