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Dems move Obama convention speech to Charlotte stadium

Posted January 17, 2012

— The Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama, the party's presumptive presidential nominee in the November election, will make his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The DNC is holding its presidential nominating convention in Charlotte Sept. 3-6.

“This convention is going to be not just a transaction, but a point of transformation," Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said in a statement. "We are going to use this convention to make a lasting positive impact in this community and across the state and region."

Moving the final night of the convention from Time Warner Cable Arena to the football stadium is similar to the shift the DNC made in 2008. Then, Obama accepted his first presidential nomination at was what then known as Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver.

The party also said Monday that the first day of the convention, which falls on Labor Day, would be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway and would be dedicated to celebrating families and the Southeast.

“We wanted to find a way to truly make this convention different than any other in history," DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a statement. "We want this convention to be about more than just the pageantry and speeches you see on television. This is about engaging Americans in a meaningful way."

“With changes in format and venue ... we are underlining the mission of this convention -- to engage Americans,” Steve Kerrigan, chief executive of the Democratic National Convention Committee, said in a statement.


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  • Its the who what Jan 18, 2012

    Yall are gonna be so mad when he wins in 2012. I can't wait to read all the hate filled comments!!!

  • swray001 Jan 18, 2012

    Obama has not worked one day in three years. You call spending money is working. Get real he stays of vacation.

  • stewartd11 Jan 18, 2012

    Well Bank of America was bailed out under Bush, and it gave the government a $4.5 billion profit whoever was responsible for initiating it.

  • mep Jan 18, 2012

    Ironic... Obama is speaking at the Bank of America stadium.
    One of the many of the banks Obama bailed out, and now many people rail against. Perhaps only the 1% will show up?

  • casp3r Jan 18, 2012

    How come obama followers always look so foolish on here lol... wooo hoooo go obama 2012, you haven't screwed this nation up enough yet... oh wait, that was all bush fault, nothing u have done this pass 3 years has done anything to damage this country. Only bush and those evil tea partiers lol

  • ger Jan 17, 2012

    "Totally pathetic.Come on 2012 so we can get an American in office so he can represent American values"

    lol. Obama 2012, birth certificate et al.

  • ger Jan 17, 2012

    i am so pumped. Obama 2012 NC style. the stadium will be PACKED.

  • jblake1932 Jan 17, 2012

    Totally pathetic.Come on 2012 so we can get an American in office so he can represent American values!!

  • mikeyj Jan 17, 2012

    How's that HOPEY CHANGY thing going Charlotte? Stand BY! the stadium will probably come out of this with a new name B.O. Field.

  • fayncmike Jan 17, 2012

    "yep, my small business friends cant wait to see this president go. They are talking a big game but no one has done well under the food stamp president. our insurance has gone up specfically because of obamacare. this guy is all talk no walk.

    You may tell your small business friends all is well and they may go ahead and replace the tires on their pushcarts.