Obama supporters rally

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By Vince Luecke

Democrats applaud their presidential nominee; Boerste says Biden VP choice will excite Hoosiers

PERRY COUNTY - Local Democrats rallied around their presidential nominee last week, cheering Sen. Barack Obama Thursday night as he accepted his party's nomination and beginning a two-month countdown to the Nov. 4 election.

Capers restaurant in Tell City was the place to be for Obama supporters Thursday as the Illinois senator spoke before 80,000 people in Denver's Mile High Stadium. Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing, also a Democrat, said Obama and his choice for vice president, Sen. Joe Biden, represent the change America needs.

Ewing said she was impressed with speeches by Sen. Hillary Clinton, who challenged Obama for the nomination and a Monday-night address by Michelle Obama, who spoke about her husband.

'she spoke from her heart and I could imagine her sitting in my living room sharing those same thoughts person-to-person," Ewing said.

Also speaking at Capers Thursday was Ian Martinez, an Obama organizer who rallied the group of more than 70 people with stories of Americans he met while serving as an Obama volunteer in several states.

Boerste Joins Democratic National Committee

Attending his sixth consecutive Democratic nominating convention was Dean Boerste of Tell City. Long active in party circles, Boerste was an at-large state delegate for Hillary Clinton. The New York senator, who ran a neck-and-neck race against Obama for the nomination, released her delegates last week so they could vote for Obama.

Speaking from Denver Thursday afternoon, Boerste said he was impressed with speeches Clinton and former President Bill Clinton presented and their calls for unity.

"I thought they both did a great job," Boerste said. "Hillary had a meeting with her delegates and asked them to give support to Obama."

Boerste called Biden a "tremendous selection" as vice president and predicted Hoosier voters will connect with the Delaware senator's support of middle-class Americans.

"You look at his life story and you see someone who's a champion for working-class people," he said.

Members of the Indiana delegation were disappointed Sen. Evan Bayh wasn't selected as Obama's running mate but Boerste said Biden will rally Democrats across the nation.

Boerste was elected to a four-year term on the Democratic National Committee, becoming just one of five people from the state to serve on the party's governing body.

Republicans open their convention today in Minneapolis-St. Paul and will nominate Sen. John McCain of Arizona as their candidate for president.

On Friday, McCain announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.