By Jena Johnson
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Wark said the Democratic National Convention was a week of high energy and optimism, despite the controversy surrounding the party's debate to remove the mention of God from its platform.
"As far as the party being energized, it appears on all ends the Democratic Party Convention was twice as energetic as the Republican Party was," Wark said in a phone interview Thursday. "Most people were standing on their feet throughout President Obama's speech."
Wark said that President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination in front of what he described as a full, lively crowd in Charlotte, N.C. and asked for another four years in office.
During his acceptance speech, Obama said, "You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades."
However, a third straight disappointing monthly job report was released this morning. A national ad released by Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president of the United States states, "Here in Ohio we are not better off under president Obama.. his failed economics and trade policies with China have destroyed thousands of jobs."
Along those lines, Wark explained that Obama has a plan to help the millions of Americans that are struggling, a plan the president says will rebuild America's economy. The plan is designed to help people who have lost their jobs and are still seeking work, the county party chair said.
"Nobody wants a handout, but when you're only making 7 and a quarter an hour or can't find a job and you have a family, you don't have anything to fall back on but government programs -- food stamps and such," Wark said.
During the phone interview, Wark also touched on the controversy surrounding the Democratic Party's debate over removing the mention of God from the party's platform.
"For people to be knit picking about God being on our platform, each night prior to the start of the convention, there was a prayer said, and each night when the convention closed, there was a prayer said," Wark said.
In closing, Wark said that he hopes people who watched both party conventions will focus on how the key issues were addressed.