September 6th, 2012
09:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden to Democrats: 'We're on a mission'

(CNN) – In his remarks to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, Vice President Joe Biden said he had come to "take you inside the White House to see the President as I see him every day."

His remarks, as prepared for delivery, after the jump.
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September 6th, 2012
08:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Gabby Giffords makes emotional appearance at DNC

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an emotional return to the political stage Thursday night when she led the pledge of allegiance at the Democratic National Convention.

Giffords, who stepped down from Congress in January to focus on her recovery from a shooting that left her grievously wounded, walked out with good friend Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz by her side.
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September 6th, 2012
08:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Spotted: Celebrities turn out for DNC

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - What do Harry Reid and Wil.I.Am have in common? Well, like Common (the rapper), they and dozens of other big-name celebrities are in Charlotte this week for the Democratic National Convention.

Even though President Barack Obama's big acceptance speech was moved indoors due to weather concerns, Thursday night is expected to be the big night for stars to shine.

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Brokaw found 'in great health' after being taken to hospital
September 6th, 2012
07:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Brokaw found 'in great health' after being taken to hospital

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, 72, was taken to the hospital Thursday morning while in Charlotte, North Carolina covering the Democratic National Convention.

A spokesperson with NBC said Brokaw felt "light-headed," and later Thursday, Brokaw said he "mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien," tweeting that it caused him to make "less sense than usual."
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Deflating: Democrats not into balloon drop tradition
September 6th, 2012
06:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Deflating: Democrats not into balloon drop tradition

(CNN) - Even with a last-minute decision to move indoors, the Democratic Party's festivities tonight will not include the time-honored tradition of a balloon drop at the end of Barack Obama's acceptance speech. But just how old is that tradition, and how much has it mattered to the Democrats?

The 1956 Republican gathering that re-nominated Dwight Eisenhower marks the first time that newspapers mention a balloon drop at a convention. The Republicans have staged a balloon drop at every convention since then - an unbroken record of 15 conventions, including this year's meeting in Florida when about 120,000 balloons and 500 pounds of confetti were dumped on delegates from the rafters of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
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September 6th, 2012
06:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to set jobs, deficit, energy goals in acceptance speech

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will set a goal of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs over the next four years and doubling exports during the next two years, according to excerpts of his speech to the Democratic National Convention released Thursday.

Excerpts: Obama to lay out 'clearest choice of any time in a generation'

He will set a goal of reducing the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years, according to the excerpts. Obama will also set a goal of halving net oil imports by the year 2020 and supporting 600,000 natural gas jobs by the end of the decade.

As part of a number of goals President Barack Obama will outline in his formal acceptance speech on Thursday, he will aim to cut the growth of college tuition in half over 10 years, according to excerpts released by the campaign.

Excerpts: Obama to lay out 'clearest choice of any time in a generation'
September 6th, 2012
06:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts: Obama to lay out 'clearest choice of any time in a generation'

(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.
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Biden set to vouch for Obama
September 6th, 2012
06:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden set to vouch for Obama

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
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Excerpts: Kerry to extol Obama foreign policy record at DNC
September 6th, 2012
05:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts: Kerry to extol Obama foreign policy record at DNC

(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.

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Ellison reacts to Jerusalem reference in party platform
September 6th, 2012
05:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Ellison reacts to Jerusalem reference in party platform

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."
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