In this Sept. 5, 2012, photo, delegates pray during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The placards on display as former President Bill Clinton addressed the DNC said

 

              In this Sept. 5, 2012, photo, delegates pray during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The placards on display as former President Bill Clinton addressed the DNC said
In this Sept. 5, 2012, photo, delegates pray during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The placards on display as former President Bill Clinton addressed the DNC said, "Middle Class First." The rich also have featured in the rhetoric, albeit as a punching bag. But the poor? Not so much. They've been mentioned only fleetingly. The discrepancy makes sense, from the standpoint of campaign strategy for President Barack Obama. A large majority of Americas identify themselves as middle class, while the poor lack political clout for a host of reasons. Yet for a party that has long embraced a role as defender of the downtrodden, the rhetorical patterns are striking.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)