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Live video chat: Michelle Obama and the opening of the DNC

September 05, 2012|By James Rainey

Michelle Obama opened the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., with a rousing semantic embrace of her husband, President Obama, and a smiling, but deeply caustic, critique of the man who wants to replace him in the White House — Mitt Romney.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Matea Gold will join me — Politics Now host Jim Rainey — in a video discussion of what the first lady accomplished with her speech and what the mission for the Democrats will be pushing forward Wednesday night with another of the party’s big names — former President Clinton.

The live video chat begins at 11 a.m. PDT.

Michelle Obama wowed the partisan crowd here with semantic and stylistic flair, yet managed to deliver some tough shots at the Republican challenger who she (without ever naming him) suggested is money-fixated and out of touch with average Americans.

Clinton can be expected to use his Wednesday night address to argue why Obama, despite more than three years of recession, remains the best choice to pull the U.S. economy out of a slump.

The former president has already been a regular presence in the homes of voters in battleground states—with ads in heavy rotation that suggest that an economic recovery can move ahead, while cutting taxes for the wealthy.

We’ll also discuss the Saturday night speech by Obama that will cap off Charlotte convention. Originally intended to be delivered outdoors at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, organizers announced they would move the all-important closing event of the convention to the indoor Time Warner arena. Why the change? We’ll talk about that, and the rest of the day's news, here at Politics Now.

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