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Delegates Use Convention as Their Platform

PHOTO: Taylor and Jacobs pose inside the Time Warner Cable Arena
PHOTO: Taylor and Jacobs pose inside the Time Warner Cable Arena
September 7, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's a mass exodus of delegates, media and officials from Charlotte today, after the 2012 DNC wrapped up last night with President Obama accepting his party's nomination for re-election. The Democrats used the convention to flesh out their platform, but delegates were also using the event as a platform of their own.

Kelly Jacobs wore a different patriotic-themed costume for each day of the convention and uses the attention she receives to explain how the Affordable Care Act has helped her family. Her husband has lupus.

"My husband worried a lot that he would get sick and we would lose our house. It can really devastate you and cost a lot of money, and once you exceed that lifetime cap, you can't get insurance from somebody else."

Kelly says she feels largely ignored in her conservative home town in Mississippi and is glad to have the chance to share her experience. She is one of only a handful of delegates who chose to dress up this year.

Rick Taylor, another, calls himself the "Obama Fairy," and is dressed in rainbow fairy wings. He is here to represent the LGBT perspective and is grateful for the advancements he's seen under the Obama administration.

"Obama has done more for LGBT community than anybody in the history of America. One man, one voice, turned this country, turned the whole tide in our favor."

More than 5500 delegates attended the convention from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Stephanie Carroll Carson/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - NC