The schedule for the final night of the Democratic National Convention has been released and Vice President Joe Biden has been relegated to the 9pm eastern hour, out of reach for the broadcast networks covering the 10pm eastern slot. Another notable story line is the decision to move the Vice President and President speeches from Bank Of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, back into the Time Warner Center where the convention is taking place. The Obama campaign cited this evening’s chance of rain as the reason for the move but rumors persist that the real reason involves an inability to fill the 60,000 seat stadium. As of now, looks like the forecast has turned for the worse so probably a good decision regardless of the reason.
Broadcast Television: NBC, ABC, CBS from 10pm to 11pm eastern
Cable News: All evening
Report from the Washington Post:
Below is an approximate schedule for speakers at the podium on the Democratic National Convention’s third night in Charlotte, courtesy of the Obama campaign. Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.), originally scheduled to speak Wednesday, will appear tonight. Other notable speakers include Wisconsin Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin, Caroline Kennedy, former Florida governor (and former Republican) Charlie Crist, Rep. John Lewis (Ga.), Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Sen. John Kerry (Mass.), Jill Biden, Vice President Biden, and of course, President Obama.
Three famous actresses — Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington — will also speak. Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is scheduled to deliver the Pledge of Allegiance, but she isn’t listed.
The theme of the night is “Americans Coming Together.” There will be videos devoted to the end of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and gay marriage.
Musical interludes include live performances by James Taylor, Marc Anthony (singing the national anthem), Mary J. Blige, and the Foo Fighters.
Continue reading for the full Thursday night schedule.
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Eastern)
Jim Messina – Campaign Manager, Obama for America
American Heroes Video: Auto Workers
Kenyetta Jones, Ryan Case, Ed Meagher, Martha Figueroa, Lucas Beenken, Rob Hach
Vice Presidential Nomination Intro
The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
Mayor of Los Angeles, California
Attorney General of Delaware and Son of Vice President Joe Biden
Vote by Acclamation
The Honorable James E. Clyburn
Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina
Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Eastern)
Author and Attorney
The Honorable Xavier Becerra
Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California
The Honorable Jennifer Granholm
Former Governor of Michigan
The Honorable Brian Schweitzer
Governor of Montana
The Honorable Charlie Crist, Jr.
Former Governor of Florida
The Honorable John Kerry
Member of the US Senate, Massachusetts
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Eastern)
Admiral John B. Nathman
United States Navy, Retired
Dr. Jill Biden
Second Lady of the United States
Vice President Joe Biden Video
The Honorable Joe Biden
Vice President of the United States
10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Eastern)
Video and Remarks
The Honorable Dick Durbin
Member of the US Senate, Illinois
President Barack Obama Video
President of the United States
Subject to change.