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Conventions 2012 / CONVENTIONS 2012

Highlights From Thursday's National Journal Events—PICTURES

photo of Cory Bennett
September 6, 2012

National Journal wrapped up its week of live events at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday morning with "View from the Top: A Conversation with Campaign Managers and Senior Strategists."

The panel of Democrats spoke positively of the convention to this point. All agreed that President Obama had struggled thus far to generate the type of enthusiasm he needed from his base. Instead, he has participated in an expensive "food fight" thus far, said Laura Quinn, CEO of Catalist. If Coke and Pepsi spent all their money on ads saying the other drink was poison, she asked, would anyone want to drink any soda ever again?

But Bill Clinton's speech and the positive presentation of "Obamacare" and progressive social issue stances has helped frame the Democrats platform in a more appealing light to a broader audience, the panel agreed. 

(Check out highlight's from Wednesday's events)

Peter Hart (from left), chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates; Laura Quinn, CEO of Catalist; Maria Echaveste, partner at NVG; and Stanley Greenberg, chairman and CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, participate in National Journal, The Atlantic, and CBS News' Daily Briefing in Charlotte on Thursday.(Liz Lynch)

(From left) Bob Schieffer, CBS News' chief Washington correspondent, James Bennet, The Atlantic editor in chief, and Ronald Brownstein, National Journal editorial director, moderate the Daily Briefing in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 6.(Liz Lynch)

James Bennet says he is noticing Democrats becoming more assertive at this convention about pushing progressive stances on social issues.(Liz Lynch)


Bob Schieffer says Obama is pulling ahead in this election.(Liz Lynch)

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