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Lawmakers' Advice to Obama on Speech Night


President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he arrives at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Yeah, yeah we know, President Obama barely speaks with most members of Congress let alone takes advice from them, but that didn't stop the Alley from asking the lawmakers we ran into in Charlotte what the president should say tonight.

  • Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Obama should say something along the lines of, "When I deal with facts, I tell the truth. My opponents don't think they should. I think they should. ... I honor our troops. Republicans didn't even mention it."

He continued: "Can you imagine if Obama had done that? Rush Limbaugh would have had a special on it for two weeks."

  • Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia: "We start with the word chutzpah. Let me get this straight: [The Republican] argument is, '[Democrats] are not cleaning up our mess fast enough?' He (is) ... going to bring this one home, reminding the public of that outrageous claim."

  • Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland: "Do we really want to go back to failed policies? ... Americans continue to move forward."

  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island: "Republicans left an opening by saying things that are so provably untrue it gives him the opportunity to correct the record. If they're going to make stuff up to sell it, you might want to take a second look before you buy it."

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