August 28th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Scenes from the Trail: The line starts early at Invesco


The lines were long early in the day to get into Invesco Field (Mathieu Young/CNN)

Denver (CNN) - Charlie Dominguez is spending his 47th birthday standing in line at Invesco Field hoping he will be able to count a ticket to Sen. Barack Obama's Thursday night acceptance speech among his birthday gifts.

"It's just to be close," Dominguez said. "Everybody's electrified. I want a chance for the glimpse, ya know?"

Dominguez, who hails from traditionally-red Kansas, said he was always a registered Republican until this year when he switched his registration to Democratic.

Watch live shots of Invesco Field on!

A few ticket-holders and would-be attendees arrived at Invesco Field by 9 a.m. By noon, the line for entrance included roughly a thousand people, a reporter estimated.

The campaign expects roughly 75,000 people in attendance when Obama officially accepts the Democratic presidential nomination.

soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Kiran




    August 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Observation

    If Hurrcaine Gutva delays the GOP convention, it will give Obama the week back that he took for vacation, Good things happen to good people.

    August 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Virginia Wilson

    I am so sick of hearing Obama say he is living the 'American Dream'. Well, my husband came to America (the product of an American mother and Greek/Armenian father), when he was 18 with only $1200 to go to college. He worked 2 jobs, got mononucleous twice and graduated with a Masters degree. Now, he makes a good living and for all our hard work, I cannot see giving it all to taxes for social services that won't work. You see, I lived in England for 8 years with socialized medicine and it doesn't work! I agree we may not have the best health care system, but if you ask the Brits, they don't either. We need to find another way. I am a moderate who thinks that John McCain is not the best, but thinks Obama will drive our country into socialism and that is much worse.

    August 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Rena

    Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. dream has finally come to fruition! It is a glorious day. God may you protect this man and his family in Jesus name , Amen. This was a long awaited day from so many prayers and so many who had to suffer and endure to see this come to past.

    August 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Joe in NJ

    CC Atlanta August 28th, 2008 4:11 pm ET

    …and now that the war in Georgia was at the prodding of the White House to make John McCain look good – I think we can safely wrap up this year…."

    That's right, keep re-iterating lies made by Putin. I can't believe anyone would be stupid enough to believe him. It's obvious Putin wants Obama to win because he knows he doesn't have the balls to stand up to him like McCain does.

    P.S. What time does Bon Jovi go on?

    August 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. John in Ohio

    The lines are long at McCain events as well.


    It's a long line to get to the meat station at Country Kitchen Buffet.

    August 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. CYNT

    Terry your downer comments cant even put a damper on this historic event about to take place today. Keep you negative remarks for next weeks diaster of a convention.


    August 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Dr. Sam

    The mean behavior of the McCain campaign during this Democratic Convention instead helped to unite Democrats. Republicans were expecting drama and conflict; instead, to their chagrin, they got amazement and resounding acclamation for the Democratic nominee! The country has now seen how mean McCain and his proteges can be and how his team has been taken over by Karl Rove, the primier dirty political operators. That is the kind of politics that brought us to the dire place we are in now and that we MUST get away from. Finally, we should never toy with the idea of an extended Bush Presidency through McCain. McCain will surely take us quickly into World War III. Remember his "bomb, bomb, bomb" quip!

    August 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    A health care policy adviser for the McCain campaign told a newspaper reporter that nobody in the United States is technically uninsured, because everyone has access to hospital emergency rooms.

    "So I have a solution [to the health care crisis]. And it will cost not one thin dime," John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, told the Dallas Morning News in an interview published Thursday.

    "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care. So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved



    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!

    August 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Filipina

    How exciting I cant wait for this show tonight.

    August 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Texas Straight Talker

    For the so called PUMA's and Hillary supporters who will vote for McCain all I can say is too bad for you. MOVE ON is launching a voter registration campaign that will sign up millions of more Obama supporters! NO MCCAIN, NO WAY!!!

    August 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Mike

    What does it mean?

    Focus on the Family prayed for rain during Obama's speech, and it's going to be a beautiful night.

    During the Republican Convention, however, Hurricane Gustav is going to hit New Orleans.

    Hey Focus on the Family... think there's a message from God there?

    August 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. tlobe, montgomery, al

    N'Obama! No way, not now, not tomorrow! Do we want to repeat the years of preaching diplomacy and having to watch Bosnia and Herzogovina go up in flames and witness unceasing genocide until Szrbrencia forced us to act. Do we need to relive the DOT.COM legacy of the Clinton years. Do we need to let Al Queda continue to go unpunished. Do we need another president that orates and orates and orates, but accomplishes nothing. I think not. My vote will be difficult to earn. McCain might be more tested, but I lack as much confidence in him as I do N'Obama. We need a real alternative, but none is handy.

    August 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. shirley ann

    Many have said over the past 19 months of Obama's campaign that he would not get this far. I beleived at the very beginning that he was chosen by God. LOOK at his beginnings and look at him NOW. The footsteps of a good man have been ordered by the Lord. If it's for you NO ONE can take it from you !! NO ONE!! Love you all. May God bless you and May God Bless America. If only MLK were here!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain don't need a VP pick. Make sure McCain retires in one of his 8 homes and not the White House. McCain wants all social security receipients like myself to retire in the old folks home so why should I vote for him to retire in the White House. Send McCain packing.

    August 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. 8) the smilin' guy


    The surgeons in Canada, Netherlands, France etc... all seem fine with the system. They are all well paid, and doing much better than any unskilled worker in the countries they live. If I ask a surgeon here, I WILL probably get a complaint, that they will be told how much they are going to get paid, as opposed to naming their own fee, and more subject to regulation of fraudulent charges, whether from the doctor or the hospital. And... you are right, if they want to have 3 houses that cost millions instead of one, then they would have to move to another country like this one. WOOPS there aren't any economic powerhouses like us that don't already have national healthcare. Guess they will have to do it because they WANT to be doctors and the pay is still better than third world countries.

    August 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. HollieSeven

    clear skies and 60 degrees..perfect weather
    God MUST LOVE Obama too..
    in spite of the prayers for bad weather by 'christians'

    August 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    McCain couldn't attrack that many people to hear his boring old behind speak if he paid them. He could hold his speech in a conference room.

    August 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    > It's a shame the DNC took it away from Hillary. And it's a shame that Obama will lose to McCain.

    The real shame is that you fools refuse to accept the truth and will continue to cry like a little kid who can't accept the fact that there is no Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

    August 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Agnes

    Its a production, staged for effect, orchestrated just as every other public appearance. We don't need a figure head squandering millions on fluff, pomp and circumstance. Where are the facts, a history of action, to back up your promises? Trinity Church, racist ethnocentrism, divisiveness in party, back room deals, Rezco, Ayers- terrorist mentor, Michelle who is marginally proud of America ans can not hide her annimosity towards Hillary. Proof positive that Barack is not qualified to lead this country.

    August 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Mike - Texas

    And each one has to pay "how much" to get in????

    August 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. MikeH

    There's probably more people standing in line in that photo than will be attending John McCains "exciting" announcement tonight.

    "No Obama 08", come out of the closet and show yourself for what you are, a morbidly obese, undereducated, 20-something on-line wargame player living in your parents basement, and hired by the Republican to post drivel on the Ticker.

    August 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Kimberly

    NO Way NO How, No McCain!!!!

    Obama 08

    August 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Linda31

    Wish I was there!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Lune

    I read some comments and decided to watch Cspan last night and I have no regrets. I was able to watch and hear the entire speech of President Bill Clinton without interference and so much more.
    I know CNN's moderator doesn't like to publish some comments like mine for example always awaiting moderation, but you know what I just don't care

    August 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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