Share & Connect
Representatives of the DNCC, DNC and the Obama for America campaign spoke about the decision to move the last day of the Democratic National Convention to the Tima
The impressive 70,000-plus seats of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, will not be filled with excited supporters of the Democratic candidate for the 2012 US Elections, President Barack Obama. Instead, the highly anticipated Democratic National Convention speech will be delivered in the confinements of the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Representatives of the DNCC, DNC and the Obama for America campaign spoke about the decision to move the last day from the Stadium at today’s press briefing.
The move has proved a bit of a challenge for the organizers; a main issue being that the cut in seating space will affect the amount of people able to be in attendance. People with the ‘community credentials’ will not be able to attend the speech at the arena, but the organizers reiterated that they were much concerned with making sure no one felt left out. They expect that people who are in Charlotte will come together at public house parties at bars and restaurants, celebrating the nomination nonetheless.
It is too early to say how much the change in venue will impact the budget of the convention, but the organizers expect some expense on that behalf.
Disappointment was also expressed in having to move President Obama’s speech to the Arena, as delegates and representatives had hoped to re-create some of the excitement from four years ago in Denver. Organizers told the media earlier today that there will not be enough time to arrange balloons under the roof for tonight’s event, but at the briefing, DNC representatives reassured that there will still be “lots of energy” and that the Presidents speech would provide enough excitement for the crowd.
The decision to move the speech indoors was taken yesterday after organizers feared that bad weather would come in the way of a smooth-running event.
What, then, can we expect to hear from Obama? Representatives said that the speech will be more about why the American people should support Obama rather than why they shouldn’t support the Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
They noted that while the Republican campaign has been much about re-defining Romney and pointing out the faults of the last four years, the Obama campaign has not felt it needed to define what President Obama stands for.
A representative added: “Everyone who’s been out there traveling with the President, knows that he talks about a number of [...] policy issues out on the trail and we can expect to hear the same thing from him this evening.” She hopes that the undecided voters will pay attention so they can cross-check the facts and the policies and understand what President Obama stands for and where he is different.
The Obama camp is confident in the message they are delivering and the achievements they have accomplished so far. After tonight, they hope voters will be too.
Image Courtesy of NewsHour