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I was concerned with adding to this blog today (Wednesday) as the morning was relatively quiet, with some follow-up caucuses and business sessions taking place.

But the afternoon and evening’s array of addresses blew me away. As a former member of Toastmasters, I thought that President Clinton’s concluding speech was one of the finest examples of oratory that I have witnessed. I plan to get a DVD of that.

As I did not view much of the Republican convention I cannot compare performances, but there were probably a dozen short speeches Wednesday night that impressed me greatly.

Personally, I would single out the talk by Jim Sinegal, CEO and co-founder of Costco, who praised Obama’s record for supporting new, small businesses, and the talk by Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, who discussed the effects of the Paul Ryan budget on financially struggling families.

NETWORK is the organization of Catholic Sisters, formed in 1971 to promote economic and social justice, that recently sponsored the “Nuns on the Bus” multi-state bus tour that received so much publicity.

A highlight for the Montana delegation was to watch our own Denise Juneau, superintendent of public instruction, address the Convention on Wednesday evening on education needs. Denise received a great ovation from the crowd and did the state proud as our representative on the national stage.

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