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Emanuel And Clinton Will Up Democratic Effort While Obama's Speech Gets Moved Indoors

Michael Juliani |
September 5, 2012 | 9:42 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer


President Obama speaking at American University.  (Wikimedia Commons)
President Obama speaking at American University. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Democrats will move President Barack Obama's Thursday convention speech indoors due to the possibility of severe weather in Charlotte, N.C., according to the Associated Press.

Obama was planning on accepting the presidential nomination in a football stadium filled with 74,000 people, but officials said that thunderstorms were predicted.

Thursday's entire convention program, which includes a speech by Vice President Joe Biden, will also be moved indoors to the Time Warner Cable Arena, where the first two days of the convention took place.

The arena holds 21,000 people, limiting the number Obama will speak to in person.

The Republicans had to cancel the first day of their convention in Tampa, Fla., due to weather, also, but accused the Democrats of pulling back on their convention programming because of low enthusiasm.

"After promising to hold the event at Bank of America stadium rain or shine, suddenly Team Obama is moving inside after questions about enthusiasm for the event," said Kirsten Kukowski, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, according to the Associated Press.  "What's the real forecast for the speech?  Forty percent chance of lies and scattered excuses."

If the Democrats had gone through the with original plan, the possibility of a storm might have meant that the speech would have to be spontaneously cancelled.

Democratic officials were reportedly worried that a storm would prevent tens of thousands of people from reaching the stadium.

The officials also anticipated the possibility of hecklers landing some of the free tickets to the event, and a move indoors means that almost the entire crowd will be official convention participants, the Associated Press said.

Wednesday also brought news that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel will drop his position as an honorary chairman to help fundraise for the Obama campaign, according to the Washington Post.

Emanuel, well-known for his fundraising and strategical skills, has been working the with pro-Obama SuperPac Priorities USA for the last two weeks.

According to the Washington Post, Emanuel said he was "helping, not running" the organization.  "It's that simple.  I'm going to help where I can to get the President re-elected and this is where I can probably be most helpful in the final days."

Democrats are hoping that Emanuel's new role will help charge motivation during the last leg of the campaign.

They have been out-fundraised by Romney's campaign.

The Republicans announced that they raised $100 million for the third straight month.  

The Democrats have yet to release their numbers for August.

Emanuel appeared on several morning talk shows Wednesday, talking about connections between President Obama and former president Bill Clinton, who will speak Wednesday night at the DNC, according to Newsday.

The last two Democratic presidents shared "similar values, similar policies and similar objectives," Emanuel said.

Despite a contentious past relationship between Clinton and Obama, highlighted by their differences during the 2008 primaries, when Obama ran against Clinton's wife, Hillary, for the nomination, Emanuel said that Clinton "can do nothing but help" Obama's 2012 campaign.

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Tuesday night, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the convention.  


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