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Napolitano's Big Day Jitters
By Jonathan Weisman
DENVER -- The Democratic Convention may have united last night behind the ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, but that doesn't mean Democratic leaders have gotten over their jitters -- for tonight and beyond.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said this morning that expectations are so high, and the kibitzing so picky, there's no way not to be nervous about the Democratic nominee's performance tonight at Invesco Field.
"I worry that no speech ever written will ever meet these standards," the governor said, citing the "wonderful Catch 22 of criticism" that has greeted every speech so far. Michelle Obama, for instance, laid out her own biography and that of her husband, but was criticized for not discussing what her husband would do as president. Hillary Clinton threw her support to Obama, but was criticized for not repudiating one advertisement from the primary campaign, Napolitano said.
"I worry about that," she said.
Beyond tonight, Napolitano said Obama needs to simplify his message and hammer it home, over and over and over. The economy, energy independence, ending the Iraq war and improving health care should be the only themes of the rest of the campaign she said.
"Keep pounding that and pounding that and pounding that," she said.
Posted at 1:07 PM ET on Aug 28, 2008
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