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Thursday, August 28, 2008

 3:58 PM 

Youngest delegate inspired by "history making" convention

Twenty-one-year-old Jason Rae of Wisconsin is the youngest superdelegate in Denver. A senior at Marquette University, he has looked forward to the Democratic National Convention for months.

"Being here is absolutely fantastic," he said. "There is so much energy in the city, it is hard to really describe."

Like so many of the other delegates, he said he is honored to be a part of the "history making" 2008 convention. Rae said he is particularly honored to be the youngest superdelegate in attendance because he doesn't think his age is a fluke, rather an indication of what future party events will look like.

"This is a trend you're going to continue to see in coming years," he said. "Younger and younger people will be assuming roles in the party leadership."

Rae said listening to the speeches on the floor of the convention each night has been an experience he will never forget. U.S. Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden stood out to him as being the best speakers thus far.

"When Kennedy walked out onto the stage we were left speechless," he said. "Hearing Biden deliver such a passionate speech while accepting the vice presidential nomination was inspiring and made me all the more confident in the ticket."

-- By Matt Clark

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