First lady, San Antonio mayor take big roles at convention
July 31st, 2012
08:07 AM ET
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First lady, San Antonio mayor take big roles at convention

(CNN) – The speaker schedule for September's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte had two big names added Tuesday, when the event's organizers announced first lady Michelle Obama would speak on opening night and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro would deliver the keynote address.

Both the first lady and Castro will speak on Tuesday, September 4. The convention committee said Castro's speech will mark the first time a keynote address is delivered by a Latino at a Democratic convention.

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"As mayor, Julián Castro has worked tirelessly to move San Antonio forward by building its economy from the middle out, not the top down, by putting the city on a path to being a leader in the new energy economy and making innovative investments in education to prepare San Antonio's students for the jobs of the future," wrote Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa, who is the 2012 convention chairman. "That's the same vision forward for the middle class the President has, and it stands in stark contrast to Mitt Romney, who's ready to return us to the same policies that crashed our economy."

President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, launching him onto the national political stage. In 2008 former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner delivered the keynote at the Democratic Convention in Denver.

Michelle Obama also spoke on the opening day of the 2008 convention. In a statement Tuesday, Villaraigosa wrote the first lady was an "inspiration to millions of Americans."

"As the person who knows him best, she will offer unique insights into the President as a husband, father and a leader over the last four years," Villaraigosa wrote.

On Monday, Democrats announced that former President Bill Clinton would play a prominent role at the convention by giving a major speech and placing President Barack Obama's name into nomination.

The former president will give a primetime speech on Wednesday, September 5, in which he is expected to starkly lay out the differences in the economic policies of the two parties and describe why Obama is the best choice compared to presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, a Democratic source said.

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Massachusetts, will also speak on Wednesday evening.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. 98 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    Sniffit
    You mean like by reducing deficit spending by hundreds of billions per year in comparison to his predecessor or restraining the growth in government spending to 1.3% per year on average, which is over 6 times less than what Reagan and Dubya gave us each year?
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    Total lies as usual. Show the actual numbers that were used. BTW, Obama's term started in 2009, not 2010 . Just mentioning that fact because you clowns like to ignore that FACT.

    July 31, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    "I wish they would let Bernie Sanders speak. I love that guy. Now he's one that talks truth...And is not afraid to tell it like it is...And it would be great to have an economic lesson 101 by Paul Krugman"
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    Sanders and Krugman. A socialist and a Keynesian economist. Goering and Goebbels.

    July 31, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Fair is Fair: "Sanders and Krugman. A socialist and a Keynesian economist. Goering and Goebbels."

    Your statement doesn't make sense, even if you reverse the order of the last two words (which I think is what you meant to do, but got mixed up when you were busily transcribing Rush's lasted spew).

    Look at history and you will find that government spending is what brings economies out of recession – and that trickle-down economics, advocated by the GOP, IS A COMPLETE FAILURE.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    July 31, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    @98 Days Until yada yada: "Total lies as usual. Show the actual numbers that were used. BTW, Obama's term started in 2009, not 2010 . Just mentioning that fact because you clowns like to ignore that FACT."

    From the May 22, 2012 Wall Street Journal: "Over Obama’s four budget years, federal spending is on track to rise from $3.52 trillion to $3.58 trillion, an annualized increase of just 0.4%.

    There has been no huge increase in spending under the current president, despite what you hear."

    Read the article and follow the links to the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office.
    Read it – if you can handle the FACTS.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice.

    July 31, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Sirned

    Hmmmm.... One party calls the middle class and poor the engine of our economy and wants to empower them. The other party calls the middle class and poor mooches and losers... Gee I wonder who I'm going to vote for?

    July 31, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    @98 days blah blah blah
    Just hold onto your "panties" until Former President Bill Clinton breaks it down in layman terms so all Americans understand who, when and why we have a deficit. Just hold on, the final knockout punch is coming.

    July 31, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Excellent choice for speakers, including Elizabeth Warren!

    July 31, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. 98 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    Fair is Fair
    "I wish they would let Bernie Sanders speak. I love that guy. Now he's one that talks truth...And is not afraid to tell it like it is...And it would be great to have an economic lesson 101 by Paul Krugman"
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    Sanders and Krugman. A socialist and a Keynesian economist. Goering and Goebbels
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    Krugman was on a Sunday morning talk show arguing the stimulus package was far to small and we needed another big one. The guy is scary nuts beyond belief. Obama must be following this lunatics direction. Sanders? Well he's just a wacky old hippie that wants the USA to covert to one big commune. Vermonters must be out of their mind to send that fool to DC.

    July 31, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    Total lies as usual. Show the actual numbers that were used. BTW, Obama's term started in 2009, not 2010 . Just mentioning that fact because you clowns like to ignore that FACT.
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    Obama's term started in 2009, but FY2009 belonged to George W. Bush. The fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2008. Bush had signed a budget for the FY2009, which included TARP. The right wing is always trying to dump the cost of TARP onto Pres. Obama..

    You really need to brush up on your social studies and from there move on to political science.

    July 31, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Bootstomper

    Well let's see the GOP is the party of inclusion because they have that rube Rubio. If that's the best they can do they will never win the Latino vote or general elections for that matter.

    July 31, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Joe

    Go, Michele! And, YOU, Ann-toinette, pay attention--this is what a REAL FIRST LADY looks like.

    July 31, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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