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Obama’s Speech Lures Some Fence-Sitters as Others Await McCain

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama‘s speech last night left Janell Mader, a 32-year-old lifelong Republican, “a little overwhelmed” — and likely to vote for him in November.

“All of the concerns or questions that I had have been answered,” Mader, a homemaker from York, Pennsylvania, said of Illinois Senator Obama, 47, the Democratic presidential candidate. “John McCain‘s going to have to do something pretty incredible next week for me to be convinced that theRepublican Party deserves another four years.”

Mader was one of a dozen undecided voters from across the U.S. who discussed their impressions both before and immediately after Obama accepted his party’s nomination at Invesco Field in Denver on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention.

Some of these persuadable voters had been leaning toward Obama and others were leaning toward the Republican candidate, Arizona Senator McCain, 72. Many said they were impressed by the address. While some of the voters said the first part of Obama’s speech was short on specifics, he ultimately allayed their concerns, and most had a positive view of the convention.

At 77, Elizabeth Roszel has never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate, though she is considering backing Obama this year.

`Very Good Case’

The Democrat “has a very good case and I’m feeling very positive about him,” said Roszel, who lives in Philpot, Kentucky. “Now, I have to hear the Republicans,” who are scheduled to gather next week in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Going into the convention, Obama’s task was to convince these undecided voters that he could match his campaign’s message of change with substantive proposals for addressing the economy, health care and the war in Iraq.

He made his case, said Kathryn Martin, a 64-year-old registered nurse from Miami Lakes, Florida, who voted for Senator Hillary Clinton, 60, in the Democratic primary.

“I’m sold,” Martin said. “I think we’re ready for him.”

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