DNC Day 1: Auto Bailout Sparks Debate

CHARLOTTE (WIFR) -- The latest national party convention in U.S. history finally got underway Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. And probably the most anticipated speech on the DNC's first day was delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama.

"We learned about gratitude and humility. That so many people had a hand in our success. From the teachers who inspired us, to the janitors who kept our schools clean. And we were taught to value everyones contribution and treat everyone with respect," Mrs. Obama said.

Governor Pat Quinn also took the stage Tuesday night. He called out GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan for his speech during the Republican National Convention, when he referred to the Janesville General Motors plant closing under President Obama, when in fact it closed under President George W. Bush in December 2008.

Here's a fact Congressman Ryan: When President Obama took office in January 2009, the Chrysler Plant in Belvidere, Illinois, employed just 200 people. Today, because President Obama saved the auto industry, that same Chrysler Plant is employing more than 4,000 American workers, Quinn said.

Meantime, Ryan continued his argument on CBS This Morning, saying the president failed to make good on a campaign promise four years ago to save the GM plant.

"Well, General Motors isn't alive where I come from in Janesville. And the point I was making about GM is that the president said that he'd lead an effort to retool the GM plant, get people back to work. That didn't happen," Ryan said.

Back on the convention floor, local delegates spent the day hearing from various speakers. Mary Tuite of Rockford says she enjoyed learning more about the president's stance on women's' issues.

''Planned parenthood and healthcare for women and the importance that President Obama supports women across the board, you know elements of education, health care, equal pay," Tuitie said.

23 News will have full coverage of the Democratic National Convention all this week on 23 News at 5, 6, and The Update at Ten. Also, online at WIFR.COM and on Facebook and Twitter.

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