Mayor Rybak rallies for Obama at DNC

Rybak preceded keynote speaker San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

by Linda Yang

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak spoke Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Delegates cheered as a parade of speakers extolled President Barack Obama’s support for abortion rights and gay marriage, for consumer protections enacted under his signature health care law and for the auto industry bailout he won from Congress in his first year in office.

Appointed as a chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rybak highlighted the accomplishments of Obama to fellow Democrats. He reminded delegates about Obama’s help in aiding Minnesota, along with multiple other states across the nation, in fixing their bridges and infrastructures.

Rybak also touted Obama’s successes in getting troops out of Iraq, giving “thousands of more college students” the ability to pay for school, his bold action to save the auto company and the creation of 1  million more jobs given to Americans in the auto industry.

Rybak closed his speech with a quote from the former Minneapolis mayor and vice president of the United States:

 In America, “Where every person, in the words of that great Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey, can walk out of the shadows and into the great sunlight of equal rights.”

Rybak said he had always been proud of Obama but was “much more proud today.”

But Rybak was not the only Democratic mayor to speak at the convention Tuesday night. Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, spoke alongside other Democratic politicians from around the nation.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who accepted his party’s formal nomination Aug. 31.

– The Associated Press
contributed to this report.