Denver: Voters pose questions for Democrats’ town hall
Vail, CO Colorado
DENVER, Colorado ” Kelly Gottschalk stood on busy downtown corner, collecting her thoughts after a cameraman wearing an Obama sticker asked what she’d like to know from national Democratic leaders.
“What are your plans to fix the economy we’re in?” said Gottschalk, a Denver investment banker. “I don’t see any hope.”
She was among more than a dozen people who videotaped questions Tuesday as Democrats gathered material for town hall-style segments for their nominating convention in Denver starting Aug. 25.
Democrats also taped questions Tuesday in Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Philadelphia; Raleigh, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; and Tampa ” all in potential swing states in Barack Obama’s campaign battle with Republican John McCain.
At Tommy’s Diner in Columbus, social worker David Baxter wanted to know when the country was going to put the same effort into developing alternative energy as it put into the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb.
“When are we going to start on this?” Baxter said. “It’s way past time.”
The segments, dubbed “American’s Town Hall,” will air the first three nights of the convention.
The Democratic National Convention Committee says it’s a way to “throw open the doors.”
“We want to make sure we’re addressing what’s on people’s minds,” committee spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth said. “We’re looking to technology to do that.”
The committee says national policy experts and convention speakers will answer the questions.
Associated Press Writer Stephen Majors in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.