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2012 Democratic National Convention

The latest news, photos, video and opinion coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

President Obama accepts his party's nomination for a second term as President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Obama appeals to voters for more time

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Accepting his party's nomination for re-election, President Obama on Thursday said voters face the most momentous election of a generation and told them they must choose between locking in his vision of a government that works to boost the most vulnerable, or side with Republicans in rolling back his agenda. Published September 6, 2012

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Big acts take to a smaller stage

- The Washington Times

When President Obama moved his Thursday night acceptance speech from Bank of American Stadium to an indoor arena, the star-studded entertainment moved with him, giving the fortunate few delegates and special guests an intimate evening with some of the superstars of music.

Democrats' rhetoric driven by auto bailout

- The Washington Times

Democrats here clearly think they have a political winner in President Obama's decision to bail out the American auto industry, but numbers on the bailout's cost released this week suggest that the move could pose some political potholes for both presidential campaigns this fall.

Former President George W. Bush (AP photo)

Democrats recall Bush more than GOP did

- The Washington Times

While Republicans rarely brought up former President George W. Bush at their convention last week, Democrats gleefully have paraded him through theirs, saying he left President Obama a mess he's still working to clean up.

Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Both campaigns using Bill Clinton in TV, email ads

- The Washington Times

Less than 24 hours after Bill Clinton delivered a full-throated endorsement of President Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the battle for Bubba raged on over the airwaves and in the email in boxes Thursday.

President Obama speaks at a campaign event in Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Obama predicts 'barrage of negative ads'

- The Washington Times

After canceling his stadium-sized speech, President Obama on Thursday told the thousands of supporters who missed out on seeing him that he's still counting on them to do the legwork required to get him re-elected.

Former Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Convention head Villaraigosa blames delegates in ugly platform fight at DNC

- The Washington Times

Furiously trying to paper over a platform battle that muddied the party's message and forced President Obama to intervene, Democratic National Convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa said the anger and confusion over the way he managed a vote restoring passages on God and Jerusalem as Israel's capital to the platform Wednesday was the fault of unhappy delegates who failed to object to his ruling.

President Obama joins former President Bill Clinton onstage Sept. 5, 2012, after Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

Clinton returns to back Obama at DNC

- The Washington Times

Democrats rushed to clean up a party platform mess Wednesday and moved to officially re-nominate President Obama for a second term in office as his predecessor, former President Bill Clinton, said voters this year must choose between Republicans' "winner-take-all" vision of success and his own party's "shared prosperity."

"He's seen as anti-coal. Some people feel as if the mines aren't operating as fully as they could be." - Charlene Marshall, the former mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., and now a state legislator and delegate at the convention. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Obama seen as 'anti-coal' figure

- The Washington Times

The uneasy relationship between President Obama and coal-state Democrats is on display at the party's convention this week, with delegates from states such as West Virginia and Kentucky openly acknowledging the president has dug himself a hole.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat (Associated Press)

Caucus leader vows get-out-the-vote campaign

- The Washington Times

While enthusiasm for President Obama among black voters has waned a bit since his first run at the White House in 2008, the Democratic Party will do what is necessary to ensure black voters turn out to secure his re-election, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus said in an interview Wednesday.

Delegate’s front-row seat a bully pulpit on what we eat

- The Washington Times

Vani Hari had a tube of lipstick, a front-row seat and a message. Amid the sea of signs waved by delegates at the Democratic National Convention, the 33-year-old North Carolina delegate stood with her "Forward" sign held high, crowned by the words "Label GMOs!" written in lipstick red.

Benita Veliz, a student who had her deportation halted under President Obama's non-deportation policies, addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

Young face put on illegal migration at DNC

- The Washington Times

Democrats broke yet another barrier Wednesday when they invited an illegal immigrant young adult onto the stage at their nominating convention in Charlotte — part of a historic Hispanic outreach program that the party hopes will cement ties to the fast-growing ethnic voting bloc in the country.

President Bill Clinton gestures as he is introduced at the Democratic National Convention in the Staples Center in August 2000 in Los Angeles. Not every member of the Democratic Party remains enthralled with the contentious and sometimes chaotic Clinton years. (Associated Press)

Clinton charisma a concern for Democrats

- The Washington Times

Bill Clinton is a president who loves the limelight and being adored, and is so good at performing on a grand stage that there's always a chance he will overshadow anyone that comes after him. On Wednesday night, his charisma and spotlight-stealing skills faced a major test as he spoke for another Democratic candidate, President Obama.

A rough morning after for Obama on jobs

- The Washington Times

President Obama is expected to thrill supporters Thursday night when he speaks at the Democratic National Convention, but the good feeling could be short-lived with the arrival of a critical jobs report to be released Friday morning.

A changed Obama reins in the rhetoric

- The Washington Times

President Obama's partisan tone on the campaign trail these days is a far cry from his idealism of 2004, when the fresh-faced Illinois state senator introduced himself to the nation with his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

**FILE** Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican (Associated Press)

Surrogates play high-stakes game of political football

- The Washington Times

For Democrats, this week's convention is an opportunity to meet, greet and put a collective best foot forward to the national electorate. For Republicans, it's an opportunity to poke and prod, issue rebuttals, and generally make like the snarky Stadler and Waldorf from "The Muppet Show."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks at a breakfast news briefing Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. (Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor)

Pelosi says Dems' takeover of House is within reach

- The Washington Times

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi isn't a mathematician, but on Wednesday she shared with reporters an intricate arithmetical formula that shows a "very doable" path for Democrats to win back the House in the November elections.

The skyline of Charlotte, N.C., rises behind the Bank of America Stadium (foreground). President Obama's renomination acceptance speech, scheduled for Thursday night at the stadium, has been moved indoors because of concerns about the weather. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Obama scrubs stadium speech over weather concerns

- The Washington Times

There will be no replay of Denver 2008 as organizers of the Democratic National Convention announced Wednesday that President Obama's planned outdoor acceptance speech at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., has been moved indoors because of threatening rain in the forecast.

First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, 2012, its opening night, at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Michelle Obama hails husband as 'man we can trust' during DNC speech

- The Washington Times

First lady Michelle Obama pleaded with voters Tuesday to reward her husband with re-election, telling delegates at the Democrats' convention that President Obama comes from humble beginnings and was able to reach the White House by taking advantage of the same kind of government assistance he is defending on the campaign trail.

After the 'better off' gaffe, O'Malley seeking to make amends

- The Washington Times

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley touted the nation's economic gains under President Obama during a speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, as he sought to erase comments he made days earlier when he said Americans are no better off than they were in 2008.

** FILE ** Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks Sept. 4, 2012, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Associated Press)

Emanuel: Election will shape nation's future

Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the winner of the 2012 presidential election will have an opportunity to shape the country for decades to come and he urged voters to give President Barack Obama a second term.

Police officers use their bicycles to create a perimeter to keep protesters inside a designated area along Stonewall Street in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. Protesters are allowed to march and demonstrate at the Democratic National Convention but are being kept well away from DNC venues. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Free-speech zone proves audience-free

- The Washington Times

Standing atop a creaky wooden platform above a muddy, fenced-in field, protester Bob Kunst gave a dozen or so cardboard rubbish bins near the Democratic National Convention a piece of his mind.

Joe Kennedy III, candidate for the House of Representatives from Massachusetts, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kennedy political torch passes to a new generation of Democrats

- The Washington Times

For three days in Charlotte, a parade of prominent Democrats — including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and President Obama himself — will try to rev up the base with live speeches. But one voice that dominated party politics for decades will be notably absent: the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Abortion issue sets tone 
for attracting women at DNC

- The Washington Times

Inside the convention hall Tuesday, Democrats affirmed themselves as the pro-choice party, delivering the most detailed discussion of contraceptives and reproductive health in major-party political history and adopting a platform that defends abortion, including taxpayer funding for the procedure.

President Obama holds up a bottle of beer Sept. 4, 2012, as he delivers a case of White House brewed beer to the firefighters at Fire Station No. 14 in Norfolk, Va., during an unscheduled campaign stop. (Associated Press)

Obama's road to renomination had few real hurdles

- The Washington Times

President Obama is poised to win his party's nomination unanimously at this week's Democratic National Convention after quixotic candidates in Oklahoma and West Virginia who won sizable chunks of primary votes weren't eligible to collect delegates.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his wife, Jill, arrive in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday for the Democratic National Convention. His enthusiasm and joviality are seen as assets. (Associated Press)

Opposite Biden attracts Obama loyalty

- The Washington Times

When explaining why President Obama has stuck by Joseph R. Biden for 3½ years of gaffes, overly exuberant flourishes and fumbles, political observers like to say the vice president is everything Mr. Obama is not: a garrulous, unscripted, yet seasoned political operator who loves to glad-hand and connect one on one.

**FILE** President Obama listens to former President Bill Clinton speak Dec. 10, 2010, in the White House briefing room in Washington. (Associated Press)

Clinton, Obama set aside rivalry for election

- Associated Press

When Bill Clinton takes the convention stage in prime time Wednesday to praise President Barack Obama, it will be the most visible step on a path toward reconciliation for two former rivals whose political fortunes are now inextricably linked.

** FILE ** South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

S.C. Republicans Haley, Scott crash Dems' convention

- Associated Press

A pair of South Carolina Republicans — Gov. Nikki Haley and U.S. Rep. Tim Scott — crashed the Democrats' gathering in Charlotte on Tuesday to tell people why they shouldn't re-elect President Obama.

First lady Michelle Obama waves as she appears at the podium for a camera test on the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

First lady's focus is drawing contrast with Romney

- Associated Press

Michelle Obama rarely mentions Mitt Romney by name. But everything she says during this presidential campaign is meant to draw a contrast between her husband and his Republican challenger.

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Democrats travel tricky electoral path with gay marriage

- The Washington Times

President Obama's conversion on gay marriage back in May was a bold, public celebration of gay community pride, punctuated with a flurry of lavish Hollywood fundraisers. It played extremely well in Los Angeles, New York and blue regions across the country.

Teachers unions face fight within party

- The Washington Times

The overwhelming power of teachers unions, Democrats' most loyal foot soldiers for decades, has sparked tensions within the party as some question whether the labor groups have made public school reform — a key policy goal of President Obama — more difficult.

Bedbugs, like those shown here, have been reported at nine of the hotels being used for the Democratib National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Associated Press)

Bedbugs an increasing concern at DNC hotels

- The Washington Times

You think incumbent politicians are hard to get rid of? Try bedbugs. The blood-sucking insects have made a resurgence in recent years, including reports of them at nine of the hotels being used for Democrats' nominating convention this week in Charlotte.

Charlotte Police K-9 units keep watch over the crowd as the Occupy Charlotte movement holds a protest march through the streets of uptown Charlotte, N.C. during the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/The Star, Ben Earp)

HURT: Convention security the embodiment of a police state

Welcome to the police state. In Tampa, Fla., and now here in Charlotte, N.C., thousands of troops, police and Secret Service agents flood the city and set up giant perimeters around the convention sites. They close off public land, shut down streets and take over private property.

** FILE ** In this Oct. 13, 2009, file photo, actress Eva Longoria is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, during an event announcing the leadership of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

Democrats’ glitterati not as sparkly as 2008

- The Washington Times

Republicans are usually scrambling to add a little star power to their conventions, but in Tampa, Fla., last week, Clint Eastwood stole the spotlight and set off his very own Twitter war, galvanizing both the right and the left like few other convention speeches in recent memory.

Visitors take photos of the main stage during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention's facilities at Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

DNC security rules trigger free speech worries

- Associated Press

Starting Saturday, someone walking through Charlotte's central business district could run afoul of the law by carrying water bottles, hair spray, socks or magic markers under sweeping security rules enacted ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

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Former Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Obama's party says no to God

- The Washington Times

The most memorable moment of the Democratic National Convention was when the delegates denied God three times from the convention floor. It was the latest blunder in an Obama re-election effort that increasingly looks like it doesn't have a prayer.

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at Norfolk State University, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

MILLER: Obama's not-so-faithful party

- The Washington Times

The bloom was off the rose for Democrats as their convention kicked off in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. The attempt to recapture the magic of the 2008 election is faltering as party faithful are running away from the incumbent candidate, President Obama, to preserve their own political careers.

Illustration Fighting Over the Country by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

WILDER: Advice to my fellow Democrats

In 1969, I ran for the Virginia state Senate as a Democrat. Not because any party grandees came to my door and begged -- or even suggested -- I throw my hat in the ring. I did it because I talked with my friends and neighbors in Richmond and across the state.

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** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) prepares to speak on Friday, Nov. 3, 2011, at the town hall in Exeter, N.H., as former Gov. John Sununu pulls up his socks. (Associated Press)

Sununu: Democrats moved convention indoors because of poor attendance

Never one to miss an opportunity to criticize Democrats, former New Hampshire governor and Republican John Sununu theorized Wednesday afternoon that the party is moving the final night of its Democratic National Convention because it can't fill the planned venue, and not because of possible bad weather.

** FILE ** Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (The Washington Times)

Democrats deny speaking time to D.C. statehood

While they buried a call for statehood-type rights for the District of Columbia in their platform, Democrats will not have advocates speak about the issue from the podium during their three-day convention in Charlotte, the city's representative to Congress said on Tuesday.