Passengers left out of convention get airline break
September 6th, 2012
04:55 PM ET
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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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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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For Democrats, 2016 jockeying begins over breakfast
September 5th, 2012
11:53 AM ET
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For Democrats, 2016 jockeying begins over breakfast

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - For just a couple of hours on Wednesday morning, the center of gravity in Democratic politics was a steamy Marriott parking lot in New South suburbia, many miles from the security-enclosed commotion of the Democratic National Convention in uptown Charlotte.

And there were muffins.
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Photo: President Obama watches first lady's speech on TV with daughters
September 4th, 2012
11:22 PM ET
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Photo: President Obama watches first lady's speech on TV with daughters

(CNN) - President Barack Obama watched the first lady's speech at Charlotte's Democratic National Convention on television with daughters, Malia and Sasha, in the Treaty Room of the White House Tuesday.

Michelle Obama made a personal case for her husband's second term saying the president, "knows the American Dream because he's lived it."

The White House released an official photograph of the president and his daughters.

An Obama campaign official said Obama had dinner with his daughters, where they talked about their first day of school, before watching the speech together.

Earlier in the day, Obama campaigned in Virginia.

Democratic convention will highlight differing visions between the parties
September 4th, 2012
07:40 PM ET
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Democratic convention will highlight differing visions between the parties

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - A Democratic National Convention vital to President Barack Obama's re-election bid opened Tuesday with the more than 5,500 delegates adopting a party platform that emphasizes middle-class opportunity while differing sharply on key issues with the Republican version endorsed at last week's GOP convention.

Facing a tight race in November and Republican attacks that they have made things worse while in power, Democratic organizers want their three-day convention to emphasize the tough decisions Obama has made and the additional steps needed to bolster the middle class.

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September 4th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
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By the numbers: the DNC and its host city, Charlotte

(CNN) - Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as the "Queen City," is expected to reap the economic benefits for hosting the Democratic National Convention.

But how much?

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Obama campaign: DNC is on, 'rain or shine'
September 4th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
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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.
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Paul Ryan ties Obama to Carter on eve of Dem convention
September 3rd, 2012
06:39 PM ET
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Paul Ryan ties Obama to Carter on eve of Dem convention

Greenville, North Carolina (CNN) – At a Labor Day rally, Republican vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan raised the question 'are you better off' and compared President Barack Obama to one-term President Jimmy Carter.

"You see the president has no record to run on. In fact, every president since the Great Depression who asked Americans to send them into a second term could say that you are better off today than you were four years ago, except for Jimmy Carter and for President Barack Obama," said Ryan.

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September 3rd, 2012
05:47 PM ET
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Video: State of the race in North Carolina

(CNN) - CNN Chief National Correspondent John King explains the state of the presidential race in North Carolina ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Dems seek to sharpen message on whether Americans better off
September 3rd, 2012
01:13 PM ET
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Dems seek to sharpen message on whether Americans better off

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden led an effort on Monday to sharpen the message of Democrats on the eve of their party convention after other senior members struggled to formulate a definitive answer to the question of whether voters should feel better off since President Barack Obama took office.

Biden told a Labor Day campaign rally in Detroit that the country was indeed doing better than when Republicans led by George W. Bush left power in 2009.

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