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2012 Democratic National Convention schedule

Here is the current schedule for the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte. Speakers and times are subject to change

 

TUESDAY, Sept. 4

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5 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Eastern) 

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida
 
Invocation
His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas
Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit 
 
Presentation of Colors
Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard
 
Pledge of Allegiance
3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School
Concord, North Carolina
 
National Anthem
Amber Riley
Singer/songwriter and ‘Glee’ actress
 
Remarks
Stephen J. Kerrigan
Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee
 
Welcome Video
 
Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs
Bishop Vashti McKenzie
First woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
The Honorable Julián Castro
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
 
 
Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs
The Honorable Kamala D. Harris
State Attorney General of California
The Honorable Martin O’Malley
Governor of Maryland
 
Appointment of Convention Officers
 
Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair
The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
Mayor of Los Angeles, California
 
Remarks
The Honorable Steny Hoyer
Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention
Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland
Andrew Tobias
Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
Alice Germond
Secretary of the Democratic National Committee
 
Roll Call for Attendance
 

6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (Eastern) 

Platform Committee Remarks
The Honorable Barbara Lee
Member of the US House of Representatives, California
Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (Retired)
First woman to reach rank of three-star general in the US Army
 
Platform Video and Remarks
The Honorable Cory A. Booker
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
 
Remarks
The Honorable Bev Perdue
Governor of North Carolina
 
American Hero Video: Education
 
American Voices Remarks
Ryan Case
 
Remarks
Mary Kay Henry
International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
 
Remarks from Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Charles Gonzalez
Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Nydia M. Velázquez
Member of the US House of Representatives, New York
 
Remarks
The Honorable Pat Quinn
Governor of Illinois
 
Remarks
Doug Stern
Cincinnati, Ohio Firefighter
 
Remarks
The Honorable Tim Kaine
Candidate for the US Senate, Virginia
Former Governor of Virginia
Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
 

7  p.m. - 8 p.m. (Eastern) 

Remarks
The Honorable Anthony R. Foxx
Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
The Honorable Harry Reid
Democratic Majority Leader and Member of the US Senate, Nevada
 
An Economy Built to Last Video: Education
 
Women of the US House of Representatives
 
Jimmy Carter Video
 
Remarks
The Honorable Ken Salazar
 
Kennedy Family Tribute Video
 
Remarks
Joe Kennedy III
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts
 
Live Performance
Ledisi
Singer/songwriter
 
Remarks
The Honorable Robert Wexler
President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
Former Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida
 
 

8 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Eastern) 

Remarks
The Honorable R.T. Rybak
Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Honorable Jared Polis
Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado
 
Stronger Together Video: Reproductive Choice
 
American Voices Remarks
Maria Ciano
 
Remarks
Nancy Keenan
President of the National Abortion Rights Action League - Pro-Choice America (NARAL)
 
Progress for People Video: American Veterans
 
American Voices Remarks
Nate Davis
 
Remarks
The Honorable Tammy Duckworth
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Illinois
Former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Lincoln Chafee
Governor of Rhode Island
The Honorable James E. Clyburn
Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina
 
Progress for People Video: Health Care
 
American Voices Remarks
Stacey Lihn
 
Remarks
The Honorable Xavier Becerra
Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California
 

9 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Eastern) 

The Honorable Ted Strickland
Former Governor of Ohio
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
The Honorable Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Chicago, Illinois
Former White House Chief of Staff
 
Remarks
Kal Penn
Actor/Producer
Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
 
Remarks
Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng
Brother of Mrs. Obama and Sister of President Obama
 
Stronger Together Video: Equal Pay
 
Remarks
Lilly Ledbetter
Women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Honorable Deval Patrick
Governor of Massachusetts
 

10 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Eastern) 

The Honorable Martin O’Malley
Governor of Maryland
 
Introduction of Keynote Speaker Julián Castro
Joaquin Castro
Brother of Mayor Julián Castro
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Texas
  
Keynote Address
The Honorable Julián Castro
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
 
Michelle Obama Video and Remarks
Elaine Brye
 
Remarks
Michelle Obama
First Lady of the United States
 
Benediction
Jena Lee Nardella
Founder and Executive Director of Blood: Water Mission
 
Recess

 


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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5

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4:50 PM – 6:00 PM (Eastern)

Call to Order

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

 

Invocation

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, 10th Episcopal District

First Woman Elected Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

 

Presentation of Colors

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

National Anthem

Branford Marsalis

Saxophonist, Composer, and, Bandleader

 

Remarks

The Honorable Luis V. Gutierrez

Member of the US House of Representatives, Illinois

The Honorable Diana DeGette

Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado

The Honorable John A. Pérez

Speaker and Member of the California State Assembly

The Honorable Thomas M. Menino

Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts

The Honorable Judy Chu

Member of the US House of Representatives, California

Steve Westly

Former State Controller and Chief Financial Officer of California

                                           

An Economy Built to Last Video: Small Business

 

Remarks

The Honorable John Larson

Democratic Caucus Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, Connecticut

Ken Myers

Deputy Sheriff, Carroll County, Iowa

The Honorable Pedro R. Pierluisi

Chair of National Community Mobilization for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Non-Voting Member of the US House of Representatives, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico

The Honorable Steve Israel

Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Member of the US House of Representatives, New York

 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

The Honorable Patty Murray                    

Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Member of the US Senate, Washington

 

An Economy Built to Last Video: Energy

 

Remarks

Tom Steyer

Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Economy

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

Member of the US Senate, New York

 

Remarks from Members of the Congressional Black Caucus

The Honorable Karen Bass

Member of the US House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Al Green

Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas

The Honorable Emanuel Cleaver, II

Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Member of the US House of Representatives, Missouri

The Honorable Dannel Malloy

Governor of Connecticut

Richard Trumka

President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO)

 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

Denise Juneau

Superintendent of the Montana Office of Public Instruction

 

Video and Remarks

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, California

 

Remarks

The Honorable Tom Vilsack

 

Video: Women of the US Senate

 

Women of the US Senate

 

Remarks

The Honorable Barbara Mikulski

Member of the US Senate, Maryland

The Honorable Arne Duncan

 

Progress for People Video: Education

 

American Voices Remarks

Johanny Adames

 

Remarks

The Honorable Jim Hunt

Former and Longest-Serving Governor of North Carolina

 

Remarks and Video in Memoriam

Harvey B. Gantt

Former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Live Performance

Jessica Sanchez

Singer/Songwriter

 

Stronger Together Video: Women’s Health

 

American Voices Remarks

Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Bruce

 

Remarks

Cecile Richards

President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

 

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

The Honorable Steny Hoyer

Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention

Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland

 

American Heroes Video: Veterans

 

American Voices Remarks

Ed Meagher

 

Remarks

The Honorable General Eric Shinseki

The Honorable John Hickenlooper

Governor of Colorado

 

Video: Americans Speak

 

Remarks

Sister Simone Campbell

Executive Director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK

The Honorable Jack Markell

Governor of Delaware

 

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

The Honorable Karen Mills

 

Progress for People Video: Small Business

 

American Voices Remarks

Bill Butcher

 

Remarks

The Honorable Kamala D. Harris

Attorney General of California

 

Stronger Together Video: Immigration

 

Remarks        

Benita Veliz

DREAM Act Activist

Cristina Saralegui

Journalist, Actress, and Talk Show Host

Sandra Fluke

Attorney and Women's Rights Activist

Austin Ligon

Co-Founder and Former CEO of CarMax, Inc.

 

An Economy Built to Last Video: Auto-Industry

 

American Voices Remarks

Karen Eusanio

 

Remarks

Bob King

President of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) 

Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster

Former Employees at Companies Controlled by Romney’s Bain Capital

The Honorable Chris Van Hollen

Former Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland

 

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

Jim Sinegal

Co-Founder and Former CEO of Costco

Elizabeth Warren

Candidate for US Senate, Massachusetts

 

Nomination Process Set-Up

 

Remarks

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

 

Bill Clinton Video

 

Remarks

Bill Clinton

42nd President of the United States

 

Closing Segment

 

Roll Call Vote

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

Alice Germond

Secretary of the Democratic National Committee

 

Benediction

Rabbi David Wolpe

Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, California

 

Retire Colors

 

Recess


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THURSDAY, Sept. 6

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Times TBA

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Remarks

The Honorable Kay Hagan

Member of the US Senate, North Carolina

The Honorable Walter Dalton

Lieutenant Governor, North Carolina

The Honorable G.K. Butterfield

Member of the US House of Representatives, North Carolina

The Honorable David Price

Member of the US House of Representatives, North Carolina

The Honorable Mel L. Watt

Member of the US House of Representatives, North Carolina

 

Remarks

James Rogers

CEO Duke Energy

 

Live Performance

James Taylor

Singer/Songwriter

 

Call to Order

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

 

Invocation

Reverend Gabriel Salguero

President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

 

Presentation of Colors

American Legion Post 400 of Charlotte, North Carolina

Darrell B. Bonapart, Joe Michalic, Robert E. Welch, Marvin R. Weber

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

National Anthem

Marc Anthony

Singer/Songwriter

 

Progress for People Video: Seniors

 

American Voices Remarks

Carol Berman

 

Remarks

The Honorable Donna F. Edwards

Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland

The Honorable Barney Frank

Member of the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts

 

In Memoriam Video and Remarks

The Honorable Harvey Gantt

Former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Eastern)

 

The Honorable John Lewis

Member of the US House of Representatives, Georgia

 

Stronger Together Video: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

 

American Voices

Jason Crow

 

Live Performance

Mary J. Blige

Singer/Songwriter

 

Remarks

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

The Honorable Tammy Baldwin

Candidate for US Senate, Wisconsin

Member of the US House of Representatives, Wisconsin

The Honorable Michael Nutter

Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Stay Stronger Together Video: Marriage Equality

 

American Voices Remarks

Zach Wahls

 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Jim Messina

Campaign Manager, Obama for America

 

American Heroes Video: Auto Workers

 

American Voices

Kenyetta Jones, Ryan Case, Ed Meagher, Martha Figueroa, Lucas Beenken, Rob Hach

 

Vice Presidential Nomination Intro

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

 

Nominating Remarks

Beau Biden

Attorney General of Delaware and Son of Vice President Joe Biden

 

Vote by Acclamation

 

Live Performance

Foo Fighters

Band

 

Remarks

The Honorable James E. Clyburn

Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina

Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington

Actresses

 

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Remarks

Caroline Kennedy

Author and Attorney

The Honorable Xavier Becerra

Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Jennifer Granholm

Former Governor of Michigan

Eva Longoria

Actress

The Honorable Brian Schweitzer

Governor of Montana

The Honorable Charlie Crist, Jr.

Former Governor of Florida

Remarks

The Honorable John Kerry

Member of the US Senate, Massachusetts

 

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Video: Veterans

 

Remarks

Admiral John B. Nathman

United States Navy, Retired

 

Introductory Remarks

Angie Flores

 

Remarks

Dr. Jill Biden

Second Lady of the United States

 

Vice President Joe Biden Video

 

Remarks

The Honorable Joe Biden

Vice President of the United States

 

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Video and Remarks

The Honorable Dick Durbin

Member of the US Senate, Illinois

 

President Barack Obama Video

 

Remarks

Barack Obama

President of the United States

 

Celebration

 

Benediction

His Eminence Timothy Dolan

Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of New York

 

Retire Colors

 

Adjournment