So after a week of Republican speech-making, it's time for the Democrats to have their turn on the podium. But when will your favorite liberals and progressive be giving their remarks? The short answer is: no one really knows.
Despite bragging that this year's Democratic National Convention would be the "most open and accessible" ever, the party is refusing to publish a full schedule of speakers for this week's convention. The official website of the DNC will only announced each day's lineup at 10 p.m. the night before. So while we know President Clinton will be on the docket for Wednesday and Joe Biden and the President will headline on Thursday, we still don't know exactly when they will talk or who will be going on before them.
Some of the other speakers who have been announced but have not been given times yet are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Richard Durban, activist Sandra Fluke, Rep. Barney Frank, and Sen. Charles Schumer. The roll call of states, when the President will be formally nominated comes on Wednesday. Don't change the dial or you might you miss them!
Here's a partial list of Tuesday's speakers and the order they will arrive. The program begins at 5:00 p.m. and runs until midnight tonight: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Rep. Barbara Lee; Lt. General Claudia Kennedy (first woman three-star general in the US Army); Cory Booker; North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue; Service Employees International Union president Mary Kay Henry; Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn; Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine; Charlotte Mayor Anthony R. Foxx; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Joe Kennedy III; Nancy Keenan (president of NARAL); Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee; Kathleen Sebelius; Rahm Emanuel; actor Kal Penn; Lilly Ledbetter, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley; and the keynote address by San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, followed by headliner Michelle Obama.
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