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Pittsboro woman to speak at Democratic convention

Posted August 21, 2008

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— A local woman who has survived ill health and financial hardship has been asked to make a prime-time speech during next week's Democratic National Convention.

Pam Roper-Cash has a story that presidential candidate Barack Obama and Democratic leaders want the nation to hear. Her husband had two bypass surgeries and couldn't return to work, then she had open-heart surgery and also couldn't work.

The couple lost their health insurance and had to cash in their retirement accounts to make ends meet.

"Our drug bills are over $3,000 a month, and we live on $1,164. I mean, you do the math," she said.

Roper-Cash's brush with national politics began in June, when she got a phone call from Pittsboro Mayor Randolph Voller asking for a favor from the Obama campaign.

"(He said,) 'They want you to introduce him,' and I said, 'In public?' and he said, 'Yeah' and I said, 'OK,'" she said. "I thought it was a joke. I mean, I really did."

She introduced him before he made an economic speech in Raleigh that kicked off a series of stops nationwide as he closed in on securing the Democratic nomination.

Then the phone rang again with another request.

"(He said,) 'Senator Obama would like for you to speak, and the Democratic National Convention would like for you to speak.' I said, 'In Denver?' and he said, 'Well, yes' and I was, like, 'OK,'" she said.

Now, her home phone rings off the hook, and her e-mail box is filled with messages from Obama's campaign.

Roper-Cash is scheduled to make a three-minute speech between 8:30 and 9 p.m. ET Tuesday.

"It's a big responsibility, but it's an immense honor," she said.

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  • alx Aug 22, 2008

    the only reason she has this "honor" is that she is a victim which could be exploited!

  • wynnediii Aug 22, 2008

    I guess my comment on her not having to worry about food was too controversial? Weaksauce WRAL.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 22, 2008

    An honor it is. Sorry about her situation, but I hope things will change for the better for them real soon. Keep praying. Wow! I wish I had the opportunity to have met Obama and to introduce him, well that is quite an honor.

  • canes017 Aug 22, 2008

    "Wow! What an honor to be asked to speak at the national convention by the next President of the United States! And, sounds like her story is one that needs to be told as it underscores this country's great need for universal health care coverage."

    -Clueless Lemming

  • canes017 Aug 22, 2008

    I think its funny that the DNC always find ways to put down the country. Its not a "look at all the great things we've done, but we still have alot of work to do" scenario for them its a "look at whats wrong with this country, we should all be ashamed of ourselves" scenario.

    I can't imagine being so pathetic.

  • wildervb Aug 22, 2008

    "Sounds like poor lifestyle choices and poor financial planning."

    Realy! There's nothing in the article indicating poor financial planning. She's just one of many Americans who because of the poor health for herself and her husband lost her insurance coverage. This is not unusual, health insurance companies can drop you if you're to high a risk, or they can raise your premiums so high that insurance becomes unaffordable.
    Not every job offers health insurance, in fact, fewer and fewer are. This is why we need major health insurance reform in this nation. Medical costs are the number one reason for personal bankrupsies in the US. (This problem doesn't exist in the rest of the developed world).

  • Trivr Aug 21, 2008

    Sounds like poor lifestyle choices and poor financial planning.

  • ncweddingdj.com Aug 21, 2008

    At the convention, to show their appreciation for this nice lady;s willingness to tell her own private story and benefit the campaign, the Democrats are going to take up a sizeable collection and help her pay off her bills, get back on her feet, etc. They are going to pay it forward for her. She lives in Pittsboro and it would ne really nice if they would also ask their voters all over to drop her a little money, too.

  • UNCfuturealumi Aug 21, 2008

    could she not use this money for her own survival, than to spend the extra bucks for travel, clothes, etc. oh this is the free flowing democrats money. EXCUSE ME...

  • peakofgoodliving Aug 21, 2008

    Wow! What an honor to be asked to speak at the national convention by the next President of the United States! And, sounds like her story is one that needs to be told as it underscores this country's great need for universal health care coverage.

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