South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn was bumped from his scheduled time slot to speak at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night after several other speakers ran long. However, he is now scheduled to speak at roughly 8:30 on Thursday night— less than two hours before President Obama will accept the nomination.
Clyburn said he gave up his slot to make sure that First Lady Michelle Obama would be able to speak during the TV network’s primetime hour. “They did not build enough time for (applause),” he said Wednesday, “I’m all about re-electing the president. I believe in this president and I believe in this party. I don’t have to speak at all; I’ve done enough speeches in my life.”
Instead, he spoke to the South Carolina delegation at their breakfast meeting Wednesday. He called on Democrats to be proud of the president’s economic record, insisting that the country was on a state of economic collapse before Obama won election.
Clyburn said Republicans have intimidated Democrats from talking about the economy’s improvement. “We have allowed ourselves to be bullied,” he preached, to applause from the delegation, “We’ve allowed ourselves to be buffaloed. We’ve allowed them to tell us that we can’t talk about that.”
Clyburn is the lone Democrat to represent South Carolina in Congress.