Rep. Jim Clyburn to speak at 8:30 tonight


CHARLOTTE — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn will address the Democratic National Convention at 8:30 tonight and is so far the only South Carolinian set to do so.

Clyburn said Monday he will use his approximately six-minute-time slot to talk about how President Barack Obama has kept faith with the American people, particularly by withdrawing troops for Iraq, hunting down Osama bin Laden and reforming health care.

Clyburn said Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was trying to be modest when he commented on TV that Americans aren’t better off than four years ago. O’Malley also said that’s not the big question for this election.

Clyburn noted the U.S. economy was on the verge of collapse in September 2008, but it has since seen 29 consecutive months of job growth.

“For anybody to look at where we are today and look at where we were four years ago this month and not say we are not better off, they are just smoking something,” Clyburn said.

Clyburn — a loyal Obama ally and the only Democrat on South Carolina’s congressional delegation — represents the state’s 6th district, which stretches from Columbia to Charleston and includes many struggling rural counties along Interstate 95.

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