(NEW YORK) — As of now, there are no surprise speakers scheduled to talk to an empty chair at the Democratic National Convention that kicks off Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.
Rather, Democrats hope to stay on message as they prepare to renominate President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
On Tuesday, the convention will hear from first lady Michelle Obama and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, as well as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, actor Kal Penn and former President Jimmy Carter via video.
Wednesday’s highlights include former President Bill Clinton formally nominating Obama for reelection, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and various Democratic governors and Cabinet officials.
Thursday’s speakers include Caroline Kennedy, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, actress Eva Longoria and, of course, acceptance speeches by Obama and Biden.
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