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Old 07-10-2008, 12:49 AM   #496
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Obama to accept before 75,000+
By: Mike Allen
July 7, 2008 10:48 AM EST

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will leave the hall of the Democratic National Convention in Denver and deliver a rock-star-style acceptance speech at nearby Invesco Field at Mile High, quadrupling his live audience, the party announced Monday.

The speech, in the stadium that is home of the Denver Broncos, will be on the fourth and final night of the convention, Aug. 28.

Adding to the historic resonance of the first nomination of an African-American for president, that date is the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

The move means additional expense for the television networks, where executives are having a conference call Monday to discuss the logistics of moving their cameras and anchors to the new location after months of planning for a finale in the smaller Pepsi Center, where the rest of the convention will be held.

The convention hall has a capacity of 19,000, compared to more than 76,000 at Invesco.

In 2004, there were rumors about the Republicans moving their final night out of Madison Square Garden to Yankee Stadium, but it didn’t happen.

There’s precedent for the Obama move. In 1960, John F. Kennedy accepted his nomination at Memorial Coliseum, next to the Democratic National Convention in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Matt Burns, communications director of the Republican National Convention, responded: "Not surprisingly, Senator Obama and his fellow Democrats are more focused on stagecraft and theatrics than providing real solutions to the challenges facing our nation. A change of venue for a political speech isn’t the kind of change the American people deserve or expect."


Here’s the Democrats’ release:

Breaking the mold of traditional political Conventions, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced that Senator Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination for President of the United States at Denver's INVESCO Field at Mile High. INVESCO Field can accommodate more than 75,000 people and will be the site of the 2008 Democratic Convention's final day of programming on Thursday, August 28, 2008.

"The Democratic Party is nominating a true change candidate this August, and it is only fitting that we make some big changes in how we put on the Convention," said Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). "Senator Obama's candidacy has generated an enormous amount of excitement and interest, not only in the Democratic Party but also in the 2008 Convention. By bringing the last night of the Convention out to the people, we will be able to showcase Barack Obama's positive, people-centered vision for our country in a big way."

"Barack Obama's campaign for change has inspired millions of Americans and brought people into the political process who might never have been involved," said Convention Co-Chair Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. "This change in the Convention program will allow thousands of first-time participants a chance to take part. I can't think of a better Convention finale for our nominee who has made reaching out to voters a hallmark of his campaign."

"When we said we wanted to 'bring down the walls,' open up this Convention like never before and truly speak to the American people, we meant it," said Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the DNCC. "On August 28, we will offer grassroots Democrats, who have turned out in record numbers this year, the opportunity to witness history shoulder to shoulder with thousands of Americans standing up for the change our country desperately needs."

"Senator Obama and the DNCC have truly brought the community into the Convention," said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. "This decision will enable thousands of residents from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West and across the nation to witness history first hand. What a way to fire up our grassroots activists as we head into the fall campaign."

Primetime Convention activities Monday, August 25 through Wednesday, August 27 will continue to be held at the Pepsi Center. The final day of the Convention on Thursday, August 28, including the nomination acceptance speech of Senator Barack Obama, will be held at INVESCO Field at Mile High, also located in downtown Denver. Daytime Convention events, including meetings of the Democratic caucuses and councils will continue to be held at the Colorado Convention Center.

The DNCC announced today that a special block of "Community" credentials will be reserved for Colorado residents for Thursday night's program at INVESCO Field. Details about how to sign up and receive a "Community Credential" for the last night of the Convention will be released in the coming weeks.

"This is the type of Convention people will want to experience together with family, friends and neighbors, and we hope this move enables thousands of Americans to come together, experience history and put Senator Obama on the path to victory in November," Daughtry added.

They needed the bigger space for his ego.
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"Private" conversation or not, that's just unbelievable. Methinks Jesse Jackson is more than a bit jealous of Senator Obama. Conduct highly unbecoming of a Reverend..

Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Crude Obama Remarks - America’s Election HQ

The Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized Wednesday for saying Barack Obama is “talking down to black people” during what Jackson thought was a private conversation before a FOX News interview Sunday.

Jackson was speaking to a guest at the time about Obama’s speeches in black churches and his support for faith-based charities. Jackson added before going live, “I want to cut his nuts off.”

His microphone picked up the remarks.
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They needed the bigger space for his ego.
And John McCain has a very small ego. Anyone running for President would have a big ego, I would think. And I doubt that it was Senator Obama's idea.
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Why didn't he want to discuss that issue? Is it "dirty" or something?

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) - Republican John McCain prides himself on being a straight talker. But he resisted being dragged into a discussion Wednesday about insurance companies that cover Viagra but not birth control products.

"I certainly do not want to discuss that issue," the presidential candidate said when a reporter asked him about it on his campaign bus, the "Straight Talk Express."

A few seats away was Carly Fiorina, a top McCain supporter who stirred talk about the topic at a recent Washington breakfast with reporters. The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, discussing consumer-driven health insurance, mentioned something "I've been hearing a lot about from women: There are many health insurance plans that will cover Viagra but won't cover birth-control medication. Those women would like a choice."

Fiorina is among McCain's most prominent female advisers, and seen by some as a possible choice to be his running mate.

When asked Wednesday if he had voted in the Senate against a proposal to require insurance companies to cover contraceptive products, McCain replied, "I don't know enough about it to give you an informed answer because I don't recall the vote... I don't usually duck an issue, but I'll try to get back to you."

Campaign spokesman Brian Rogers later said Fiorina was describing McCain's "vision for choice and competition in health insurance." He said McCain will open insurance markets "for greater variety and competition, allowing women to choose policies that fit their needs. An example is the choice for women to dump a policy that only covers Viagra for a policy that covers their real needs."

A Republican policy group said the Senate vote in question was a complicated matter that, among other things, would have supported using federal money to promote emergency contraceptives, which many Americans oppose.
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Gramm calls slowdown 'mental'
By: Mike Allen
July 10, 2008 10:11 AM EST

Former Sen. Phil Gramm, a top economic adviser to presumptive GOP nominee John McCain, referred to the economic slowdown as "a mental recession" and called the United States “a nation of whiners.”

The comments, in an interview with The Washington Times, could hurt the campaign’s efforts to convince working-class Americans that McCain feels their pain.

Democrats immediately condemned the remarks as “callous” and quickly began working to gain widespread attention to them.

The Democratic National Committee issued a statement titled: “Out of Touch Much, Phil?"

The Times said Gramm said he expects a McCain administration would inherit an economy “weighed down above all by the conviction of many Americans that economic conditions are the worst in two or three decades and that America is in decline.”

The Times quoted him as saying: “You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession. … We have sort of become a nation of whiners. …

“You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline. … We've never been more dominant; we've never had more natural advantages than we have today.”

Karen Finney, the Democratic National Committee’s communications director, said: “What John McCain, George Bush, Phil Gramm just don't understand is that the American people aren't whining about the state of the economy, they are suffering under the weight of it — the weight of eight years of Bush-enomics that John McCain and Phil Gramm have vowed to continue.

“How dare john McCain and his advisers so callously dismiss the challenges the American people face? No wonder voters feel john McCain is out of touch. He and his campaign don't even understand the everyday issues Americans are dealing with.”


Politico asked McCain for comment and we will add it when we receive it.
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the lil blue pill makes John squirm

YouTube - McCain's Awkward Answer On Contraceptives
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Barack Obama wants us all to learn Spanish.
I guess conservatives only like Spanish when it may win them a few votes:

YouTube - TV Ad: "624787" Spanish

Conservatives are still harping on about Obama's comments even today on the radio. Yet McCain is running at least 5 spanish speaking ads in his homestate.

Shooting themselves in the foot? or they just don't get it?
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I just have to say that Obama's FISA vote is unforgivable.
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I agree, I'm not sure what happened to the dems on that one.
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I just have to say that Obama's FISA vote is unforgivable.
I agree. I'd be interested to hear his justification for it, because right now I'm pretty pissed off about the whole thing.
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"Private" conversation or not, that's just unbelievable. Methinks Jesse Jackson is more than a bit jealous of Senator Obama. Conduct highly unbecoming of a Reverend..

Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Crude Obama Remarks - America’s Election HQ

The Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized Wednesday for saying Barack Obama is “talking down to black people” during what Jackson thought was a private conversation before a FOX News interview Sunday.

Jackson was speaking to a guest at the time about Obama’s speeches in black churches and his support for faith-based charities. Jackson added before going live, “I want to cut his nuts off.”

His microphone picked up the remarks.
How long until Obama says "That's not the Reverend Jackson I knew"?
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I guess conservatives only like Spanish when it may win them a few votes:

Conservatives are still harping on about Obama's comments even today on the radio. Yet McCain is running at least 5 spanish speaking ads in his homestate.

Shooting themselves in the foot? or they just don't get it?
No. What I got from what Obama said is that we need to learn Spanish to accomodate the people here who will never learn English. He said "Don't worry about the immigrants, they'll learn English" and I just don't see where he gets that optimism from. I've had to interact many times with hispanics who, I come to find out, can't put two English sentences together, and it makes me angry. And I'm sure millions of others across the country have encountered the same, as have many of you here I would assume.

How did this turn into me being against foreign language in schools?
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No. What I got from what Obama said is that we need to learn Spanish to accomodate the people here who will never learn English. He said "Don't worry about the immigrants, they'll learn English" and I just don't see where he gets that optimism from.

I don't get it either.

All the Italians, Poles, Greeks, Dutch people I know in the US still can't speak any English.
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Well played.

But you see, those immigrants aren't the problem. It's just those damn hispanics, amirite?
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Well played.

But you see, those immigrants aren't the problem. It's just those damn hispanics, amirite?
I don't care where you're from. Learn English before you come here.
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