Democratic convention adds speakers
August 20th, 2012
07:40 AM ET
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Democratic convention adds speakers

(CNN) – Prominent Democrats were added to the speakers list for the upcoming Democratic National Convention Monday, two weeks before the gathering convenes in Charlotte.

Added Monday were Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff for the first two years of his presidency; Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who won the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination; Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who acted as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and is running for U.S. Senate.

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Also on the list: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

In July, Democrats announced their keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro. The convention committee said Castro's speech will mark the first time a keynote address is delivered by a Latino at a Democratic convention.

The committee also said former President Bill Clinton would enter Obama's name into nomination at the convention, an important symbolic role for the popular Democrat. Speaking ahead of Clinton will be Elizabeth Warren, the consumer advocate and former adviser to Obama who is battling for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. satx

    All descent people, who do not spew lies at every opportunity. The lies about these speakers WILL be coming from the right any minute now. That's all they know!

    August 20, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |

    I would sure like to hear Alan Grayson.

    August 20, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. joe smith

    wonder if any of these speakers will advocate all govn't vehicles be American made, and be hybrid..where's Al Gore when we need him..

    August 20, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. WiredweirdinSF

    Is Rahm going to extoll the virtures of having more corrupt union bosses in charge of your cities and states. Illinois is bankrupt and Chicago is the murder capital of the United States thanks to all of the ineffective, wasteful spending that the union bosses dictate to the democrat liberal stooges that control the state.

    August 20, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Rham Emmanuel, John Kerry, Martin O'Malley, Tim Kaine, Deval Patrick, Ted Strickland, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Julian Castro, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bill Clinton.


    It sounds more the the cast of the remake of "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World".

    August 20, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    It sounds more the the cast of the remake of "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World".
    Great classic movie. Has a cast of lovable, memorable characters. Apparentlly, you've got a soft spot for the cast, too.

    August 20, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. bb

    Birds of a feather- What another dumbocrap loser hows the murder rate in chicago???, Rahm go get a chic fila
    Did u miss Oblunder after u bailed on him??? r your kids in public school in chicago????

    August 20, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. dan

    I sure would not trust that group to take care of any of my business, I do not think anyone of those listed has ever made any money in the public sector except Kerry and he divorced his first wife because she did not have enough money to pay for his political activities to marry the daughter of a billionaire. All the others have lived off the taxpayers for all of their fortunes.

    August 20, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |