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Rahm Emanuel to address Democratic convention

August 20, 2012|By Katherine Skiba
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Lollapalooza.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Lollapalooza. (Sitthixay Ditthavong /…)

WASHINGTON -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will address the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next month, organizers said Monday.

The convention is set to run Sept. 4-6. Democratic Party officials did not announce a date or time for Emanuel's speech, and an to the mayor said those details had not yet been set.

Emanuel was President Obama's first chief of staff and earlier served as a Democratic congressman.

The first two days of the convention are to be at Time Warner Cable Arena. The final day is set for Bank of America Stadium, where Obama is to accept the presidential nomination.

Organizers said other speakers at the convention will include: California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris; Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who is running for the Senate; Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the party's 2004 presidential nominee; Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Previously announced speakers include former President Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The keynote speaker for the gathering is to be San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

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