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As they watch the political stagecraft, there may be only one thing all Americans can agree on: Deep concern over the struggling American economy that has made only a halting recovery from the Great Recession and near meltdown of the U.S. financial sector just before the nation’s first African-American president took office 3 1/2 years ago.

Through the course of the Democratic National Convention this week, Obama and his party will be fighting Romney’s argument that the president has failed and will only lead the country deeper into debt and economic despair. That was the Republican theme at their national convention last week in Tampa, Florida.

First lady Michelle Obama’s speech Tuesday night was an early highlight of a three-day convention schedule that has drawn thousands of delegates to North Carolina, a state that Obama narrowly carried in 2008. Although Obama no longer is the fresh-faced newcomer who leveraged a short Senate career into an audacious run for the nation’s highest office, he still can excite partisans, and Democrats were counting on massive numbers to pack a stadium for his acceptance speech later on Thursday.

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