Dems Announce Most “Open” Convention Ever
Today, organizers for the Democratic National Convention announced the event’s official themes and a national “interactive town hall,” designed to create the most participatory convention in U.S. history. Billed as “Americans Gathering to Change the Course of a Nation,” the convention promises a bigger role for regular Americans — both in the public access at Invesco Field for Sen. Barack Obama’s nomination speech, and in programming featuring voters by simulcasts from seven other cities and pre-recorded videos submitted through the convention’s online town hall portal.
“The plan is not only to include voices from across America, but also people from across America who have never had a chance to participate before,” said Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, a campaign co-chair who addressed reporters during a Monday morning conference call. She announced themes and prime-time speakers for each night of the convention:
**Day One: “One Nation” with Michelle Obama.**
** Day Two: “Renewing America