(CNN) - President Barack Obama, in his speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, will lay out a "choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future," according to advance excerpts released by his campaign.
Read more excerpts after the jump.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – In his address Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, Vice President Joe Biden will vouch for President Barack Obama's character and leadership through anecdotes about his decisions in office, according to a Democratic source.
As someone by the president's side for his major decisions in office, Biden will draw contrasts between Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the source said.
MORE: Biden's full remarks, as prepared for delivery
(CNN) - Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, will speak Thursday at the Democratic National Convention. According to excerpts of his remarks, Kerry will hammer Republicans for opposing "everything that has made America exceptional in the first place."
Read more excerpts of his speech after the jump.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, one of only two Muslim-Americans in Congress, reacted Thursday to the controversy over his party's newly-updated platform that references Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel.
"I do not want to see this issue used as a cudgel to beat on the president with," Ellison said. "They're trying to use the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a way to divide people."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 6, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: U.S. STOCKS SURGE AHEAD OF FRIDAY JOBS REPORT… All three major indexes closed at the highest levels in years, as optimistic investors went on a buying spree. A combination of stronger-than-expected data on the job market and the European Central Bank's bond-buying program provided the momentum. The Dow Jones industrial average closed more than 240 points higher. – Hibah Yousuf
DEVELOPING: WILL ROMNEY WATCH OBAMA? In response to reporters questions, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he doesn’t plan on watching President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight.
“If I heard… the president is going to report on the promises he made and how he has performed on those promises then I would love to watch it,” Romney said. “But if it is another series of new promises that he is not going to keep I have no interest in seeing him, because I saw the promises last time. Those are promises he did not keep and the American people deserve to know why he did not keep his promises.”
Washington (CNN) - Two airlines say passengers who won't be able to attend President Obama's speech tonight can fly home early without paying change fees.
The last night of the Democratic National Convention, including the president's speech, was scheduled to be outside in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium. However, severe weather forecasts prompted organizers to move it inside to the much smaller Time Warner Cable Arena where the rest of the convention has been held.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton is taking is his support of President Barack Obama onto the campaign trail.
One day after his highly praised 48-minute long address Thursday night in prime time to the Democratic convention, in which he made the case for the president's re-election, an Obama campaign official tells CNN that the former president will campaign for Obama in Florida and Ohio next week.
Obama narrowly won both battleground states four years ago, and the most recent polls indicate the race between the president and Republican challenger Mitt Romney is all knotted up in both states.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Joe Biden has had many big moments in his long political career, but Thursday's speech setting up Barack Obama's presidential acceptance speech will be one of his biggest.
Biden has as much at stake as his boss. And he has a tough act to follow after former President Bill Clinton delivered a rousing address Wednesday, one jam-packed with full-throated endorsements of the current president.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Four years later, consider the role reversal: As he closes his convention, Barack Obama's greatest challenge is to make the case against change.
Yet he can't ask the American people to simply stay the course.