Obama's speech to move indoors
September 5th, 2012
10:05 AM ET
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Obama's speech to move indoors

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - After days of bad weather, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and Democratic National Convention organizers have decided to change the venue of the president's acceptance speech Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Instead of holding the final night at the Bank of America stadium as planned, the event will move indoors to the Time Warner Cable arena, where the first two days of the convention have taken place.

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"We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move Thursday's proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests," said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan.

Officials had already handed out 65,000 tickets for the event at the Bank of America stadium, but the Time Warner Cable Arena-home to NBA's Charlotte Bobcats-can seat up to 21,000. As a result, thousands will be turned away.

"We're disappointed they won't be able to join us in person," one organizer said. "But we are encouraging people to organize watch parties at their homes, in their neighborhoods, with their friends."

Officials added they plan to host a separate event at a later time for those who had credentialed for the stadium. They did not elaborate on when exactly that event would take place, only saying "sometime before Election Day."

Some argued this week that convention organizers had failed to fill the stadium, and moving the event to a smaller, more-packed venue would provide better optics for the president's speech

DNC officials, however, argued that decision was purely based on safety, not politics.

"We were concerned about capacity on the high end for Thursday, not on the low end," one official said, adding they had 19,000 people on the wait list for the stadium.

In an interview with a local TV station in Virginia, conducted before the venue change was announced, Obama said he's more focused on his message than capacity concerns at the DNC.

"My main goal is not to worry about the logistics of the convention," Obama said. "My main goal, I think, is to communicate to the American people how we can move forward."

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Buddy

    Remember this – Republicans hide all their politicians so people forget what a bad job they did in the past. GW Bush, no where to be found (kinda like his first year in office and his military service) HW Bush nowhere to be found. Sarah Palin nowhere to be found. The awesome group that tried to get the nomination before Romney bought it, nowhere to be found.
    Republicans = No history of accomplishment. This party has done what to make America better? Nothing. The all white good old boys club keeps shrinking and shrinking and getting angrier and angrier. If you want to see whats what. Compare the Red States stats with the Blue States stats, see how the Red states live off the Blue states taxes, and then let us in on all the secrets of Republicans management skills.

    September 5, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Sure! The Dems couldn't get enough people to fill that big football stadium because the Obama supporters across the country only number in the tens of millions! To be exact, make that over 90 million. Yes, one big football stadium aint enough to commemorate the President's nomination speech! So the convension organizers have decided to move the event to the Capitol Mall in Washington DC JANUARY 2013!


    Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE! Hahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahaha!

    September 5, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Ken

    I was in Charlotte all day yesterday, and there was enough demand for tickets to Thursday nights acceptance
    speech to fill two Bank America Stadiums. Rarely have I observed the level of enthusiam.

    September 5, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Sheila

    BE SMART, OBAMA organizers: give all those turned away tickets to Disney World. They'll be happy, and so will Florida, which you desperately need.

    September 5, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. mb2010a

    The tax payers do not pay for either convention...that would be the DNC and the RNC. The Dems have the safety of their convention goers to take into account. They had way more than 61,000 people ready to attend in the stadium...

    September 5, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. wdacdashda

    The DNC gets rain and has to move the third night's venue. RNC gets rained out do to Isaac it's first night. So what? Maybe the RNC organizers were relieved they could bump Trump off the schedule and avoid the "impersonator" fiasco he was planning. Still just a weather deal. Get over it!

    September 5, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    And now, the rest of the story.

    Before the line item vetoes, the budget came in at $32.1 Billion... afterwards, it was $31.7 Billion, a difference of $400 Million, or just over 1% in trims, yet still incresced the budget year over year by 6.8%, amongst the highest in the nation. Source – New York Times.

    Sounds a bit different when you put it that way, eh?
    That $400 million was all cuts to teachers, firefighters, and police officers. It wasn't a problem before he gave $800 million out in tax cuts to job creators.

    Gee, I wonder if it is coincidence that NJ lost out on $400 million of education funds at the same time. Why did they lose out on the federal funds? Because Christie's staff bungled the applications and were given opportunity to fix it but declined

    September 5, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. h2oclerk

    The move indoors – weather? or just so the stands won't look empty? (18000 seats vs 74,000 seats)

    Whatever – he's still a thug, a liar, and an absolute disgrace to the office.

    September 5, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    sunshine7160 wrote:

    I live in North Carolina. A 30% chance of a thunderstorm means it's gonna be a nice day. LOL! we also haven't had bad weather lately. A few thunderstorms here and there but that's it. They just can't fill the 70,000 seats. I laughed out loud when I read this article.
    Hey, Sunshine. The remnants of slow moving hurricane Isaac are currently passing across the eastern coastline.

    September 5, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Jason

    Wow I didnt realize we had this many Weather Meterorologist commenting on this topic. First off, none of you idiots can predict what kind of weather its going to be on thursday. A forecast is a prediction, how many time the weather man said one thing and something else happens. Second, how do you right wing haters know that they didn't sell out tickets. Where is your proof that say's Tickets was not sold out.

    September 5, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Vic or New York

    Seems, the cynics on this blog fall into the same category as the "Birthers" and the rest of the despicable barrel-bottom of American society – that currently identifies itself as "Republican".

    Having been to a number of Obama rallies, I have no doubt that stadium would be filled. My inability to get tickets is proof enough for me. Of course, America has always had to put up with the dregs who think waiving the flag makes them more "American". To them I suggest a better country: Nigeria. That is a TEA Party paradise! Small (i.e. no) government, No Taxes, Carry all the guns you like, No post office or government workers, and no Welfare!

    I for one will buy a ticket for any TEA Partier who will mover there. Failing that, maybe real Americans (Liberals) can pile every Conservative on a boat and send them there.

    September 5, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. twinsis2

    Please see 2016. Movie does not bash the President, but does give a logical, insightful explanation of why he makes the decisions he does. No matter your political affiliation see the movie and come to your own conclusion.

    September 5, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Aditya Adhikari

    On Monday Dems were bringing in people on Buses to fill the 75,000 seat stadium with no roof. and where umbrella's are not allowed heavy Rain was predicted for this city longtime before that.

    If Dems can't see just 4 days forward and not be prepared for that how are they lookig for 4 more years forward????

    Just like the 45000 plus who were promised a seat will be turned away on tomorrow when they are the core supporters of the Obama Biden Ticket what do you think Obama will do for the people who oppose his ideas.

    Footnote: Did anyone hear the news Insurance Preimums for Youth ages 18-25 have gone-up by as much as 35% due to provisions in the Affordable Care Act "Obama Care" There was ticker below CNN this morning till 9am and then it was removed.


    September 5, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Lee

    I heard they were trying to bus people in from all over to fill the stadium. Guess his people just didn't want to be taken for a ride again!!

    September 5, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Mike in SA

    With just a 30% chance of rain and an expected rainfall amount of less than 1/10th of an inch (National Weather Service), why do I get the feeling that this has more to to with them not being able to fill the seats in the stadium - even with busing people in?

    BTW...professional baseball, football and soccer teams deal with this all the time. When lighting comes you move the people under cover for the 15 minutes until it passes, then back to their seats. Safety is NOT the issue here.

    September 5, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    The Democratic National convention in Charlotte North Carolina has been relocated to the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC JANUARY 2013! Come one come all! Let's welcome the dawning of a new era...FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!

    Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE!

    September 5, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Anna

    Poor Obama – isn't drawig the same amount of sheep as 4 years ago, people have finally seen the man for who he really is, a narcissist who cares nothing about bringing this country together or doing what is best for America, only his ideology should reign (well the one Soros paid for).

    September 5, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    "That $400 million was all cuts to teachers, firefighters, and police officers. It wasn't a problem before he gave $800 million out in tax cuts to job creators."
    Wrong again.

    Directly from the New York Times – "Mr. Christie vetoed programs that would send some energy tax receipts to municipalities to help them relieve property taxes. He vetoed a measure that would give towns two additional years to spend money set aside for affordable housing; that money will go into the state’s general fund instead. Some of the vetoes effectively increased the governor’s revenue projections, so the budget now anticipates an increase of more than 9 percent. "

    You just can't make stuff up and not be expected to be called out on it.

    September 5, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. southernwonder

    most red states often have weather problems. the toss up states still have the opportunity.

    September 5, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Tiz

    They can't fill the seats..... it will look like the 4th quarter in a preseason NFL game... what a joke.....

    It sure isn't 2008 anymore..... I think he's going to be really surprised by the amount of people that don't vote for him this time around..... very surprised.....

    September 5, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte North Carolina has been relocated to the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC JANUARY 2013! Come one come all! let's welcome the dawning of a new era! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!


    September 5, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Retired Sailor

    I'm just wondering how many people they had to bus in to make it look like a large crowd

    September 5, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Dan

    It became clear to me watching these two events... RNC appeared to be people remaining true to their commitment to God and a country that was built upon those precepts. DNC.... people surrendering their beliefs to accomodate perversions, sin, and deception for the sake of power and popularity.

    Win or lose the election... those who stand for that which is right in the sight of God will win eternally. It will not matter who actually wins in this 'decision' being made by a nation falling into sin and corruption. But when you stand before your Father in Heaven and His Son, you will be accountable for who you backed and supported on this earth.

    A vote cast is a hand raised in support of either good or evil. Do you support men marrying men and women marrying women? Can you say that to Christ's face? Do you support women and men deciding to discard a child from the womb of a woman and can you stand in front of your creator and say you think this is what we as a nation should be advocating?

    September 5, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Leslie

    Wouldn't it look better for Obama if the stadium was filled even if it rained?

    September 5, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. What if?

    If Obama's organizers had decided to stay put and the rain came, and someone got hit by lightening, can you imagine the backlash from the Republicans? 30% chance is still a chance. I think the Republicans are getting scared.

    September 5, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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