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Speaker Pérez address Democratic National Convention

September 5, 2012 |  4:52 pm

Perez in chamber

California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez had his turn on stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, urging the party to fight for equal opportunity for Americans.

"That is the spirit of our party, and the guiding principle of our president," he said. "This election is our opportunity to rededicate ourselves to that commitment."

Pérez said President Obama has protected the jobs of autoworkers and lowered the cost of college. He also said Democrats would fight workplace discrimination when it comes to women, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender employees.

"Opportunity is what our president fights for," Pérez said. "And in 61 days, opportunity is why President Obama will win a second term."

Last week ended in disappointment for Pérez when his signature proposal -- changing corporate taxes to cut college costs -- stalled at the last minute. But this week he's getting his share of the spotlight in Charlotte, N.C., as one of several California politicians speaking at the national convention.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is scheduled to speak later on Wednesday.


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-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento


Photo: Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) speaking in the Capitol last month. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press