Biden set to vouch for Obama
September 6th, 2012
06:00 PM ET
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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
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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
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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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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Convention • Israel • Keith Ellison
Passengers left out of convention get airline break
September 6th, 2012
04:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Passengers left out of convention get airline break

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.
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Much at stake for Biden ahead of convention speech
September 6th, 2012
04:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Much at stake for Biden ahead of convention speech

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.

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John King: Obama must make case against change
September 6th, 2012
04:37 PM ET
2 years ago

John King: Obama must make case against change

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.

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Storms developing over DNC in Charlotte
September 6th, 2012
04:06 PM ET
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Storms developing over DNC in Charlotte

(CNN) - More rain and storms are in the Thursday forecast for Charlotte, North Carolina host city for the Democratic National Convention, according to the National Weather Service.

See the latest forecast information and weather radar below the jump.
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Conventions leave atheists asking: What political party represents me?
September 6th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Conventions leave atheists asking: What political party represents me?

(CNN) – This convention season has not been good for atheists.

The word "God" was reinserted in the Democratic platform after it had been removed. A plan to raise atheist billboards in the convention cities was stymied by opponents. And though there were preachers and rabbis and other religious leaders opening and closing each day of each convention, there wasn’t an avowed atheist talking up unbelief on either convention’s speaking list.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Convention • Religion
Obama readies two-term pitch
September 6th, 2012
02:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama readies two-term pitch

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - President Barack Obama will make his pitch Thursday in the final night of the Democratic National Convention, where he'll aim to lay out what voters can expect under a second term.

While first lady Michele Obama and former President Bill Clinton headlined the other two nights this week, the president's re-election team said Obama will cap the week with a final theme of looking "forward."
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On Facebook, Clinton's speech more popular than NFL kickoff game
September 6th, 2012
02:41 PM ET
2 years ago

On Facebook, Clinton's speech more popular than NFL kickoff game

(CNN) – President Clinton took the ball and ran with it last night, and Facebook has the numbers to prove it.

Even though the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants in last night's NFL season opener, it was the former president who garnered the most attention on Facebook. According to data provided to CNN from Facebook, Bill Clinton got more mentions on the site than the terms "Cowboys," "Giants," "football," and "Romo," the Cowboy's starting quarterback.
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