September 4th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Billionaire John Paul DeJoria uses an old-fashion rail car to spread his message of bipartisanship

In the 19th-century, the railroad was the most efficient way to travel across the country. And private rail cars were the equivalent of today's private planes.

It's probably no surprise that many presidential candidates – including Lincoln, Roosevelt and Truman used trains to campaign. And while these "whistle-stop tours" are now more a novelty than a necessity, one man hopes this political tradition continues.

John Paul Dejoria, an OutFront Strike Team member and the founder of Paul Mitchell and Patron Tequila, has purchased one of the most well-known private trains to help spread his political message.

He invited CNN's Erin Burnett to join him on board during his most recent stop at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Economic Strike Team • Politics
Return of the ObamaCons: 2008 Conservative Obama Backers staying with the president
September 4th, 2012
02:27 PM ET

Return of the ObamaCons: 2008 Conservative Obama Backers staying with the president

Democrats kick off their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina today, while President Barack Obama spoke to supporters in Norfolk, Virginia. The President will look to Virginia for the same support he received in 2008, when a Democratic presidential candidate carried the state for the first time since 1964.

John King: To win, Obama must make history again

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, John Avlon talks to Republicans and conservatives who backed President Obama in 2008 to find out why they are staying with the president four years later.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team. FULL POST

Democrats kick off convention in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 03: First lady Michelle Obama stands at the podium on stage with stage manager David Cove for a soundcheck during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
September 4th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Democrats kick off convention in Charlotte

The Democrats officially kick off  their convention Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. All eyes are on the DNC to convince Americans that President Barack Obama deserves four more years in the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro are the headlining tonight.

Five things to watch at the DNC this week

Tune to CNN for the special primetime coverage of the Democratic National Convention. While you are watching the convention join a LIVE conversation with political analysts, reporters and experts on CNN.com/ConventionsLive.

Here is the current schedule released by the DNC with a list of speakers to appear tonight.

Tuesday, September 4

"Americans Coming Together"

Starting at 5 p.m.

  • Call to order
  • Chair of the DNC Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • CEO of Democratic National Convention Committee Stephen Kerrigan
  • Bishop Vashti McKenzie
  • Mayor Julian Castro (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Attorney General Kamala Harris (California)
  • Gov. Martin O'Malley (Maryland)
  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Los Angeles, California)
  • Rep. Steny Hoyer (Maryland)
  • Andrew Tobias, DNC treasurer
  • Alice Germond, DNC secretary FULL POST