DNC 2012: Viewers' guide to the Democratic National Convention

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(News-Press/WFMY) -- Here's the lineup, and a few other things to know about the Democratic National Convention to be held Tuesday through Thursday in Charlotte, N.C.


Will there be a Clint Eastwood moment? The biggest name will be former President Bill Clinton. He will speak Wednesday night. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will give the keynote speech Tuesday evening. First lady Michelle Obama and former President Jimmy Carter will also speak that night. Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama will speak Thursday. Who won't be speaking? Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

Democratic History

This is the 46th Democratic National Convention. The first took place in 1832 in Baltimore. It has never been held in Florida.


The first two days of the convention will take place in downtown Charlotte, N.C. at the Times Warner Cable Arena. Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama will accept their nominations Thursday at Bank of America Stadium.


The Democrats have more delegates then the Republicans. The Democrats have nearly 6,000 delegates. Florida has 300 delegates, including 11 delegates and an alternate from Southwest Florida.


The networks will cover the Democratic convention the same way they covered the Republicans. ABC, NBC and CBS will carry a total of three hours live: from 10-11 p.m. each night. Cable networks such as CNN, Fox and MSNBC will have expanded coverage.

Twitter was the hit of the Republican convention. Thousands of tweets were sent out in real time as politicians and candidates made their speeches. Fact checkers had a field day when speakers misspoke. Expect the same this week.

Scheduled Performers

The Democratic National Convention Committee has announced the full line-up of performers set to take the stage at Time Warner Cable Arena and Bank of America Stadium this week.

"This roster of performances only adds to the excitement building in Charlotte for the historic week ahead of us," said 2012 Democratic National Convention Chair Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "The tens of thousands who will attend Convention events in person, and all those tuning in across the country, should be ready for quite a show."

The schedule of performances at the 2012 Democratic National Convention:

Tuesday, September 4 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
DJ Cassidy
Amber Riley (national anthem)

Wednesday, September 5 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
DJ Cassidy
Jessica Sanchez
Branford Marsalis (national anthem)

Thursday, September 6 (Bank of America Stadium)
Foo Fighters
Mary J. Blige
Earth, Wind and Fire
James Taylor
Delta Rae
Inspire the Fire
Marc Anthony (national anthem)

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