More Convention Speakers Added

The DNCC just announced the following additional speakers to the Convention lineup and the gavel times.

Evan Bayh and Joe Biden are still on the list for Wednesday. Tim Kaine's name still doesn't appear anywhere. But, they stress more names are coming.

Joining the program on Monday, August 25th will be Former President Jimmy Carter; Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar; Miami Mayor Manny Diaz; Illinois state leaders Alexi Giannoulis, Dan Hynes, Lisa Madigan, and Tom Balanoff from Illinois SEIU; long-time Barack Obama mentor Jerry Kellman; NEA President Reg Weaver; AFT President Randi Weingarten; and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan. The theme of Monday’s program is One Nation.


New speakers added to the program on Tuesday, August 26th are Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy; West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, Chair of the Democratic Governors’ Association; Iowa Governor Chet Culver; Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle; California State Controller John Chiang; Change to Win’s Anna Burger; AFL-CIO President John Sweeney; and Planned Parenthood of America President Cecile Richards. The theme of Tuesday’s program is Renewing America’s Promise.

On Wednesday, August 27th, new speakers addressing the theme of Securing America’s Future include Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

Here's the total program as of now:


Monday, August 25 – One Nation.

.....Monday’s headline prime-time speaker will be Michelle Obama.

Other Monday night speakers include:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri; Barack Obama’s sister Maya Soetero-Ng and Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s older brother; Jerry Kellman, mentor and long-time friend of Barack Obama; Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr.; former Indiana Representative Lee Hamilton; Tom Balanoff, President of Illinois SEIU; Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America; NEA President Reg Weaver; AFT President Randi Weingarten; Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan; State Comptroller Dan Hynes; Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulis; Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle; and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Monday night will also feature a tribute to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

Tuesday, August 26 – Renewing America’s Promise.

....Tuesday’s Convention program will feature the voices of Americans who share Barack’s concerns and strongly support his detailed economic plan to grow the economy, create jobs, restore fairness, and expand opportunity.

Senator Hillary Clinton will be the headline prime-time speaker and former Virginia Governor Mark Warner will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday night. Pay Equity pioneer Lilly Ledbetter will also address the Convention on Tuesday.

Other Tuesday speakers will include:
Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana; Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts; Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas; Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona; Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia; Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconsin; Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania; Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio; Governor David Paterson of New York; Governor Chet Culver of Iowa; Senator Bob Casey, Jr., of Pennsylvania; Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont; former Secretary of Energy and Transportation Federico Peña; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; House Democratic Caucus Chair Rahm Emanuel; Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Assistant to the Speaker of the House; and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair Chris Van Hollen, who will use his time to showcase his top candidates for change.

Representatives Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Mike Honda (D-CA), California Controller John Chiang, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Change To Win’s Anna Burger, and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney will also speak.

Wednesday, August 27 – Securing America’s Future.
....Wednesday night’s Convention program will feature the voices of Americans who share Barack’s vision of making America stronger and safer.

The headline prime-time speaker on Wednesday will be Barack Obama’s Vice Presidential Nominee.

Featured speakers will include:
Former President Bill Clinton; former Senator Tom Daschle; Governor Bill Richardson and Senators Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Jay Rockefeller. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Convention home state Senator Ken Salazar, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, and Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) along with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Representative Patrick Murphy (D-PA) and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth will lead a tribute honoring those who give so much to secure our nation’s future – veterans, active duty military and their families.

Thursday, August 28 – Change You Can Believe In.
Obama will communicate the urgency of the moment, highlight the struggles Americans are facing and call on Americans to come together to change the course of our nation. Additional details of the program to precede Barack Obama’s acceptance speech will be announced later this week.

Gavel times are 3pm to 9 pm Monday to Wednesday.

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    So everybody BUT (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:03:59 PM EST
    Charlie Rangel and Wes Clark will be speaking apparently.

    Where's the Kooch? (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:17:13 PM EST
    My main man Dennis Kucinich wasn't invited...I guess the Dems don't want to remind people what a real Dem sounds like.

    Yeh, the Other Nation Under the Bus (none / 0) (#10)
    by Cream City on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:23:08 PM EST
    with Rangel and Clark -- and me.  I won't be there either.  And actually, even though there now are enough speakers at the Dem convention to populate a small country, most of us aren't going to be there.

    So the Other Nation Under the Bus still rules.  And it's more fun, too, with Charlie and Wes.


    Hmm. Is it One Nation Under God (none / 0) (#11)
    by Cream City on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:24:27 PM EST
    and the Other Nation Under the Bus now?  

    Teehee. n/t (none / 0) (#16)
    by jawbone on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 06:34:17 PM EST
    It's a farewell party (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by DJ on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:08:51 PM EST
    for the Democratic Party

    Al Gore (none / 0) (#2)
    by JimWash08 on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:06:15 PM EST
    Isn't he speaking on Thursday too?

    Ugh! Nancy Keenan (none / 0) (#3)
    by goldberry on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:07:23 PM EST
    What a horrid woman.  

    Ugh yes. (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Valhalla on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:37:26 PM EST
    If there were doubts that most of the spots were payoff for Obama-loyalty, she kills those off entirely.

    I like the idea below that it's a farewell party.  Except for the Clintons and maybe Al.


    I am going to go to the (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jjc2008 on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:09:09 PM EST
    SUFFRAGE MARCH  honoring both Hillary and 88 years since women got the right to vote.  
    I wonder if anyone will be speaking there.

    Ben Smith Says... (none / 0) (#6)
    by bmc on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:12:59 PM EST
    to commenters (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:13:38 PM EST
    long urls skew the site requiring deletion of your comment. Use the link button at the top of your comment box, or use tinyurl.com.

    After reading that list... (none / 0) (#9)
    by kdog on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:18:38 PM EST
    if I were in Denver I'd go the movies with the homeless, or the free speech cage...better company and potentially something worth hearing.

    Dilution (none / 0) (#12)
    by badu on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:33:38 PM EST
    Think they are trying to dilute any impression made by Hillary or Bill?  Is this the entire party's 15 minutes of fame?

    6 hours=360 minutes (none / 0) (#14)
    by DFLer on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 03:42:47 PM EST
    divided by 28 speakers (Tues) = 12.857142857142857142857142857143 minutes per speaker, including entrances and exits.

    also no (none / 0) (#15)
    by AlSmith on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 05:45:54 PM EST

    Kwame Kirkpatrick or John Edwards

    Also I guess the Democratic party has no further use for Mike Easley?

    or (none / 0) (#18)
    by nemo52 on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 06:37:16 PM EST
    the Muslim guy from Michigan

    Numerically, chances that someone will talk about (none / 0) (#17)
    by jawbone on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 06:36:08 PM EST
    real Democratic principles should increase. However....

    Given who's vetting them, and the control freak nature of the campaign....