The Democratic National Convention kicked off with welcoming remarks from DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz at 5:00p ET/2:00 Pacific today, Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The broadcast networks are expected to pick up live coverage at 10:00p/7:00 Pacific with then Keynote address by the Honorable Julián Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas – the first Latino keynoter at a Democratic convention. He will be followed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Cable coverage will include openly gay Anderson Cooper on CNN and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.
Here are some of speakers of interest:
In the 5:00/2:00-6:00/3:00 Pacific block:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Co chairs – including Kamala Harris and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
Antonio Villaraigosa gavels the convention open
Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
Openly gay Treasure Andrew Tobias
In the 6:00/3:00-7/4:00 Pacific block:
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), vice-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus in Congress, presents the historic Party Platform with marriage equality – along with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy (ret), the first woman three-star general in the U.S. Army.
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, who vigorously fought against the antigay marriage ballot initiative that recently passed in the state.
In the 7/4:00-8/5:00 Pacific block – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) who, while soft-spoken, can be very outspoken against the Republicans.
In the 8/5:00-9/6:00 Pacific block –
Openly gay Rep. Jared Polis – who is in a longterm relationship with a child. He also has been working to help re-take Congress.
In the 9/6—10/7:00 Pacific block
HHS Kathleen Sebeilus who asked the jam-packed LGBT Caucus: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Loud response: “YES!
10/7-11/8:00Pacific – keynote by Keynote Address: The Honorable Julián Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
Remarks: Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States