Convention Coverage DNC

As thousands of delegates to the Democratic National Convention celebrated the re-nomination of Barack Obama for a second term as president, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Eric Kearney of North Avondale said the president showed "great courage" in his acceptance speech.

"It took great courage for him to use that line from Abraham Lincoln,'' Kearney said from the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

The Ohio delegation got a warning from Jesse Jackson about the upcoming election and also heard from former governor Ted Strickland.  Tonight, President Obama speaks (in a dry venue):  Here's the latest from WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson in a chat with Mark Heyne:

Tina Bayne of Springfield Township thought earlier this year about running for one of the 1st Congressional delegate spots to the Democratic National Convention, but, as she said, she "chickened out."

"You had to go out and get people to vote for you,'' she said.

Instead she came to Charlotte this week as one of the thousands of volunteers who have been working in Time Warner Cable Arena, helping guide delegates around the building, checking credentials and making sure people could find their way around a crowded and often chaotic convention hall.

Tina Bayne of Springfield Township thought earlier this year about running for one of the 1st Congressional delegate spots to the Democratic National Convention, but, as she said, she "chickened out."

"You had to go out and get people to vote for you,'' she said.

Instead she came to Charlotte this week as one of the thousands of volunteers who have been working in Time Warner Cable Arena, helping guide delegates around the building, checking credentials and making sure people could find their way around a crowded and often chaotic convention hall.

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Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson - man who has ran for the presidency twice - told Ohio delegates  they have to beware of what he calls Republican efforts to keep down the Democratic vote this fall, in Ohio and elsewhere.

"You can win the debate, and lose the election,'' Jackson told Ohio delegates at their final morning breakfast at the Oasis Shriners' Lodge in Charlotte.

Last night, convention managers arranged for the key battleground state of Ohio to cast the ballots that officially gave Barack Obama the nomination, but former governor Ted Strickland said Thursday morning that Ohio Democrats have a more important job to do.

"It was Ohio that cast the votes to make President Obama the nominee of this party,'' Strickland told Ohio Democrats at their daily delegation breakfast in Charlotte. "But now we have a more important job - delivering to President Obama Ohio's electoral votes on Nov. 6."

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about activities at the Democratic National Convention. 

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

The first bit of discord at the Democratic National Committee came early in Wednesday's session when former Ohio governor Ted Strickland introduced a platform amendment mentioning God and declaring that the party believes Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Strickland, a Methodist minister and co-chairman of the platform committee, made the motion shortly after the Wednesday session began, saying God and faith "informed the development" of the original platform presented to the convention.

DNC afternoon update

Sep 5, 2012

Sherrod Brown's re-election battle and a cake from the challengers were a couple of the highlights from the Democratic National Convention today.  The big event tonight involves Bill Clinton, who's played a role in every Democratic National Cnvention since 1972.  Howard Wilkinson speaks with Mark Heyne:

The seating arrangements on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena tell it all when it comes to Kentucky's role in this presidential election.

The Bluegrass State's 73 delegates are about halfway back in the arena, up against the far wall, to the left of the speaker's podium - not the prime position that goes to key battleground states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

Ohio's senior U.S. senator, Sherrod Brown, told the Ohio delegation at its breakfast Wednesday morning that no Democratic senator in the country is facing the kind of torrent of spending on negative advertising from conservative Super PACs that he is.

"In spite of the $16 million they are spending against me, they are wasting their money,'' Brown said to the delegates. "And that $16 million does not include the electronic billboards, the direct mail and the radio ads they are running against me."

The Democratic National Convention Committee just announced that President Obama's Thursday night acceptance speech has been moved out of the open air Bank of America football stadium because of the threat of severe weather in Charlotte.

It will be moved back to the Time Warner Cable Forum, the basketball arena where the first two nights of the convention are being held.

Organizers had hoped to have a crowd of about 70,000 for the acceptance speech in the stadium that is home to the Carolina Panthers of the NFL.

Jim Messina, the campaign manager for the Obama-Biden re-election campaign, came to the Ohio delegation breakfast Wednesday morning telling delegates that they know they will be outspent in Ohio, but that the Obama  campaign will turn out the voters.

"We need to make the 2008 from-the-ground-up election look like Jurassic Park,'' Messina told the delegates and guests gathered for the daily delegation breakfast at the Oasis Shriners Lodge.

The oddest thing that has happened yet to the Ohio delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte happened this morning at the delegation's breakfast at the Oasis Shriners' Lodge.

The Ohio Republican Party and the Romney campaign in Ohio delivered an over-sized decorated cake to the breakfast - and the Ohio Democrats were not amused.

The cake had a message: "It's impossible...it's unpatriotic...We're not better off."

WVXU's Political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the Democratic National Convention, from Ted Strickland's speech, to Sherrod Brown talking at the Ohio Delegation Breakfast this morning.

In a seven-minute speech at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, former Ohio governor Ted Strickland used the example of several Ohio workers to illustrate his argument that President Obama's rescue of the auto industry helped turn around Ohio's economy.

And he pointedly said that Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney, opposed the bailout of the auto industry.

Nate Davis of Cincinnati -  who spent four years as a Marine and served for 11 months in Iraq - took the stage at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte to tell Democrats here and the nation how the Obama administration has helped him achieve his dreams.

"With every step, he's had a huge impact on veterans,'' said Davis. "Not only did he get us what we needed overseas, he's been there for us at home. He's helped us get jobs, gotten guys help for PTSD, stood strong with military families."

Cincinnati firefighter Doug Stern - who campaigned hard to repeal Senate Bill 5 in last year's election - told the crowd at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night that the Republican Party is guilty of an assault on working people - particularly public employees like firefighters and police officers.

"Republicans must stop obstructing the middle class,'' said Stern, a member of Cincinnati Firefighters Local 48 to the crowd at Time Warner Cable Arena. "They must pass the president's jobs bill."

There are quite a few Ohio ties on this first day of the Democratic National Convention from the Health and Human Services secretary to a Cincinnati firefighter who spoke out against Ohio Senate Bill 5.  WVXU's Howard Wilkinson chats with Mark Heyne:

Actress Ashley Judd - native Kentuckian and actress - provided some star power to Tuesday's morning's breakfast of Ohio delegates at the Oasis Shriners' Lodge in Charlotte.

Judd, who lives in Tennessee, made a brief speech to the Ohio delegates where she brought up a subject that had yet to be mentioned in any of the Ohio delegation meetings - abortion.

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