Democratic keynoter: Economy ‘picking up’

Olivier Knox

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, keynote speaker on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, says in a new video that the economy is "picking up" under President Barack Obama.

"What I see right now are small businesses getting stronger and stronger, I see more folks who are getting jobs, I see the economy picking up," Castro says in the two-and-a-half-minute message, released by the Obama campaign.

"And the decision that Americans have to make is: Are we going to stay on that course, are we going to keep that American dream, that opportunity to achieve your dream, possible for all Americans," he said. "That's what this election is about."

The economy, still weighed down by stubbornly high unemployment and sluggish growth three and a half years after Obama took office vowing to fix it, is the biggest drag on the Democrat's hopes for a second term.