DNC 2012 Schedule Highlights: The Big Speeches You Don't Want to Miss

Barack Obama Bill ClintonThe Labor Day weekend gave us a brief respite from all the political wrangling, but that's all over with. The Democratic National Committee's Convention begins today in Charlotte, North Carolina and the DNC has an ambitious schedule of events and speakers planned to swing voters President Barack Obama's way.

Not ready to devote all of Tuesday through Thursday to sitting in front of a television set? Don't worry. Here are the highlights of who is speaking when and on what channels so you won't miss the major moments.


Tuesday, September 4:

7 p.m. Eastern -- After having his presidency recalled in a slight against President Obama by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan over the holiday weekend, the former President Jimmy Carter is expected to appear via video during the 7 o'clock hour. 

9 p.m. -- Former White House chief of staff and current mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel will talk up his former boss during the 9 o'clock hour. Also expected on stage during this time slot are Lilly Ledbetter, the woman whose name has become synonymous with fair pay, and Deval Patrick, the man who succeeded Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney as governor of Massachusetts.

10 p.m. -- Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, Texas, will deliver his keynote speech on network television. The first Latino to grab this honor at a Democratic convention, Castro is expected to defend President Obama's record and relate tales of his own childhood, being raised by a single mom -- just like the president. First Lady Michelle Obama will follow him, introduced by Elaine Brye, a military veteran and mom of five, four of whom serve in the U.S. military.


Beginning at 5 p.m. -- Although exact details of the evening have not yet been released, it's known that Former President Bill Clinton will formally re-nominate President Barack Obama, likely in the prime 10 p.m. hour. Also expected to speak is Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.


Beginning at 5 p.m. -- Again exact details are still being formulated, but this is the big night: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will both speak, accepting the nomination to return to D.C. for the next four years.

As they did for the RNC convention, the big three networks -- ABC, NBC, and CBS  -- will air the speeches from 10-11 p.m. each night. CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are expected to carry more in-depth coverage.

Will you be tuning in? What speech are you most looking forward to hearing?


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