Michelle Obama To Headline First Night Of Democratic National Convention

09/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Wall Street Journal

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced the prime-time speakers today for the four nights of the convention later this month in Denver from August 25-28.

On August 25, Michelle Obama will headline the opening night of the convention, while former presidential rival Sen. Hillary Clinton will headline Tuesday night. The DNCC statement tout's Clinton as "a champion for working families and one of the most effective and empathetic voices in the country today."

Clinton's prime-time speaking slot should further quell lingering speculation that she is on the list of Barack Obama's potential running mates. Clinton's continued efforts to push for her delegates to have a "voice" at the convention--and vague answers to questions about whether her name will be put in for the nomination on the convention floor--have stoked discussion of tension between the two former rivals. Obama refuted the suggestion last week. "It has gone seamless," he told reporters when asked about convention plans, "It has not been a problem."

On August 27, the still unnamed vice presidential nominee will speak. All three of those speeches will take place at the Pepsi Center while on the final evening the venue moves to Invesco Field for Obama's convention speech.

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