DNC delegates talk Wisconsin's role in Philadelphia

Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, walks onto the stage Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where the convention is scheduled to convene on Monday. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

(WLUK) -- Two Wisconsin Democrats are planning to take the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, seven Wisconsin Republicans delivered speeches.

But with both sides targeting Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes in November, Democrats expect Wisconsin will see the spotlight in Philadelphia even if it’s not through big name speakers.

'We don’t have as many big names in office currently in Wisconsin which is one of the things we’re hoping to change," said delegate Eric Reimer of Green Bay. "I see our role as a basic Midwesterner role.”

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Delegate Mark Waltman of Appleton says he expects the Wisconsin delegation will get visits from many prominent Democrats, to motivate delegates to work hard before November’s election.

“Even though at the convention, Wisconsin won’t play as prominent of a role because of its leadership, I think we’ll play a major role because it’s so important to the Clinton campaign that we win this election," said Waltman.

Convention organizers say Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee will speak, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin says she’ll speak along with other Democratic female senators.

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“As all of us have been very strong supporters of Secretary Clinton, we’re going to be talking about our work over the years with her and why we think she’s going to make an outstanding president and Commander in Chief," said Baldwin.

Brown County Republicans have another view.

“As far as their convention, it’s going to be a coronation for Hillary Clinton. If you want to watch a coronation, go ahead. It’s not our interest," said Marian Krumberger, Republican Party of Brown County Chair.

She says Wisconsin Republicans got a boost from hearing state leaders at the GOP Convention, like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker.

“Our governor coming out strong," said Krumberger. "He will be a big leader and help us bring home and win a big win for Donald Trump.”

For Democrats, Reimer says a convention focus should be on retaining Bernie Sanders supporters, especially in Wisconsin.

“Keep them in the party so that we don’t lose that energy and that passion for the November elections and on into 2018 and 2020," said Reimer.

Sanders won Wisconsin’s Democratic primary with 57 percent of the vote.

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