CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver delivered a very passionate speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. Cleaver spoke about the need for people to see past their differences and try to work together peacefully.
"In my fifth congressional district of Missouri, Republicans and Democrats tell me they would like to look at their political leaders and see more warm hearts and fewer hot heads, more facts and fewer falsehoods-many of us want the same thing," Cleaver said. While I greatly respect my Republican colleagues and their ideas, I am proud to be a member of this great party."
He was very enthusiastic about being a part of the Democratic Party.
"If being liberal and progressive means that I care for children and whether they go hungry, color me liberal," he said. "Color me Democrat! If being a Democrat means that I'm concerned about seniors in our sunset of life, color me Democrat, color me liberal."
Cleaver also spoke about some of the accomplishments of the Democratic party.
"We are the ones who protected Medicare and Medicaid, who fought for fair wages, and who ended don't ask don't tell. We are the party that is deeply committed to diversity. We consider every individual a valuable asset to our democracy. This is a great nation. We may be a nation of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, but first and foremost we are all human beings and Americans. We are driven by hope."
Former President Bill Clinton will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Wednesday night.