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New Democratic National Convention speakers announced

By Tim Funk
tfunk@charlotteobserver.com

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, are among eight prominent Democrats who have been added to the roster of speakers for the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Also speaking, it was announced Monday morning, will be:

-- California Attorney General Kamala Harris

-- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who hosted the party's 2008 convention as Denver mayor

-- Former Virginia Gov.Tim Kaine, who is running for the U.S. Senate this year

-- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association

-- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

-- Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland

Before his election as mayor of Chicago, Emanuel was President Barack Obama's White House chief of staff.

And Kerry chose Obama to be the keynote speaker at the 2004 convention in Boston that nominated Kerry for president and then-North Carolina Sen. John Edwards as vice president.

Kaine, meanwhile, was chairman of the national Democratic Party in 2011 when it was announced that Charlotte would host the convention that will nominate Obama for a second term.

The convention will be Sept. 4-6, culminating with the president's acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium.

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