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
2 years ago

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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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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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Democratic National Convention • Facebook
Obama tells supporters venue change is 'disappointing'
September 6th, 2012
02:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama tells supporters venue change is 'disappointing'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama told supporters on Thursday he regretted that some 65,000 of them would be unable to watch his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention that evening, and urged them to continue to stay engaged in his reelection effort.

"I want to begin by saying how much I regret that we're not all gathering together in one place to deliver my acceptance speech tonight," Obama told supporters on a conference call which the campaign organized after weather canceled plans for Obama to accept his party's nomination at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Clinton worked on speech for 'weeks and weeks,' McAuliffe says
September 6th, 2012
01:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton worked on speech for 'weeks and weeks,' McAuliffe says

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Bill Clinton tinkered with his 50-minute stemwinder of a convention speech for "weeks and weeks," his longtime friend Terry McAuliffe told CNN Thursday.

"He really took it on himself and said, 'It's my responsibility to lay out the case for what President Obama has done,'" McAuliffe said.
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California's oldest delegate gives command performance in Charlotte
September 6th, 2012
01:43 PM ET
9 months ago

California's oldest delegate gives command performance in Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - He's not the oldest person attending the Democratic National Convention, but Stephen E. Sherman may be the most resourceful.

Although the California delegate survived the Great Depression, World War II, and segregation over the course of his 91 years, there was one little thing that almost prevented him from witnessing the renomination of the nation's first black president: the billfold containing his ID and convention credentials that he left sitting at home shortly before his cross-country flight.
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