What The Public Wants In Obama's Speech

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Barack Obama's speech Thursday comes with sky-high expectations. Some on the streets of Denver say they want him to talk about how he'll be different from President Bush. Other say they want his foreign, domestic and economic policies spelled out.


Tonight, Barack Obama will not only be speaking to more than 70,000 people in the stadium, but also to millions of voters across the country. And we hit the streets of downtown Denver to ask people what they hope to hear tonight.

JACKIE TENENBAUM: My name is Jackie Tenenbaum. I'm from Glenwood Springs, Colorado. And I'm hoping to hear Senator Obama talk a lot about what George Bush has done for the last eight years. I think we really need to emphasize that. I think the American public is getting complacent with this campaign.

And I really think we need - he needs to show some fire and show how he'll be different and show - and all the things that they did wrong for the last eight years.

PATRICK FLINT: Patrick Flint from Fort Collins, Colorado. What I'd like to hear from Barack Obama tonight in his speech relates so much to what would be the new energy economy, how can we move forward, get off our addiction to oil, his thoughts on foreign policy, one of his supposed weaknesses, and how perhaps Joe Biden and his administration, his advisers, will look at issues like Russia, issues like Afghanistan, issues like immigration.

MARA CROWE: I'm Mara Crowe. I'm from Lakewood, Colorado. And what I hope to hear from Barack Obama is a very positive message, saying that as a country we can join together, we can do this, and we can make change and get back to the great nation we are.

CHRISTINA BIXLER: My name is Christina Bixler and I'm from Denver. And I'd to hear something other than change, you know, pro-choice, about the war, things like that; more turning into the economy, how we are today, what his foreign policy is. It seems like today, everything has just been I just want to talk about change. And I really want to know, well, what does that mean exactly?

RYAN HARMAN: Okay, I'm Ryan Harman from Baltimore, Maryland. And I really would just like for him to address some of the economic issues. This country is really in pretty bad shape after eight years of the Bush administration. It started off with a surplus and it pretty much bankrupt the nation.

QADEESHA HAMES: My name is Qadeesha Hames. I'm from Denver. And what I would like for him to say this evening is - to lay out his plan. I mean, I know what his plan is. But I'd like for him to express it for the rest of the country and make them feel the passion that I feel every morning that I wake up and know that I am an Obama supporter.

SIEGEL: People in downtown Denver today. Just a sample of expectations for Barack Obama's speech.

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