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Wanting Denver all over again


Say the name of the city around Democrats in Charlotte this week and they know exactly what you mean. An historic moment – a big crowd in a big football stadium who heard from the first African-American man nominated to run for president.

Many Democrats who traveled to Charlotte, regardless of whether they had a ticket to any of the speeches, caucus meetings or parties, wanted to experience “Denver” again.

“I was in Denver – I experienced it in Denver,” said Wellyn Collins. “I was in the stadium in Denver. And I wanted to have that same experience this time.”

With tears in her eyes, Collins recalled: “It was electrifying, being people who think like me, who were acting like me, just hearing him speak,” she said. “Hearing our first African-American president and speak and talk about the subjects that I was interested in and what I wanted for my children and grandchildren.”

“I think it can happen again,” she added. “We’ve come a long way. We have a responsibility to follow up on our past.”

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.



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