September 06, 2012 at 9:16 am
By Melissa E. Holsman
Treasure Coast Newspapers
CHARLOTTE — President Obama and Vice President Biden on Thursday night will accept the Democratic nomination for president and vice president at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Party organizers said original plans were for an open-air event at Bank of America Stadium, but the threat of severe thunderstorms at the time of his 10 p.m. speech influenced the decision to bring the entire Thursday night event indoors.
The night also will feature remarks from former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who last week endorsed Obama for re-election. But before witnessing Obama’s acceptance speech, Florida delegates will be busy hearing from other party leaders and attending activities planned by the Democratic National Committee. Here’s some scheduled highlights:
Florida Delegation Breakfast Program in the ballroom of the Marriott City Center
The 8 a.m. breakfast meeting features speakers Ashley Judd; Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who serves as chairman of the Democratic Governors’ Association; Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; Florida U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Frederica Wilson; and campaign manager David Plouffe.
Morning Prayer Gathering
The one-hour morning prayer, hosted by the DNC and DNCC, begins at 9 a.m., at the Charlotte Convention Center.
“Celebrating Voting Rights: The Struggle Continues”
The Georgia Democratic Party will sponsor this brunch event from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Executive Hotel in Charlotte. The event, hosted by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, will pay tribute to Congressman John Lewis, Joseph E. Lowery and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
The Hill’s Healthcare Town Hall Meeting
Join The Hill, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and health care experts for a town hall meeting from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mint Museum Uptown, in Charlotte. The event is sponsored by the nurse anesthetists association, AARP, American Podiatric Medicine Association, Walgreens and Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc.
The Democratic National Convention begins at 5 p.m. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will accept the Democratic nominations for president and vice president.
Other scheduled speakers include former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist; U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois; Caroline Kennedy; U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts; Obama campaign co-chair Eva Longoria; and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
Other speakers and times to be announced.