Obama's Convention Speech Being Moved Indoors

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Campaign aides say President Barack Obama's convention speech Thursday is being moved indoors due to possible severe weather.

The aides say the entire program also will take place inside, including Vice President Joe Biden's speech.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday evening.

Hickenlooper is one of a half-dozen Coloradans speaking at the convention. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Reps. Jared Polis and Diana DeGette were also invited to Charlotte to address Democrats.

Hickenlooper is one of the nation's most popular governors, and his brief speech in Charlotte will give Democrats outside Colorado a chance to size him up.

It's a big night for the governor, but not his first address to the Democratic National Convention. He also spoke briefly four years ago, when he was mayor of Denver and the convention was in Colorado's capital city.

Former President Bill Clinton is the main speaker Wednesday in Charlotte.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says former President Bill Clinton will help Democrats offer a clear vision of the future when he takes the podium at the Democratic National Convention.

Emanuel tells NBC's "Today" that Clinton faced the same early struggles battling Republicans as Obama has. But after Clinton was re-elected in 1996, Republicans began to work with the president, leading to a balanced budget agreement.

Emanuel, who served both presidents, says he expects Obama would win the same type of cooperation from Republicans if he wins a second term. Democrats are eager to portray Obama's economic policies as mirroring those of Clinton, who presided during a time of prosperity.

Clinton has been actively campaigning for Obama and will offer the president's name for nomination on Wednesday night. 

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama delivered a ringing, impassioned plea for the re-election of her husband, President Barack Obama. To the cheers of thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates, the first lady saluted the president as a man who doesn't give up easily. She said he wants to fight injustices wherever they exist and is determined to complete the task of rehabilitating the nation's struggling economy.


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