CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 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.
Democrats announced Wednesday morning that they will move Thursday’s convention session from the 73,000-seat Bank of America Stadium and into Time Warner Cable Arena — a 20,000-seat basketball arena already scheduled to host Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s sessions — due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms, which have sporadically occurred throughout the week.
Obama campaign officials said they were expecting 65,000 people to fill the stadium in a scene reminiscent of the 2008 convention, but Mr. Sununu wasn’t buying it Wednesday.
“You can’t believe a thing this administration says,” said Mr. Sununu, a Romney surrogate and former chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush. “Their campaign promised you, rain or shine, the president would be speaking there. Then when they couldn’t get a crowd, they brought it inside.”
DNC organizers said the change of venue will prevent about 45,000 credential holders from attending the convention, but said President Obama will address them during a conference call Thursday afternoon and that many could be invited to see him at other campaign stops before Election Day.