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Obama Makes Case For Second Term With DNC Speech (LIVE UPDATES)

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President Barack Obama made his case for a second term with his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday night.

The president delivered his remarks at the Time Warner Cable Arena after the threat of severe weather forced the event to be moved indoors. Obama was previously scheduled to give his speech at Bank of America Stadium.

Vice President Joe Biden was also among the big name Democrats to speak at the convention Thursday evening.

"We're on a mission to move this nation forward -- from doubt and downturn, to promise and prosperity," Biden said.

Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold at the Democratic convention.

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The Huffington Post's Jaweed Kaleem reports:

Offering a benediction to close the Democratic National Convention, Cardinal Timothy Dolan largely stuck to a similar script as he did when praying in front of Republicans at their convention last week, with two notable exceptions.

"We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected," Dolan, who as the Archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has spoken out strongly against abortion, said at the DNC.

And making what seemed to be a allusion to same-sex marriage, which President Barack Obama and the DNC have endorsed, Dolan said: "Show us anew that happiness is found only in respecting the laws of nature and of nature’s God. Empower us with your grace so that we might resist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions you have given us for the nurturing of life and community."

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@ HowardMortman : How does Obama speech length compare to all other acceptance speeches over last 40 years? Answer in this C-SPAN graphic http://t.co/VedEfjH3

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HuffPost's Gene Demby reports:

On Thursday afternoon, an old lady in a wheelchair and her caregiver waited near the exit of the convention center here, delayed from their next stop by one of the week's intermittent downpours.

The woman in the wheelchair was Amelia Boynton Robinson. Five decades ago, she offered up her home in Selma, Ala., to civil rights activists for use as a base of operations in their voting rights efforts. The Selma-to-Montgomery marches were planned there, and they would have seismic implications for the American political landscape.

"We were working to get the right to vote," Robinson, who is 101 years old, said slowly. In 1965, as she and other protesters tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge during a voting rights demonstration, they were brutally clubbed with nightsticks and tear-gassed by state troopers.

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The AP reports:

His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."

"Yes, our path is harder – but it leads to a better place," he declared in a prime-time speech to convention delegates and the nation that blended resolve about the challenges ahead with stinging criticism of Republican rival Mitt Romney's proposals to repair the economy.

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"We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon."

"Yes, our path is harder – but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer – but we travel it together. We don’t turn back."

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Obama: "If you reject the notion that our government is forever beholden to the highest bidder, you need to stand up in this election."

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"If the critics are right that I’ve made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading."

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"I'm no longer just a candidate. I'm the president."

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@ kzaleski : A line that finally breaks through... gives crowd something new: "My fellow citizens – you were the change." #DNC2012

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Obama: "Selfless soldiers won’t be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love."

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"So you see, the election 4 years ago wasn’t about me. It was about you. My fellow citizens you were the change."

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The Romney campaign put out a statement rebutting President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday -- long before his remarks were even finished.

"Tonight President Obama laid out the choice in this election, making the case for more of the same policies that haven't worked for the past four years," campaign manager Matt Rhoades said in a statement. "He offered more promises, but he hasn’t kept the promises he made four years ago."

"Americans will hold President Obama accountable for his record -- they know they’re not better off and that it’s time to change direction," Rhoades continued. "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will restore America’s promise and deliver a better future for our country.”

Romney said earlier in the day that he did not plan to watch Obama's speech. His full quote from before the speech, via Politico:

"I heard, or from the excerpts that are put out, I hear that the president is going to report on the promises he made and how he has performed in those promises; I'd love to watch it. But if it's another series of new promises that he's not going to keep, I have no interest in seeing him because I saw the promises last time. Those are promises he did not keep, and the American people deserve to know why he did not keep his promises."

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Obama: "We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems."

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"I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No America should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies."

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"Time to do some nation building right here at home."

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@ BuzzFeedAndrew : President Obama:"You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally."

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@ MattVas : Obama: "After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy – and not al Qaeda – unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War time warp."

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"My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy," Obama said.

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Obama: "As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known."

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@ howardfineman : No balloon drop -- it's confetti in waiting.

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@ jbendery : THERE IT IS: "Osama bin Laden is dead." - President Obama

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@ MattVas : Romney campaign issues statement on Obama's speech before the speech is over.

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@ Claire : He just walked in, and @barackobama is already breaking Twitter. 32,000 tweets/minute #dnc2012 http://t.co/nVPvNrG0

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@ BuzzFeedBen : Climate talk — almost totally absent for a couple of years — one of the biggest applause lines here.

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"Climate change is not a hoax," Obama said, noting floods and wildfires "are not a joke."

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@ Joy_Resmovits : "Help me recruit 100,000 math and science teachers in the next ten years, and improve early childhood education," Obama will say. #DNC2012

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@ jaweedkaleem : Prepared text of Obama speech: mentions values 3x, faith 2x, God 2x, religion/religion zero times #dnc2012

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@ ckanal : "You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth." -@BarackObama #DNC2012

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@ AntDeRosa : “I don’t believe that rolling back regulations on Wall Street will help the small businesswoman expand.” - @Barack Obama #DNC2012

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@ MattVas : Obama on GOP plan: “Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!”

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Obama referenced last week's Republican National Convention in his speech, saying Republicans were "more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn't have much to say about how they would make it right."

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@ jbendery : "If you're sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me: so am I." - President Obama #DNC2012

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@ BuzzFeedAndrew : President Obama: "I accept your nomination to be President of the United States."

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Click here for Obama's full remarks as prepared for delivery.

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Obama's daughters Sasha and Malia are seated in the audience next to the First Lady.

"Yes, you do have to go to school in the morning," Obama said to them at the start of his speech.

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@ MattVas : "Go get 'em, babe," she said to him.

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Obama has taken the stage after being introduced by his wife Michelle.

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@ jonward11 : ANOTHER positive reference to George W Bush

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@ passantino : NBC and Fox are the only broadcast networks showing this DNC video

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@ aterkel : Bill Clinton comes on the video. More cheers for him. #DNC2012

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@ HuffPostMedia : Dick Durbin getting passed over for punditry on most networks.

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Senator Dick Durbin is on stage to introduce Obama.

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@ Philip_Elliott : Biden's 20-minute speech went 37. He is now in the 10p hour CBS and ABC are broadcasting. #DNC2012

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@ mpoindc : Biden: "The work of recovery is not yet complete, but we are on our way...Cause of change is not fully accomplished, but we are on our way"

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HuffPost's Janell Ross reports:

In 2010, Gaby Pacheco was a frustrated college student planning a 1,055-mile protest walk from Florida to Washington, D.C.

The leaders and policy directors of most of the country's largest Latino Civil Rights organizations -- the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and others -- told Pacheco that the plan she had made with three other college students to march from South Florida, though the old South and to the capital, was an unreasonably dangerous "suicide mission" -- unlikely to move hearts and minds, or change public policy.

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Biden: "You never quit on America. And you deserve a president that will never quit on you."

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Biden just revived the chant "Osama Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive!" that he started at a recent campaign event.

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@ chrisgeidner : That's Biden's fourth "literally." "Literally" did not appear in the prepared remarks. Literally. #DNC2012

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@ howardfineman : Biden (Dems) extol auto bailout as act of compassion, patriotism. It also made economic sense, but Dems don't say or perhaps get that.

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@ zachdcarter : Auto bailout triumphalism is dominating #dnc2012 Wall Street bailout totally absent.

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