2012 Democratic National Convention

The latest news, photos, video and opinion coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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  • A delegate holds a face of President Barack Obama one the night he accepts his party's nomination for a second term as President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention in the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, September 6, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)

    HURT: Obama's cold leftovers from 2008 are hard to swallow at DNC in 2012

    By Charles Hurt

    There is nothing sadder than a politician without his balloons. It's like a cowboy, hair slicked down, without a hat. It's especially sad when the cowboy was all hat and no cattle to begin with. Published September 7, 2012

  • President Obama speaks at a campaign event in Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Obama predicts 'barrage of negative ads'

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    After canceling his stadium-sized speech, President Obama on Thursday told the thousands of supporters who missed out on seeing him that he's still counting on them to do the legwork required to get him re-elected. Published September 6, 2012

  • Former President George W. Bush (AP photo)

    Democrats recall Bush more than GOP did

    By Sean Lengell - The Washington Times

    While Republicans rarely brought up former President George W. Bush at their convention last week, Democrats gleefully have paraded him through theirs, saying he left President Obama a mess he's still working to clean up. Published September 6, 2012

  • Big acts take to a smaller stage

    By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

    When President Obama moved his Thursday night acceptance speech from Bank of American Stadium to an indoor arena, the star-studded entertainment moved with him, giving the fortunate few delegates and special guests an intimate evening with some of the superstars of music. Published September 6, 2012

  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Both campaigns using Bill Clinton in TV, email ads

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Less than 24 hours after Bill Clinton delivered a full-throated endorsement of President Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the battle for Bubba raged on over the airwaves and in the email in boxes Thursday. Published September 6, 2012

  • A man who refused to give his name to The Washington Times prays in a designated Prayer Room in the Charlotte Convention Center during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, September 6, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)

    In DNC prayer room, lots of quiet time

    By Patrick Hruby - The Washington Times

    If you want to escape religion at the Democratic National Convention, there is only one place to go: the official Charlotte Convention Center prayer room. Published September 6, 2012

  • Democrats' rhetoric driven by auto bailout

    By David R. Sands - The Washington Times

    Democrats here clearly think they have a political winner in President Obama's decision to bail out the American auto industry, but numbers on the bailout's cost released this week suggest that the move could pose some political potholes for both presidential campaigns this fall. Published September 6, 2012

  • Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is running against former Gov. Tommy Thompson for the U.S. Senate. Their race is important to whether Democrats maintain their majority in the Senate. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

    Wisconsin contest crucial to Obama, Senate majority

    By David Hill - The Washington Times

    Four years ago, Wisconsin Democrats controlled the governorship and both U.S. Senate seats and turned out in overwhelming numbers to help elect President Obama. Published September 6, 2012

  • President Obama waves to supporters Sept. 4, 2012, as he takes the stage for a campaign event at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. (Associated Press)

    Obama hopes for positive jobs report upon return to trail

    By Dave Boyer and Susan Crabtree - The Washington Times

    Hoping for good economic news in the wake of his renomination at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama will embark Friday on a three-day campaign trip to battleground states culminating in a bus tour of the crucial Interstate 4 corridor in Florida. Published September 6, 2012

  • Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

    HURT: Even while praising Obama, Clinton pats his own back

    By Charles Hurt

    Bill Clinton's typically epic speech last night was certainly the most detailed, calculated and complete attack on the Republican agenda that we have heard during the entire campaign. It was also the most unreserved and embracing defense of President Obama. Published September 6, 2012

  • Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, who delivered the keynote address on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, is part of a new generation of Democrats seen as capable of breaking the GOP grip on statewide office. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)

    Jockeying for 2016 begins in earnest at DNC

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    Ambitious up-and-comers used this week's Democratic National Convention to introduce themselves to the nation and began carving a foothold for 2016. Published September 6, 2012

  • Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Convention head Villaraigosa blames delegates in ugly platform fight at DNC

    By Susan Crabtree and Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Furiously trying to paper over a platform battle that muddied the party's message and forced President Obama to intervene, Democratic National Convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa said the anger and confusion over the way he managed a vote restoring passages on God and Jerusalem as Israel's capital to the platform Wednesday was the fault of unhappy delegates who failed to object to his ruling. Published September 6, 2012

  • Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (right) reacts Sept. 6, 2012, after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Associated Press)

    Giffords inspires crowd at Democratic convention

    By Associated Press

    Gabrielle Giffords has inspired the cheering delegates at the Democratic National Convention by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Published September 6, 2012

  • President Obama joins former President Bill Clinton onstage Sept. 5, 2012, after Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

    Clinton returns to back Obama at DNC

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Democrats rushed to clean up a party platform mess Wednesday and moved to officially re-nominate President Obama for a second term in office as his predecessor, former President Bill Clinton, said voters this year must choose between Republicans' "winner-take-all" vision of success and his own party's "shared prosperity." Published September 5, 2012

  • Benita Veliz, a student who had her deportation halted under President Obama's non-deportation policies, addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

    Young face put on illegal migration at DNC

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Democrats broke yet another barrier Wednesday when they invited an illegal immigrant young adult onto the stage at their nominating convention in Charlotte — part of a historic Hispanic outreach program that the party hopes will cement ties to the fast-growing ethnic voting bloc in the country. Published September 5, 2012

  • Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel, Iowa, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Ryan: President Obama is no President Clinton

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Rep. Paul Ryan, launching a pre-emptive strike ahead of former President Bill Clinton's address to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, said President Obama is no Clinton. Published September 5, 2012

  • "He's seen as anti-coal. Some people feel as if the mines aren't operating as fully as they could be." - Charlene Marshall, the former mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., and now a state legislator and delegate at the convention. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Obama seen as 'anti-coal' figure

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    The uneasy relationship between President Obama and coal-state Democrats is on display at the party's convention this week, with delegates from states such as West Virginia and Kentucky openly acknowledging the president has dug himself a hole. Published September 5, 2012

  • President Bill Clinton gestures as he is introduced at the Democratic National Convention in the Staples Center in August 2000 in Los Angeles. Not every member of the Democratic Party remains enthralled with the contentious and sometimes chaotic Clinton years. (Associated Press)

    Clinton charisma a concern for Democrats

    By Susan Crabtree - The Washington Times

    Bill Clinton is a president who loves the limelight and being adored, and is so good at performing on a grand stage that there's always a chance he will overshadow anyone that comes after him. On Wednesday night, his charisma and spotlight-stealing skills faced a major test as he spoke for another Democratic candidate, President Obama. Published September 5, 2012

  • The skyline of Charlotte, N.C., rises behind the Bank of America Stadium (foreground). President Obama's renomination acceptance speech, scheduled for Thursday night at the stadium, has been moved indoors because of concerns about the weather. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Obama scrubs stadium speech over weather concerns

    By David R. Sands - The Washington Times

    There will be no replay of Denver 2008 as organizers of the Democratic National Convention announced Wednesday that President Obama's planned outdoor acceptance speech at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., has been moved indoors because of threatening rain in the forecast. Published September 5, 2012

  • Caucus leader vows get-out-the-vote campaign

    By Sean Lengell - The Washington Times

    While enthusiasm for President Obama among black voters has waned a bit since his first run at the White House in 2008, the Democratic Party will do what is necessary to ensure black voters turn out to secure his re-election, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus said in an interview Wednesday. Published September 5, 2012

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks at a breakfast news briefing Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. (Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor)

    Pelosi says Dems' takeover of House is within reach

    By Sean Lengell - The Washington Times

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi isn't a mathematician, but on Wednesday she shared with reporters an intricate arithmetical formula that shows a "very doable" path for Democrats to win back the House in the November elections. Published September 5, 2012

  • Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Democrats scramble to restore Jerusalem plank to platform

    By Stephen Dinan and Susan Crabtree - The Washington Times

    The White House scrambled Wednesday to alter the Democratic Party platform after they adopted a version that left out references to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and made no mention of God. Published September 5, 2012

  • Delegate’s front-row seat a bully pulpit on what we eat

    By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

    Vani Hari had a tube of lipstick, a front-row seat and a message. Amid the sea of signs waved by delegates at the Democratic National Convention, the 33-year-old North Carolina delegate stood with her "Forward" sign held high, crowned by the words "Label GMOs!" written in lipstick red. Published September 5, 2012

  • Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

    CURL: A game changer, in three minutes

    By Joseph Curl

    In just three short minutes, Democrats handed the 2012 election to Republican Mitt Romney. Published September 5, 2012

  • A changed Obama reins in the rhetoric

    By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    President Obama's partisan tone on the campaign trail these days is a far cry from his idealism of 2004, when the fresh-faced Illinois state senator introduced himself to the nation with his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. Published September 5, 2012

  • President Obama waves to supporters Sept. 5, 2012, as he arrives at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention. (Associated Press)

    Obama arrives in Charlotte as tomorrow's address is moved indoors

    By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    Embarking on the stretch run of his final campaign, President Obama arrived at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon in advance of accepting his party's renomination Thursday night. Published September 5, 2012

  • Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, greets supporters during a campaign event at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel, Iowa, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Ryan: Reference to God missing from Democratic platform

    By Associated Press

    The Democratic Party's platform makes no reference to God, drawing criticism from Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate. Published September 5, 2012

  • **FILE** Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican (Associated Press)

    Surrogates play high-stakes game of political football

    By Patrick Hruby - The Washington Times

    For Democrats, this week's convention is an opportunity to meet, greet and put a collective best foot forward to the national electorate. For Republicans, it's an opportunity to poke and prod, issue rebuttals, and generally make like the snarky Stadler and Waldorf from "The Muppet Show." Published September 5, 2012

  • Tester (AP photo)

    Some red-state Democrats leave Charlotte off itinerary

    By Paige Winfield Cunningham - The Washington Times

    While their colleagues are in Charlotte, N.C., this week for the party's national convention, many red-state Democrats are staying put to sweat it out on the campaign trail — and create some distance between them and their more liberal counterparts. Published September 5, 2012

  • A rough morning after for Obama on jobs

    By David Hill - The Washington Times

    President Obama is expected to thrill supporters Thursday night when he speaks at the Democratic National Convention, but the good feeling could be short-lived with the arrival of a critical jobs report to be released Friday morning. Published September 5, 2012

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  • Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Obama's party says no to God

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - The Washington Times

    The most memorable moment of the Democratic National Convention was when the delegates denied God three times from the convention floor. It was the latest blunder in an Obama re-election effort that increasingly looks like it doesn't have a prayer. Published September 6, 2012

  • President Obama speaks during a campaign event at Norfolk State University, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    MILLER: Obama's not-so-faithful party

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    The bloom was off the rose for Democrats as their convention kicked off in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. The attempt to recapture the magic of the 2008 election is faltering as party faithful are running away from the incumbent candidate, President Obama, to preserve their own political careers. Published September 4, 2012

  • Illustration Fighting Over the Country by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    WILDER: Advice to my fellow Democrats

    By L. Douglas Wilder

    In 1969, I ran for the Virginia state Senate as a Democrat. Not because any party grandees came to my door and begged -- or even suggested -- I throw my hat in the ring. I did it because I talked with my friends and neighbors in Richmond and across the state. Published September 4, 2012

  • Illustration Union Split by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    BERMAN: Union thugs crying about Democratic convention

    By Rick Berman

    Labor leaders have had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year, politically speaking. Published August 14, 2012

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    • ** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) prepares to speak on Friday, Nov. 3, 2011, at the town hall in Exeter, N.H., as former Gov. John Sununu pulls up his socks. (Associated Press)

      Sununu: Democrats moved convention indoors because of poor attendance

      By David Hill

      Never one to miss an opportunity to criticize Democrats, former New Hampshire governor and Republican John Sununu theorized Wednesday afternoon that the party is moving the final night of its Democratic National Convention because it can't fill the planned venue, and not because of possible bad weather. Published September 5 2012

    • Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

      RNC touts fact-checkers to rebut DNC claims about Romney’s gubernatorial brawn

      By Seth McLaughlin

      Looking to rebut assertions that Massachusetts ranked near the bottom in job creation when Mitt Romney was calling the shots in the Bay State, the Republican National Committee pointed to fact-checkers who found the charge, made again Tuesday by Gov. Deval Patrick at the Democratic convention, to be "half true." Published September 5 2012

    • Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is expecting a battle in Congress when a short-term D.C. spending resolution expires Nov. 18. (The Washington Times)

      Democrats deny speaking time to D.C. statehood

      By Stephen Dinan

      While they buried a call for statehood-type rights for the District of Columbia in their platform, Democrats will not have advocates speak about the issue from the podium during their three-day convention in Charlotte, the city's representative to Congress said on Tuesday. Published September 4 2012

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