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

6 p.m.

  • Rep. Barbara Lee (California)
  • Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy (Ret.)
  • Mayor Cory Booker (Newark, New Jersey)
  • Gov. Bev Perdue (North Carolina)
  • Ryan Case
  • Mary Kay Henry, international president of Service Employees International Union
  • Rep. Charles Gonzalez (Texas)
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez (New York)
  • Gov. Pat Quinn (Illinois)
  • Firefighter Doug Stern (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, U.S. Senate candidate

7 p.m.

  • Mayor Anthony Foxx (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Sen. Harry Reid (Nevada)
  • Ken Salazar
  • Joe Kennedy III, U.S. congressional candidate (Massachusetts)
  • Former Rep. Robert Wexler

8 p.m.

  • Mayor R.T. Rybak (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Rep. Jared Polis (Colorado)
  • Maria Ciano
  • Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Nate Davis
  • Tammy Duckworth, U.S. congressional candidate (Illinois)
  • Gov. Lincoln Chafee (Rhode Island)
  • Rep. James Clyburn (South Carolina)
  • Stacey Lihn
  • Rep. Xavier Becerra (California)

9 p.m.

  • Former Gov. Ted Strickland (Ohio)
  • Kathleen Sebelius
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Kal Penn
  • Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng
  • Lilly Ledbetter
  • Gov. Deval Patrick (Massachusetts)

10 p.m.

  • Gov. Martin O'Malley (Maryland)
  • Joaquin Castro, U.S. congressional candidate (Texas)
  • Mayor Julian Castro (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Elaine Brye
  • First lady Michelle Obama
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