CHARLOTTE, N.C. Speakers
DNC theme: Build economy from middle out
Charlotte launched its flirtation with the world’s media Monday, as Democratic National Convention leaders rolled out a theme of “building an economy from the middle out.”
All speakers at the convention that officially opens Tuesday will touch on that theme, Ben LeBolt, spokesman for President Obama’s campaign, said at the opening news conference of the convention. Hundreds of journalists gathered at the Charlotte Convention Center to be welcomed to Charlotte and hear about how the Democrats plan to create a contrast with last week’s Republican convention in Tampa.
“Our convention looks like America,” said Democratic National Committee Secretary Alice Germond, who talked about the large and growing number of African Americans, Latinos, women and youth among the 5,556 delegates in Charlotte.
“It is big. It is bold. It is beautiful,” Germond said. “It is America, and I am proud to be part of it.” Ann Doss Helms
JCSU hosts workshop on global markets
The Congressional Black Caucus Institute will host a cyber summit Tuesday at Johnson C. Smith University, giving college students a chance to discuss issues “technology, science and finance in a global marketplace” with a panel of politicians and actors.
More than 350 students from about 20 colleges are expected to attend UFuture – a Summit for Innovative Young Thinkers, either in person or remotely. Students will tweet questions and ask questions from the event floor.
Panelists will include Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C.
Actors who will host the event include Alfre Woodard (“Desperate Housewives,” “Memphis Beat”), Hill Harper (“CSI:NY”) and Nicole Ari Parker (“Boogie Nights”).
Candidate and ex-mayor blasts DNC security
GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory is not impressed with all the security he sees in Charlotte, the city where he served 14 years as mayor.
“You’ll not meet many people from Charlotte this week,” McCrory told The National Review. “The security is keeping everybody away. … Welcome to our Gitmo.”
He made the remark Sunday at a reception opening the Republican response office in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The National Review reported that security is heavier in Charlotte than at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (Raleigh) News & Observer
Fox News: Bain workers to speak
Fox News reported that at least two people who worked at Bain Capital will speak at the convention.
The Fox story says senior Obama campaign officials confirmed to the network that the former workers from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm will speak.
Fox cites a source as saying the speakers could be Steve Pagliuca, managing partner at Bain Capital, or Jon Lavine, an Obama campaign bundler and senior member of the firm, or Matt Levin, also a partner at Bain who is said to be active in Democratic politics. David Scott