Rumors are swirling before the long holiday about Sen. Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention this August.
Two officials told the Associated Press the campaign may move the convention acceptance speech to the Denver Broncos football stadium — formally known as Invesco Field at Mile High — so he can bring in voters to witness the historic event.
Before he locked up the nomination, an Obama source told me privately this was under consideration, noting that JFK made a similar move in 1960.
The Denver Post has lots of details, including Obama hinting to them in an interview he was eyeing a bigger venue:
Obama, who will become the first African American major party nominee, spoke in an interview with The Denver Post of a desire to include more people from the public at the convention. The interview took place before word of the venue change became known, but Obama spoke of his desire to reform how conventions are funded.
“One of the concerns we had from the beginning of this campaign is the tendency for special interests and lobbyists to dominate the political process,” Obama said.
“That’s why we don’t take (Political Action Committee) money. We don’t take money from federally registered lobbyists. We’ve instituted a system that now the (Democratic National Committee) doesn’t either. I think it’s important that we don’t have a situation in which access to the convention is subject to the highest bidder.
“So we’re looking at a range of options to make sure that ordinary people feel like they can participate.”
Read the AP report here:
And have a wonderful holiday.
I’ll leave you with this video Joseph Pounder of Team McCain sent reporters this morning:
— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times
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