CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Now that the Democratic National Convention is over, the campaign for the presidency begins in earnest. The two-month push to the election is fully underway.
Delegates took in a lot during their three days in Charlotte. They heard from Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin and Gwen Moore, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. Delegates say the message they're leaving with is that the country is making progress.
"I'm just so touched. This was one of the best conventions I've ever attended. I just feel personal that it's my job to help him get re-elected," Delegate Stephanie Findley of Milwaukee said.
19-year-old Zack Henderson is a Marquette University political science major. The DNC was his first convention and opportunity to get a real-life lesson in politics.
"I came into this not really knowing what I was getting myself into, not knowing what I was going to be doing. I knew it was going to be a fun experience and I had no clue what even to expect," Henderson said.
The main responsibility for the delegates was to represent voters in the Democratic primary by casting ballots to nominate the president, which Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate did early Thursday morning.
Former Governor Jim Doyle says after listening to the most important voices in the party, the Wisconsin delegation leaves Charlotte with one key message.
"We can't go back to what got us into this mess and this president has worked so hard against some formidable opposition to get the country moving back in the right direction. It now is moving in the right direction and we have to keep it going," Doyle said.
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