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September 5, 2012

DNC 2012 Day One: Our Favorite Speeches

We've been live tweeting both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, but there were so many awesome speeches given last night to open the DNC that we had to also do a post to share some of our favorites.

After only one day the contrast between the RNC and the DNC is already so clear - the crowd at the DNC is SO much more diverse, the energy is much more positive, and the speeches are full of more specifics about the Democratic Party and candidates and issues rather than just endless lies and attacks on the opposition. And while the Republican convention offered nothing but empty pandering to women -  best exemplified by Ann Romney literally yelling out "I LOVE WOMEEEEEEEN!!!!" in full Oprah style in the middle of her speech - the Democrats repeatedly addressed specific women's issues like equal pay, reproductive rights, and access to health care. (As Gov. Deval Patrick said in his speech, "We Democrats, we owe America more than a strong argument for what we are against. We need to be just as strong about what it is we are for." We were also really happy to see the Democrats finally fully embracing and fighting for marriage equality.

Okay, enough from us. Here are a few of our favorite speeches from last night:

Newark Mayor Cory Booker:

Lilly Ledbetter (I didn't see Lilly or hear a single reference to equal pay for women at the RNC, did you?):

Tammy Duckworth:

Kal Penn (#sexyface):

NARAL President Nancy Keenan:

Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic women of the House:

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland:

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick:

Keynote Address: Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio:

And finally, the fierce and flawless FLOTUS Michelle Obama:

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