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Live Blog: Tuesday At The Democratic National Convention

Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
September 4, 2012

Good evening from Charlotte, N.C., where Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz gaveled the convention to order promptly at 5 p.m. ET. in Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.

Schultz, who is also the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said that throughout the next three days, “we will demonstrate we need to keep President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden four more years.”

We will keep tabs on the convention all night. I’ll be joined by NPR’s Liz Halloran and photographer Becky Lettenberger will bring us some of the sights. Make sure to click your refresh button to see the latest.

Update at 6:53 p.m. ET. ‘Fired Up, Ready To Go’:

Throughout this campaign, there’s been a lot of talk about whether President Obama would be able to rekindle the kind of fervor he sparked in 2008.

As Ron put it earlier, that’s one of the big questions during this convention.

Before the proceedings started, I took a trip down to the convention floor. It was a raucous scene with the Louisiana delegation, leading the way. They were loud and musical and suddenly after a tweaked rendition of “When The Saints Go Marching In,” they segued into a familiar call and response.

“Fired up!” one side chanted. “Ready to go!” the other side responded.

Like “Yes, we can,” that call and response was widely used by the Obama campaign in 2008.

“The spirit is high, the energy is high,” said Jennifer Vidrine, a Louisiana delegate and the mayor of Ville Platte. She said times were tough right now but they were celebrating because President Obama had led the the country out of “such a big ditch.”

“We’re adding jobs,” she said. “Maybe not at the pace we would like, but it’s growing.”

I found Donald Hughes, a North Carolina delegate, dancing on the side of the stage. He’s 24 and sharply dressed: a black suit, cropped trousers accentuated by black-and-white sneakers. This is his second convention. His first was in 2008 in Denver, when Obama accepted his party’s nomination buoyed by an outpouring of youthful enthusiasm.

Hughes said that in 2008, Obama was seen as the first president for a new generation. That hasn’t changed, said Hughes. The president declared his support for gay marriage and he issued an executive order to halt the deportation of young undocumented immigrants, he said.

“All of that proves that he is courageous and bold even in situations that are politically risky,” Hughes said.

Update at 5:31 p.m. ET. The Schedule For Tonight:

Of course, tonight’s stars are featured first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro. Just so you have an idea of how the night will unfold, here’s a quick rundown of the notables scheduled to speak tonight.

At the 9 p.m. ET. hour:

– Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

– Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

– Of Harold & Kumar fame, actor Kal Penn

– Fair pay activist Lily Ledbetter

– Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

At the 10 p.m. primetime hour:

– San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro

– First Lady Michelle Obama [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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