Partial list of Democratic convention speakers released
August 31st, 2012
12:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Partial list of Democratic convention speakers released

(CNN) - An hour after Mitt Romney stepped off of his party's convention stage, crowned as the Republican presidential nominee, organizers of the Democratic convention announced several speakers who will appear onstage in Charlotte, North Carolina next week.

The partial lineup released Friday highlights Democratic women, Latinos, African-Americans, and congressional leaders.

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The convention speaker list includes Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts; Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former White House Chief of Staff; and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat.

Earlier this week, convention organizers announced that Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Rep. Barbara Lee of California would participate in revealing the party's platform.

Among the speakers announced Friday are House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the convention announced.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Charlie Gonzalez, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, and Judy Chu, who is among the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, will also speak, the convention announced.

Pelosi will speak for House Democrats and lead a presentation of House Democratic women, the convention announced.

Among those in the presentation are Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, Rep. Nydia Velasquez of New York, Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland.

The presentation will also include two congressional candidates: Joyce Beatty of Ohio and Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    well I sure will stay up to listen to all the fresh new speakers and their new ideas.

    August 31, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  2. liartoliar

    Same old tired people we have listening to for tooooo many years. Just shut up for a while and let is rest.

    August 31, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  3. Conservative Libertarian

    A parade of the usual suspects dripping the same tired disingenuous lines....yawn.

    August 31, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  4. Anonymous

    That oughta keep people on the edge of their seats. More of the same. Snoooooooze. I think I will have to be doing laundry or cleaning my toilet on those nights.

    August 31, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  5. Joe

    With that lineup there will not be any viewers except those flakes who watch MSNBC which is the lowest of the low. That imposter Mathews and that babe with the crooked smile will be taking to each other.

    August 31, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  6. Crewmax42

    I heard that Sasha Cohen would be keynote speaker, in full "The Dictator" regalia.

    August 31, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  7. timberwolfgeo

    Rahm Emanuel? The dillweed who tried to ban Chick Fil A for not supporting gay marriage? It looks like they aren't pulling any punches when it bringing out the dumbest of the dumb. Maybe they should bring out Elizabeth 'Pocahontas' Warren while they're at it.

    August 31, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    A lot of women on the list there. This counters Romney's listing of so many women at the GOP convention. Both parties need to do more to support women's issues and have them put liberal and conservative speakers as to how those ideas are really helpful to women.

    August 31, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  9. Tom

    Looking at that list of clowns, I see no reason to watch any of it.

    August 31, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  10. Judy

    I wouldn't think of watching one second of the dem convention but I might just tune in to catch the contrast. If they could do a split screen of what the Republicans just presented American with what's is coming, I might even pay to watch.

    August 31, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  11. lessthantolerant

    Well the freakshow starts and all the affirmative action candidates will be on display! Let's see what the ratings show.

    August 31, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  12. Thumper

    What a preview of coming attractions! We finally will get to hear how eight years of failed policies got us into amess that will take longer than expected to get out of, how Republicans want todisenfanchise minority voters, how evil rich white me want to force helpless women to work for less than they're worth while simultaneously giving involuntary birth to babies produced by rape and incest, and how the only way to save the middle class is to get those obstructionist right wing extremists out of congress so we can finally get the 1% to pay their fair share. I can hardly wait.

    August 31, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  13. Mo

    Ah, the list of whos' who of the Communist Party. Remember to all yes we can comrade!

    August 31, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  14. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    Fantastic can't wait,Obama/Biden 2012

    August 31, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  15. JasonA

    Is CNN going to cut away to commercial every time a minority or woman speaks at the DNC like they did with the RNC?

    August 31, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  16. Ronald Reagan

    Great, a whole week of the Democrat freak show.

    August 31, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  17. J cook

    WHAT!!! No Maxine Waters,Corrine Brown, Sheila Jackson Lee, Joe Biden ? My, my...

    August 31, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  18. Patrick Gillis

    Same old tired voices of failed policies and political divisiveness. Is there no new life in this party?

    August 31, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  19. Jason, NYC Law

    Looks like another snoozer from the democrats this election cycle. The only mystery that remains is how many false hopes and changes will obama share this time. Be sure to watch pelosi's upper lip when she speaks, it never moves due to the gallons of Botox injections she receives. She looks like an animated Disney will be hilarious once again!!!

    August 31, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  20. steve mccrone

    That's funny that ole pelosi is speaking I thought she told everyone to stay away?? I guess that was so she could get the cameras all to herself what a loser she id.

    August 31, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  21. Independant

    Ha, Democrats must be scrambling–nothing new and fresh offered here. Really, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid-old, tired and should be retired. How about Harold Ford Jr? Not sure there are many young shining stars.

    August 31, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  22. kydan

    very little intellect among that group. hope pelosi can make it thru with her face falling off. how come the brains of the democratic party wasnt listed,people such as al sharpton, jesse jackson, and mr. jefferson who thought if to many people went to one side of guam it would flip ove rand sink.

    August 31, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  23. Shawn


    August 31, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  24. Paul

    I wont be watching.

    August 31, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  25. Tom Peasley

    WOW!... it's a who's who of the communist party USA!

    August 31, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
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