Obama campaign: DNC is on, 'rain or shine'
September 4th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign: DNC is on, 'rain or shine'

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Officials with the Democratic National Convention said Tuesday that they will have a contingency plan ready in case storms interrupt their plans to hold Thursday evening's convention activities outside.

But "we are rain or shine going forward," said a senior Obama campaign official who spoke Tuesday with CNN reporters covering the convention.

"There are too many organizational benefits to being outside. The fact that we've already given away 65,000 tickets is probably good reason to have" it at the stadium, the official added.

Tuesday's forecast for Thursday predicted a chance of rain and thunderstorms in the late afternoon and early evening, the day when the DNC moves to Bank of America Stadium. President Barack Obama is to accept his party's nomination and deliver a speech that evening. Convention activities earlier in the week will take place at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

CNN first reported that contingency plans were being developed for severe weather last Thursday.

The campaign official suggested rain alone would not hold up their plans for outdoor events later this week.

"Unless someone tells us there's a threat to public safety, then we'll make a different call," the campaign official said. "But we're going to go as far as we can. If it's a little rain, we'll be OK. Rain or shine, we're going."

Thunderstorms are expected earlier this week, when convention activities are to be held indoors. Storms with heavy rain are forecast for Tuesday afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms, but fewer of them, are forecast for Wednesday.

Republican National Convention officials shortened their convention in Tampa, Florida last week as forecasts showed Tropical Storm Isaac on a path towards the host city. Isaac later became a hurricane and made landfall in Louisiana.

– CNN's Dave Hennen contributed to this report

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    What's the buzzword this week? Forward.

    September 4, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. RealityBites

    Obama IS the biggest threat to America's safety and stability... , HELLO!!

    September 4, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. demwit

    What will 65,000 people with FREE Bank of America Stadium tickets do if it rains!? Get a big fat stimulus bailout like BofAt??

    September 4, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. kayla

    the biggest threat are the billionaires buy the election.

    September 4, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Jon

    There are two problems with Obama's new "forward" theme
    1. "R" does not mean "Racing gear" it means "reverse"
    2. No matter how fast you go, driving by using the rear view mirror never ends up with good results!

    September 4, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    Demwit – You're either too ignorant, or a revisionist, either way, it was Bush that bailed out the banks.

    September 4, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. WiredweirdinSF

    Poor Kayla, the corrupt uninos have been buying and stealing elections for years, how else could we end up with the most corrupt, incompetent, inept president in our history? Remember that Black Panthers standing infront of a polling place with clubs is fine according to the Obozo justice department, but asking for identificationis horrible according to the same bunch of regime toadies.

    September 4, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    RealityBites

    Obama IS the biggest threat to America's safety and stability... , HELLO!!
    -----------------–
    Mitt Romney said the biggest threat to America is Russia. Not China. Not Iran. Not terrorists. Russia. If you ever needed proof that Romney is out of touch then that mid-20th Centiry mind set should convince you.

    ==================================

    Jon wrote:

    There are two problems with Obama's new "forward" theme
    1. "R" does not mean "Racing gear" it means "reverse"
    2. No matter how fast you go, driving by using the rear view mirror never ends up with good results!
    ------------------------------
    That is the liberal rallying cry. What did you tune into MSNBC by mistake and thought is was Fox News Channel?

    September 4, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Jon

    Rudy NYC ... now you do say that knowing that Obama told the Russians, just wait until he got re-elected and he would be more flexible?

    September 4, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Willard

    Forward, not in "R"! 65,000 people watching the Presidents speach, instead of 2,000 watching R/R?
    Do you need any more truth?

    September 4, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Jon wrote:

    Rudy NYC ... now you do say that knowing that Obama told the Russians, just wait until he got re-elected and he would be more flexible?
    -------------–
    Yeah, Obama said something to that effect. What does that have to do with Romney's mid-20th century thinking? George W. Bush once thought the same way, that the Russians were the most immediate threat to the US.

    September 4, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. RGD

    Here is National Weather Service's weather forecast for Charlotte on Thursday evening: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms...... I don't think they have anything to worry but bring ponchos just in case and have rolling & rocking time at DNC convention! Nobody can fill out football stadiums like Democrats. Romney couldn't fill out 1,200 seats at Detroit Ford Field last time he was there. Not enough wealthy buddies such as millionaires and billionaires around, other than tea partiers.

    September 4, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. OnceGreatNation

    Get ready for the DNC SNOW JOB.....the only weather that matters is WHETHER or not you're stupid enough to buy it again!

    And remember, it isnt a good time to balance the budget, we have more money to give away in exchange for votes before anyone is counting..

    Romney/Ryan 2012!!

    September 4, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    "We Will Continue"

    September 4, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Weird – As usual your anti union rants indicate you are a unskilled worker who does not earn even a minimum wage, does not have health care, nor get the week ends off or work a 40 hour week. The unions built the middle class, and there is no middle class in a third world country. Somalia is a non union country.

    September 4, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Fact checkers worked overtime last week with the lies of Mittens and Ryan. Yet right wingnuts refuse to accept the facts and blame real media for making their candidates look like middle school cheer leaders.

    September 4, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |