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Democratic National Convention

Michelle Obama delivers message of devotion, trust

Tuesday, Sept. 4
  • 5 - 6 p.m.
  • Call to Order: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair, Democratic National Committee
  • Invocation: His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit
  • Presentation of Colors:Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard
  • Pledge of Allegiance: 3rd Grade Class, W.R. O'Dell Elementary School, Concord, N.C.
  • National Anthem: Amber Riley, singer/songwriter and "Glee" actress
  • Stephen J. Kerrigan, CEO, Democratic National Convention Committee
  • Welcome video
  • Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs
  • Bishop Vashti McKenzie, first woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, Texas
  • Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs
  • Kamala D. Harris, attorney general of California
  • Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
  • Appointment of Convention Officers
  • Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair
  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, chair, Democratic National Convention Committee
  • Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland
  • Andrew Tobias, treasurer, Democratic National Committee
  • Alice Germond, secretary, Democratic National Committee
  • Roll Call for Attendance
  • 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Platform Committee Remarks
  • Rep. Barbara Lee of California
  • Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy (Ret.), first woman to reach rank of three-star general in the US Army
  • Platform Video and Remarks
  • Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory A. Booker
  • North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue
  • American Hero Video: Education
  • American Voices: Ryan Case
  • Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union
  • Rep. Charles Gonzalez of Texas, chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez of New York
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
  • Doug Stern of Cincinnati, Ohio firefighter
  • US Senate candidate Tim Kaine of Virginia
  • 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony R. Foxx
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada
  • An Economy Built to Last video: Education
  • Women of the US House
  • Former President Jimmy Carter video
  • Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
  • Kennedy family tribute video
  • Joe Kennedy III, candidate for the US House from Massachusetts
  • Live performance: singer/songwriter Ledisi
  • Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
  • 8 - 9 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
  • Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado
  • Stronger Together video: Reproductive Choice
  • American Voices: Maria Ciano
  • Nancy Keenan, president, National Abortion Rights Action League - Pro-Choice America
  • Progress for People video: American Veterans
  • American Voices: Nate Davis
  • Tammy Duckworth, candidate for the US House from Illinois
  • Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee
  • Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina
  • Progress for People video: Health Care
  • American Voices: Stacey Lihn
  • Rep. Xavier Becerra of California
  • 9 - 10 p.m.
  • Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland
  • Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Kal Penn, actor/producer, former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
  • Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng, brother of Mrs. Obama and sister of President Obama
  • Stronger Together video: Equal Pay
  • Lilly Ledbetter, women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
  • 10 - 11 p.m.
  • Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
  • Joaquin Castro, candidate for US House from Texas
  • Keynote address: San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro
  • Michelle Obama video
  • Elaine Brye
  • First lady Michelle Obama
  • Benediction: Jena Lee Nardella, founder and executive director of Blood: Water Mission
Wednesday, Sept. 5
  • 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (LOCAL)


  • Call to Order
  • The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa
  • Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
  • Mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • Invocation
  • Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, 10th Episcopal District
  • First Woman Elected Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Presentation of Colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Saxophonist, Composer, and, Bandleader
  • Remarks
  • The Honorable Luis V. Gutierrez
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, Illinois
  • The Honorable Diana DeGette
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado
  • The Honorable John A. Pérez
  • Speaker and Member of the California State Assembly
  • The Honorable Thomas M. Menino
  • Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
  • The Honorable Judy Chu
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, California
  • Steve Westly
  • Former State Controller and Chief Financial Officer of California
  • An Economy Built to Last Video: Small Business
  • Remarks
  • The Honorable John Larson
  • Democratic Caucus Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, Connecticut
  • Ken Myers
  • Deputy Sheriff, Carroll County, Iowa
  • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (LOCAL)
  •  
  • Remarks
  • Richard Trumka
  • President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO)
  • The Honorable Steve Israel
  • Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, New York
  • The Honorable Patty Murray
  • Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • Member of the US Senate, Washington
  • The Honorable Pedro R. Pierluisi
  • Chair of National Community Mobilization for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Non-Voting Member of the US House of Representatives, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
  • An Economy Build to Last Video: Energy
  • Remarks
  • Tom Steyer
  • Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Economy
  • The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
  • Member of the US Senate, New York
  • Remarks from Members of the Congressional Black Caucus
  • The Honorable Karen Bass
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, California
  • The Honorable Al Green
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas
  • The Honorable Emanuel Cleaver, II
  • Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Member of the US House of Representatives, Missouri
  • Remarks
  • The Honorable Dannel Malloy
  • Governor of Connecticut
  • 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. (LOCAL)
  •  
  • Remarks
  • Denise Juneau
  • Superintendent of the Montana Office of Public Instruction
  • The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
  • Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, California
  • The Honorable Tom Vilsack
  • Women of the US Senate
  • Remarks
  • The Honorable Barbara Mikulski
  • Member of the US Senate, Maryland
  • The Honorable Arne Duncan
  • Progress for People Video: Education
  • American Voices Remarks
  • Johanny Adames
  • Remarks
  • The Honorable Jim Hunt
  • Former and Longest-Serving Governor of North Carolina
  • Remarks and Video Presentation in Memoriam
  • Presented by Harvey B. Gantt
  • Former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Live Performance
  • Jessica Sanchez
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. (LOCAL)
  •  
  • Stronger Together Video: Women’s Health
  • American Voices Remarks
  • Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Bruce
  • Remarks
  • Cecile Richards
  • President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • The Honorable Steny Hoyer
  • Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention
  • Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland
  • The Honorable Barney Frank
  • Honorary Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee GLBT Council
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts
  • American Heroes Video: Veterans
  • American Voices Remarks
  • Ed Meagher
  • Remarks
  • The Honorable General Eric Shinseki
  • The Honorable Michael Nutter
  • Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Honorable John Hickenlooper
  • Governor of Colorado
  • Sister Simone Campbell
  • Executive Director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK
  • The Honorable Jack Markell
  • Governor of Delaware
  • 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. (LOCAL)
  •  
  • Remarks
  • The Honorable Karen Mills
  • Progress for People Video: Small Business
  • American Voices Remarks
  • Bill Butcher
  • Remarks
  • The Honorable Kamala D. Harris
  • Attorney General of California
  • Stronger Together Video: Immigration
  • Remarks
  • Benita Veliz
  • DREAM Act Activist
  • Cristina Saralegui
  • Journalist, Actress, and Talk Show Host
  • Sandra Fluke
  • Attorney and Women’s Rights Activist
  • Austin Ligon
  • Co-Founder and Former CEO of CarMax, Inc.
  • An Economy Build to Last Video: Auto-Industry
  • American Voices Remarks
  • Karen Eusanio
  • Remarks
  • Bob King
  • President of theInternational Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)
  • Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster
  • Former Employees at companies controlled by Romney’s Bain Capital
  • The Honorable Chris Van Hollen
  • Former Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland
  • 10 p.m. – 11 p.m. (LOCAL)
  •  
  • Remarks
  • Jim Sinegal
  • Co-Founder and Former CEO of Costco
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Candidate for US Senate, Massachusetts
  • Nomination Process Set-Up
  • Remarks
  • The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa
  • Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
  • Mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • President Bill Clinton
  • 42nd President of the United States
  • Closing Segment
  • Roll Call Vote
  • Alice Germond
  • Secretary of the Democratic National Committee
  • Benediction
  • Rabbi David Wolpe
  • Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, California
  • Retire Colors
  • Recess
Thursday, Sept. 6
  • 4:30 - 6 p.m.
  • Remarks by several North Carolina elected officials
  • Sen. Kay Hagan
  • Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton
  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield
  • Rep. David Price
  • Rep. Mel L. Watt
  • ___
  • James Rogers, CEO Duke Energy
  • Live Performance by singer/songwriter James Taylor
  • ____
  • Call to Order: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
  • Invocation: Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  • Presentation of Colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem: singer/songwriter Marc Anthony
  • Progress for People Video: Seniors
  • American Voices Remarks: Carol Berman
  • Rep. Donna F. Edwards of Maryland
  • Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts
  • In Memoriam Video and Remarks: Harvey Gantt, former mayor of Charlotte
  • ___
  • 6 -7 p.m.
  • Rep. John Lewis of Georgia
  • Stronger Together Video: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
  • American Voices: Jason Crow
  • Live Performance: singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair of the Democratic National Committee
  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
  • Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, candidate for U.S. Senate, Wisconsin
  • Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
  • Stay Stronger Together Video: Marriage Equality
  • American Voices Remarks: Zach Wahls
  • ___
  • 7- 8 p.m.
  • Jim Messina, campaign manager, Obama for America
  • American Heroes Video: Auto Workers
  • American Voices: Kenyetta Jones, Ryan Case, Ed Meagher, Martha Figueroa, Lucas Beenken, Rob Hach
  • Vice Presidential Nomination Intro: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
  • Nominating Remarks: Attorney General Beau Biden, Attorney General of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden of Delaware
  • Vote by acclamation
  • Live Performance: Foo Fighters
  • Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, assistant Democratic leader
  • Actresses Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington
  • ___
  • 8 - 9 p.m.
  • Caroline Kennedy, author and attorney
  • Rep. Xavier Becerra of California
  • Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan
  • Actress Eva Longoria
  • Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana
  • Charlie Crist, Jr., former governor of Florida
  • Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts
  • ___
  • 9 - 10 p.m.
  • Video: Veterans
  • Retired Adm. John B. Nathman, United States Navy
  • Introductory Remarks: Angie Flores
  • Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice president
  • Vice President Joe Biden Video
  • Vice President Joe Biden
  • ___
  • 10 - 11 p.m.
  • Video and remarks: Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois
  • President Barack Obama Video
  • President Barack Obama
  • Celebration
  • Benediction: Archbishop of New York and Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan
  • Retire Colors
List of speakers
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
  • Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine
  • US Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts
  • Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
  • Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland
  • Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
  • Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth
  • Sandra Fluke, Georgetown University Student
  • Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Montana
  • Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • Lilly Ledbetter
  • Eva Longoria, Obama Campaign Co-Chair
  • U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, together with the women of the U.S. Senate
  • Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker
  • Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx
  • Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
  • Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (ret.)
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California
  • CarMax co-founder and former CEO Austin Ligon
  • Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
  • Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
  • Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
  • Costco co-founder and former CEO Jim Sinegal
  • Los Angeles Mayor, Democratic Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist
  • Congressman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina
  • Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina Walter Dalton
  • US Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina
  • Former Governor of North Carolina Jim Hunt
  • Congressman David Price of North Carolina
  • Congressman Mel Watt of North Carolina
  • Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt
  • Congressman Xaiver Becerra of California
  • Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu of California
  • Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri
  • Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina
  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Colorado
  • US Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois
  • Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland
  • Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts
  • Congressman Charlie Gonzalez of Texas
  • Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland
  • DCCC Chairman Congressman Steve Israel of New York
  • Congressman John Larson of Connecticut
  • Congressman John Lewis of Georgia
  • Delaware Governor Jack Markell
  • Boston Mayor Tom Menino
  • US Senator Patty Murray of Washington
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez
  • Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada
  • US Senator Charles Schumer of New York
  • Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen
  • DNC Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will also lead a presentation of the women of the House:
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut
  • Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York
  • Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez of New York
  • Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Wisconsin
  • Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania
  • Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland
  • Candidate for the US House of Representatives Joyce Beatty of Ohio
  • Candidate for the US House of Representatives Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii

Patrick Garvin/Globe Staff

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