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Dem, GOP Voters React to Clinton's Speech to DNC

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Greg Anthony before giving his endorsement of Mitt Romney. Greg Anthony before giving his endorsement of Mitt Romney.
Protesters outside Rancho High School, where Greg Anthony gave his endorsement of Mitt Romney for president. Protesters outside Rancho High School, where Greg Anthony gave his endorsement of Mitt Romney for president.

LAS VEGAS -- Democrats and Republicans alike are reacting to Wednesday's address by former President Bill Clinton.

Thursday night President Barack Obama must convince the American people to give him a second term.

Political conventions are well-choreographed and well-planned, with only a few surprises, unlike the gatherings of decades past.

But voters are listening to what's being said in Charlotte, N.C., where the Democratic National Convention is being held.

"I, like a lot of other people, drank the kool-aid, if you will, into thinking that President Obama was going to be a different kind of politician," said Greg Anthony, who was part of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels 1990 NCAA championship team and a former NBA player.

He said he voted in 2008 for Obama but this election will cast his ballot for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Anthony visited his alma mater, Rancho High School, to announce his endorsement of Romney. Of Clinton's speech to the Democratic National Convention, Anthony said:

"Probably the greatest orator of our generation, in terms of a politician, and I have the utmost respect for President Clinton, but unfortunately, President Obama is not President Clinton. President Clinton after the '94 election, where the House Republicans lambasted him, he moved to the center."

Anthony said he believes the Democratic Party has been taken over by the far left.

But outside Rancho High School, members of the Democratic Party gathered.

"The fundamental choice in this election is whether we do what President Obama wants to do, which is move our country forward, or take us back, which is where Mitt Romney wants to take us," Nevada State Democratic Party spokesman Zach Hudson said.

Democrats said they are confident in President Obama's message Thursday evening.

"Tonight, definitely want to hear what's going to be done for our economy and jobs, but more than that, I want our country to become united again, " said Astrid Silva, of Dream Big Vegas, a group promoting the proposed immigration reform Dream Act.

And republicans who plan to watch will listen, but said they doubt their minds will be changed.

"With all due respect to the president, he's had his chance," said Kyle Stephens, a Romney supporter. "It's time to move on."

Last week, 8 News NOW attended a watch party of the Republican National Convention, which was staged in Tampa, Fla.

On Thursday, 8 News NOW will be live from a Democratic watch party in a special one-hour edition at 6 p.m.

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