All eyes are focussed on Denver, Colorado, as the Democratic Party launches its four-day national convention today. The highlight on Thursday will be the formal acceptance speech by Barack Obama of his party’s nomination for the US presidency. If elected to the White House in November, Obama would be the first black US president.
Not all Democratic supporters are happy with his position on the Iraq war which he originally opposed. Some see a softening on the timing of a US troop withdrawal.
Vietnam war veteran Ron Kovic wants Obama to stick to his earlier stance, firmly opposing the Iraq war.
“Senator Obama took a very strong position against the war in the beginning. We would like him to remain opposed to the war and continue to speak on behalf of bringing back the troops immediately,” he said.
Most national opinion polls put Obama and his Republican Party opponent John McCain neck and neck in the race for the White House.
Republicans have tried to fan the flames of a possible feud between Obama and his fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton whom he beat in the hard-fought primary elections. McCain has launched a television ad featuring a series of Clinton’s criticisms of Obama, in the hope of damaging his image.