Democratic Governors Rip GOP, Back Obama

By: - August 27, 2008 12:00 am

Democratic governors backing the presidential candidacy of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois used jokes, statistics and even good old audience participation to fire up the party faithful in Denver Tuesday.

Ten current governors addressed the Democrats’ convention. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) put on a show between the keynote address of former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and the closing speech from U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York. Schweitzer, wearing his familiar blue jeans and bolo tie, bounced back and forth at the rostrum while he mixed talk of energy policy with call-and-response with the crowd.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius made fun of presumptive Republican presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, for owning seven homes. “I’m sure you remember a girl from Kansas who said there’s no place like home. Well, in John McCain’s version, there’s no place like home. And a home. And home. And home,” she said.

In another venue, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine used a Daily Show appearance to joke about the thoroughness of the vice presidential vetting process. And Kaine gave host Jon Stewart a campaign button depicting Kaine’s signature arched eyebrow.

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