August 11th, 2008
09:28 AM ET
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Democratic convention themes highlight unity

The Democratic Convention will be held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

The Democratic Convention will be held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

(CNN)—The Democratic National Convention Committee unveiled the four nightly themes of the Democratic convention Monday.

Kansas Gov. and Democratic National Convention Committee co-chair Kathleen Sebelius announced in a Monday conference call with reporters that the convention is being termed “America’s Town Hall” - individuals will be able to submit questions by e-mail or Web video. Those questions may be answered by one of the convention’s speakers.

On Monday, Michelle Obama will kick-start the convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado with a “One Nation” speech emphasizing unity. Tuesday’s agenda - “Renewing America’s Promise” - will feature Senator Hillary Clinton.

On Wednesday, Obama’s vice presidential pick will deliver his or her acceptance speech – and former President Bill Clinton will address the gathering - as the focus turns to “Securing America’s Future,” and a salute to the nation’s veterans.

Listen: Democrats lay out their convention plans on a conference call with reporters

On Thursday, Obama will officially accept his party’s nomination in front of more than 60,000 spectators at Invesco Field at Mile High. The familiar theme: his campaign slogan, “Change You Can Believe In.”

In 2004, Obama—then a relatively unknown candidate for U.S. Senate - was catapulted into the limelight when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic Convention in Boston.

soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. RufusVonDufus

    Unity in the Democrat Party is three things: funny, funnier, funniest! There will never be unity as long as people like Hillary and Billybob Clinton and Howard Wolfson are around attempting to stir the pot. There will be more unity between the different warring factions in the middle east than in the Dem Party. If you could gather enough b alls to tell the Clintons, NO , make the Clintons stop the trouble making then you might have some unity in the party. Until then, FUNNY, FUNNIER, FUNNIEST!

    August 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. My Friends, let me tell you

    I will unite our country if it takes me more wars to do.

    August 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Confused by Ignorance

    Alice in Florida-

    You're ignorant, bottom line. What have you accomplished in life? Did you go to Harvard law? Do you even have a successfuly career? I think not, since you're voting for John McCain, thinking that somehow the real world will let Hillary run again in 2012. Ignorant and Delusional. Hate will get you nowhere.

    August 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Luckyj

    Alice in Fl. You sound so, so angry!! A bunch of whinny kids. Why don't you let out a loud yell, jump up and down. Now take a deep breath, you will feel better. Really, get over Hillary. Its people like you who divide this country.

    August 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Paul

    United? Us Democrats? You nasty, arrogant, condescending BO supporters will find out in November just how united the DNC has managed to make the party.

    August 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Luis in Miami

    oh yes we will all be singing KUMBAYA!!! as prescribed by DR. DEAN.

    I imagine that all the Hillary hate posting are from republicans... I can't imagine the Obama Supporters trying to win in November without the base of the party.

    The damage was done by the DNC and how they went about picking BO. I am for one not united yet and I do not think I will.

    August 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Willow, from Iowa

    I have read that HRC is talking behind Obama's back about how much stronger she is and how much easier she could win the election. Hillary, I knew you couldn't do it.

    August 11, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Alice Brinkley

    Unity, ha! Hillary will try to beat Obama at the convention, just watch and see. Personally, I will not watch any of that convention, all electronic and contrived. Truth and experience are not part of the democrat thinking any longer - bad for the dems.

    August 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. lynda

    How do i get on Obama's list for support? E me please. Thnx!

    August 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Gail AL.

    I cannot believe that we are about to elect, Barack Hussien Obama to be the democratic nommiee. Someone who has no expericence, at such a crucial time in our country. Our country is heading for a diaster, he is an empty suit, he can't deliver,and doesn't know how. His racist wife is not fit to be our first lady. Her views are coming straight from Rev. Wright's play book, and so is his. PEOPLE WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TO LATE.

    August 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Zelda

    “Her hesitancy and habit of avoiding hard choices exacted a price that eventually sank her chances at the presidency.” Joshua Green

    So glad Hillary lost! Do we want someone like this to be president?

    August 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Lots of luck with the unity nonsense!

    If you think filling a stadium with 60-75 thousand gawkers is going to anything other than energize Republican voters, you don't get it.

    August 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    CNN'S moderators are at it again!
    They just ZAPPED MY COMMENT!

    They really have NO RESPECT FOR OTHERS!

    It is back to HUFF PO'S BLOGS FOR ME!

    August 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Reality check #1

    Unity? The democratic party knows nothing about unity, unless it is in the sense of a band of criminals selecting the nominee , not allowing voters to elect one. This is not the democratic party I joined many years ago. The democratic party has tarnished itself this year and no amount of polishing will scrub their deeds away. The democratic party plotted and conspired to select their nominee and lost millions of voters by doing so. Our voices were stolen and we were robbed of our votes. Angry? Yes, indeed. Democracy has been given a new meaning and it is not what our forefathers intended.

    August 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Kelby in Houston

    "McCain '08 for Hillary '12" ROTFLMAO! It's the lack of logic that is funny. It is the shear insanity and madness of thought like this that is utterly depressing.
    The phrase, "McCain '08 for Hillary '12", says "I am willing to sacrifice the good of the country because my favorite person did not win."
    I believe it's the party, the platform, the people, not the person. We want the economy fixed, universal health care, and to get out of Iraq. What do you want? huh? Other than having Hillary be president, what do want this nation to accomplish? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
    All you hear about Obama is him touting a plan. He's got numbers and ideas and McCain has ignorance and insults. AND YOU WANT THIS MAN TO HAVE CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY FOR 4 YEARS?

    August 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. robert New York

    Hillary Clinton I LOVE you ! No matter what you do, I am by yourside as your friend.
    If there is no you with Obama, then I will vote for McCain.
    18 million voters can't be wrong. lets see if the DNC understands us 18 Million.
    Hillary the right choice. Hang in there girl.

    August 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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