Americans. Moderate Republicans. Perhaps even the president's daughters.
Democratic National Convention planners have their way, those could be
some of the featured speakers at the three-day confab in Charlotte next
month that nominates President Obama for re-election.
An early draft of the convention plans published by Politico
this morning includes those potential highlights of a convention that
will seek to burnish Obama's fighting-for-the-middle-class image and
bash Republican opponent Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch aristocrat.
night of the convention will include a star turn for what planners call
'real people' -- for instance, an auto worker whose job was saved, a
student who benefited from college loans and an entrepreneur fueled by
federal research-and-development funds," Politico's Mike Allen writes.
most innovative -- and harshest -- element of the preliminary program
is a nightly 'social contrast' in which two people describe their
personal experience with a hot-button issue -- one person lauding the
president's actions, the other taking Romney to task."
outline, which could be altered significantly before the convention,
includes remote feeds of speakers from swing states. First lady Michelle
Obama will be the featured speaker the first night, possibly including
brief appearances by daughters Malia and Sasha.
On nights two and three, former president Bill Clinton, Vice President Biden and the president himself round out the program.