TODAY, President Obama and Vice President Biden accept the nomination.
HAPPENING TODAY: Pen and pad press briefing at 2:00 p.m..…Gavel in for day three at Time Warner Cable Arena…Sen. John Kery speaks tonight in national security segment…Vice President Biden speaks…President Obama speaks and accepts the nomination
Convention fun fact of the day: The DNCC staff set a goal of performing 2,012 hours of service to the Charlotte community before the convention in its 2,012 hours for 2012 campaign. Today, as the First Lady and Dr. Biden participate in a USO service project, the DNCC will announce that it doubled its goal, performing 4,034 hours of service.
After the speeches last night: Delegates unanimously nominate President Obama, Democrats are united behind the President.
Democrats make the case for President Obama……..
Washington Post: Bill Clinton offers forceful defense of Obama’s record
Former president Bill Clinton delivered a spirited defense of President Obama’s handing of the nation’s struggling economy here Wednesday night, criticizing the agenda and philosophy of Mitt Romney and accusing the Republican Party of ideological rigidity and an unwillingness to compromise. In a speech formally nominating Obama for a second term, Clinton argued that the president has spent the past four years putting in place policies that will lead to a more vibrant and balanced economy and asserted that, despite problems, Americans are “clearly better off” than they were when the president was sworn into office. “No president — not me or any of my predecessors — no one could have fully repaired all the damage in just four years,” Clinton said. Obama, he added, “has laid the foundations for a new modern successful economy, a shared prosperity, and if you will renew the president’s contract, you will feel it.” Clinton took the stage just after 10:30 p.m. to a chorus of cheers and applause, with delegates waving signs that said “Middle Class First” while his 1992 campaign theme song, “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow),” blared on the public address system. After Clinton concluded, almost 50 minutes later, Obama walked on stage to acknowledge the work done on behalf of his reelection. The two men shook hands, embraced, smiled and waved to the audience and then walked off together. At that point, the roll call of the states began to formalize Obama’s nomination
USAToday: Analysis: Clinton argues the case for re-election
President Obama and his Republican opponents have fought to a draw for nearly four years over the best way to fix the economy. On Wednesday, Obama turned to the Democratic Party's explainer-in-chief to win the argument: Bill Clinton. The former president did what he does best. He made the case for a Democratic-style economic revival based on investments in individuals and innovation. He stood up for the man who defeated his wife four years ago and stated the case against Mitt Romney better than anyone else has been able to do. For 48 minutes, he delivered a stunning tour de force that had delegates on their feet.
"In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president's re-election was pretty simple: 'We left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in,' " Clinton said in nominating Obama for a second term. "I like the argument for President Obama's re-election a lot better."
Politico: Warren gives fiery defense of Obama, blasts Romney
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren delivered a fiery endorsement of President Barack Obama on Wednesday evening while blasting Mitt Romney as a plutocrat blind to the needs of the middle class. Warren, a consumer watchdog and hero of the left, aimed her remarks squarely at blue-collar, middle-class voters, repeatedly calling them victims of a “top-down” corporate world that, she said, had a close ally in the Republican presidential candidate. “I talk to nurses and programmers, salespeople and firefighters, people who bust their tails every day. Not one of them — not one — stashes their money in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying their fair share of taxes,” the Massachusetts Democrat said of Romney, a barb that elicited a roar of applause. “Mitt Romney wants to give billions in breaks to big corporations — but he and Paul Ryan would pulverize financial reform, voucherize Medicare and vaporize Obamacare,” she added. Warren, who’s locked in a pitched battle against Sen. Scott Brown for a seat that could determine the balance of power in the Senate, steered clear of mentioning her Republican opponent.
USA Today: Democrats press Bain case against Romney
The Democrats sought to make their case against Mitt Romney and Bain Capital tonight with a string of witnesses: workers laid off after Bain bought their companies. "When Mitt Romney talks about his business experience, remember it is not experience creating good-paying jobs," said Cindy Hewitt, a former worker from Miami. "It is experience cutting jobs. It is experience shutting plants." David Foster said that Romney and the private-equity firm Bain loaded up his old Kansas City steel mill "with millions in debt -- and within months, they used some of that borrowed money to pay themselves millions. Within a decade, the debt kept growing and was so large the company was forced into bankruptcy." A laid-off worker named Randy Johnson said he doesn't think Romney is "a bad man," or fault him because some companies fail. "What I fault him for is making money without a moral compass," Johnson said. "I fault him for putting profits before people like me. But that's just Romney economics ... Mitt Romney will stick it to working people." Romney aides said Bain saved many more companies than it lost, and created more jobs in the bargain. Meanwhile, Romney spokeswoman Michele Davis said, Obama "doesn't want to talk about his record -- unemployment over 8% and 23 million Americans looking for work." "Mitt Romney helped build new companies and fix struggling ones," Davis said. "He knows how to get America back to work."