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3:33pm

Tue September 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Some Black Delegates Say Obama's Race A More Nuanced Factor In 2012

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:27 pm

Dianne Hart and Marcus Wheeler are both Florida delegates. Said Wheeler, of President Obama: "I would have the same expectation for any president that I have for him."
Liz Halloran NPR

Over the past four years, the presidential narrative has shifted for African-Americans like Louisiana state Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith of Baton Rouge.

"I'm 66 years old," said Smith, at an event Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., for black state legislators here for the Democratic National Convention. "And before 2008, I didn't think I'd live to see a dream come true."

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3:31pm

Tue September 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Live Blog: Tuesday At The Democratic National Convention

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 10:56 pm

A general view of the start of Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday.
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Good evening from Charlotte, N.C., where Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz gaveled the convention to order promptly at 5 p.m. ET. in Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena.

Schultz, who is also the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said that throughout the next three days, "we will demonstrate we need to keep President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden four more years."

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1:28pm

Tue September 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Are You Better Off? Democrats In Charlotte Say It's Complicated

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 3:21 pm

Caroline Sink (from left), Liz McKeithen, Mary Edith Alexander and Sue Collins were handing out lemonade and cookies in front of the First Presbyterian Church.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

As Mark reported earlier, that's the question Republicans want Americans to ask themselves as they head to the polls this November.

The question was brought to the forefront after Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley was asked that question on CBS' Face the Nation.

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7:52am

Tue September 4, 2012
It's All Politics

At DNC, Julián Castro Tackles Comparisons To President Obama

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, left, and his twin brother State Rep. Joaquin Castro give an interview during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

As is traditional, first lady Michelle Obama will be the featured speaker on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Thursday.

But the buzz in the political sphere and in the city is all about San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who has the distinction of being the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic convention.

Outside of Texas, however, Castro is essentially unknown.

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7:00am

Tue September 4, 2012
It's All Politics

For Democrats, Batting Last May Offer An Edge But No Guarantee

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 2:51 pm

The Obama campaign logo hangs from the ceiling inside Time Warner Cable Arena at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday.
David Goldman AP

Any sandlot ballplayer knows the value of batting last in baseball, but what is the value of doing the same when you're running for president of the United States?

It has long been a tradition of our presidential election system that the party in the White House holds its nominating convention after the opposition party. It is as though the challenger gets to make a case, and the reigning champion gets to respond.

Tonight we will commence the response portion of that program.

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