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Reviewing The DNC Speeches That Flew Under The Radar

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The DNC lasted three days, offering plenty of opportunity for some political up and comers to take the national spotlight. But some of these speeches flew under the radar. NY1's Courtney Gross takes a look at some of the addresses that didn't get attention.

It's certainly of note on any resume: speaking at the Democratic National Convention.

But even with the spotlight on and a receptive, if not captive, audience, unless it's in prime time, these remarks can go ignored.

Because ultimately, those that take this stage may not want to talk about themselves but instead, showcase their candidate.

"I want to tell you what I saw up close while serving our president in a time of crisis," former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said about President Obama. "About the values he leans on, and the voices he listens to."

Or take the role of attack dog.

"If Mitt was Santa Clause, he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves," said former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

And, of course, stay on message.

"Our platform calls for a balanced deficit reduction plan, where everyone, everyone from elected officials to the wealthy to the super wealthy, pay their fair share," said Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Over the course of the week, nearly one hundred speakers took this stage. The vast majority of them went unnoticed, even if they came with some comedy and star power.

"And as I wonder what twitter hashtags you will start using when I am done talking - hashtag sexyface - I ask all of you young people to join me," said actor Kal Penn.

Speaking on at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 actually launched President Obama's race to the White House. For those that went unnoticed this year, they may have better luck in 2016.

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