PHILADELPHIA (WNCN) – The North Carolina delegation has plenty to say about Hillary Clinton’s historic acceptance speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention.
All of the delegates who spoke with CBS North Carolina this week have had a variety of different reasons for why they support Clinton – education, economic policy, international affairs, and more.
One common thread among delegates is that they want to hear Clinton talk about uniting the country.
President Obama spoke Wednesday night and was joined by Clinton for a short time at the end of the night. Tonight, though, is Clinton’s turn to talk to the country and the world.
Onslow County delegate Gloria Goodwin said Obama passed the torch to Clinton in his speech last night.
“She does not have to walk in the shadows of President Obama. He’s already dropped the mic and already extended the torch,” she said.
Mark Jewell, a delegate from Guilford County has high expectations for the speech.
“We expect to hear her say how she believes in America. She believes in a positive path forward. She believes that public education is an opportunity for all,” he said.
The history of the moment is not lost on the delegates.
“She not only shattered the glass ceiling, it’s now a chandelier…we’re riding it forward in the 21st century.
The delegates also said there are more than three months until the election and even after Clinton’s address, there’s much more work to be done, especially in a battleground state like North Carolina.
“Our job now is to nominate, to get people out to vote and to get Hillary Clinton elected for our first female president of the United States of America,” said Kennis Wilkins, a Martin County delegate.
Also tonight, two North Carolinians will take the stage as Rev. William Barber, the president of the North Carolina NAACP, and Dave Wils, an eighth grade social studies teacher from Greensboro.