, Colorado
Pepsi Center and Invesco Field
August 25th - 28th 2008

Democratic Convention Schedule of Speakers


Monday, July 25, 2016: Democratic Convention, Day 1
Tuesday, July 26, 2016: Democratic Convention, Day 2
Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Democratic Convention, Day 3
Thursday, July 28, 2016: Democratic Convention, Day 4
  List of all Speakers with videos and transcripts

Convention Chairperson:
Nancy Pelosi of California
Presidential Nominee:
Barack H. Obama of Illinois
Vice Presidential Nominee:
Joseph R. Biden of Delaware
 


In August of 2008, thousands of supporters of the United States Democratic Party flocked to Denver, Colorado to the 45th Democratic National Convention. A lavish and expensive affair, the city of Denver overcame 35 other notable cities, including others finalists New York and Minneapolis-St Paul, part of a group 11 contenders which had committed completed proposals necessary for the bidding process. Although the Host Committee had concerns of a $15 million dollar shortfall several months prior to the date, it did in fact, obtain the needed funding, reaching over $60 million. This however, was relatively minute in comparison to the $160 million in revenue expected from the convention transpiring there.

Taking place from August 25th to August 28th, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) of 2008, attracted some 50,000 attendees, for the first three days. First located in the Pepsi Center stadium, these date carried such themes as "One Nation,", "Renewing America's Promise," and "Securing America's Future" respectively. The final day, in which the selected nominee articulated an acceptance speech, the convention to the Invensco Field, where some 84,000 people attended while an estimated audience 38.4 million followed the broadcast of the final speech.

Not all those who chose to make appearance shared the common political beliefs of the party. As with any political statement, this event also stirred controversy among some. Taking this into account, a demonstration area, located in "Park Lot A" was fashioned to accommodate the protesters, while keeping them at somewhat of a distance. Ironically, a wire mesh fence designed to keep the protesters at a distance was itself a cause of objection. Meanwhile, the city of Denver prepared for any unruly demonstrations by forming a task force of about 3,000 officers from the Denver Police department and others. Ultimately, there was reported total of 152 arrests, including a new producer for ABC News, but for these detainment were for relatively small infractions such as trespassing.

All opposition aside, the content of the occasion had high standards to meet-even among the strongest supporters. A definitive point in history, this event gathered many from around the country to celebrate the progress of groundbreaking nominees, and instill a hope for a path to better times. Among those giving speeches were well-known political figures as former president Bill Clinton, former vice president John Kerry, former senator Hillary Clinton, former Senator Joe Biden, former Senator Barack Obama, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, former Vice President Al Gore. Even Michelle Obama gave an oration to assuage voters' uncertainties about her husband. However, the real focal point consisted of two people: former Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (New York) and former Senator Barack Obama (Illinos). One thing was certain: this event would prove to be a monumental in the history of the United States.

Indeed, former Senator Hillary Clinton and former Senator Obama proved to be symbolic of the changing times, no matter who was awarded the nomination. African- American, youthful, and charismatic, Obama, with his platform of "Change We Can Believe In" raised the spirits of many people frustrated with the current landscape and discouraged by economic turmoil. A successful bid for the presidency by Obama definitely appealed to quite a few participants. On the other hand, the more experienced Hillary Clinton offered dream personified to a number of female voters: an affluent, intelligent, and politically connected figure poised to shatter the glass ceiling which has brought headaches to so many other women. Because both these candidates represented parties historically undermined, many media outlets proclaimed a contest pitting race against gender, an especially difficult decision for voters, especially for African-American women.

Ultimately, Clinton, having endorsed Obama on June 3rd of that year, (though still in the running) formally ended her bid for the nomination during the roll call. Before the roll call was suspended, New York's Hillary Clinton had amassed 341.5 of the delegates' votes, compared to 1549 allocated to Illinois' Barack Obama- perhaps in part due to nearly quarter of the delegate count being African American. This designated the wildly popular former senator Barack Obama as the sole contender against Republican opponent John McCain. In short, the 2008 Democratic National Convention signified Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's new hope to renew America's promise, secure America's future, and effectuate the unity of one nation.






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James Clyburn
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Andrew Cuomo
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Leah Daughtry
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Howard Dean
Val Demings
Thaddeus Desmond
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Daniel Driffin
Tammy Duckworth
Mike Duggan
Lena Dunham & America Ferrera
Crisanta Duran
Eagle Academy Students
Keith Ellison
Doug Elmets
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Adriano Espaillat
Cameron Esposito
Luke Feeney
Peggy Flanagan
Barney Frank
Lois Frankel
Al Franken
Shirley Franklin
Jelani Freeman
Marcia Fudge
Sybrina Fulton
Tulsi Gabbard
Ruben Gallego
Eric Garcetti
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Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand
Andrew Gillum
Tony Goldwyn
Chloe Grace Moretz
Jennifer Granholm
Chad Griffin
Raul Grijalva
Alison Lundergan Grimes
Florent Groberg
Luis Gutierrez
Maria Hamilton
Tom Harkin
Jaime Harrison
Dynah Haubert
John Hickenlooper
Mazie Hirono
Mazie Hirono
Ilyse Hogue
Eric Holder
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Steny Hoyer
Dolores Huerta
John Hutson
Henrietta Ivey
Jesse Jackson
Sheila Jackson Lee
Benjamin Jealous
Hakeem Jeffries
Star Jones
Tim Kaine
Gene Karpinski
Kristen Kavanaugh
Joe Kennedy
Jim Kenney
Khizr Khan
Ruben Kihuen
Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar
Tina Kotek
Cheryl Lankford
Christine Leinonen
John Lewis
Ted Lieu
Jennifer Pierotti Lim
Jesse Lipson
Pam Livengood
Eva Longoria
Jennifer Loudon
Demi Lovato
Nita Lowey
Ben Ray Luján
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Dan Malloy
Sean Patrick Maloney
Sean Patrick Maloney & Sarah McBride
Lauren Manning
Marlon Marshall
Beth Mathias
Ima Matul Maisaroh
Terry McAuliffe
Lucia McBath
Claire McCaskill
Katie McGinty
Cameron McLay
Lezley McSpadden
Gregory Meeks
Jeff Merkley
Debra Messing
Barbara Mikulski
Barbara Mikulski
Anton Moore
Ryan Moore
Gwen Moore
Chris Murphy
Patty Murray
Gavin Newsom
Michael Nutter
Michelle Obama
Barack Obama
Martin O’Malley
Karla & Francisca Ortiz
Barbara Owens & Wayne Owens
Leon Panetta
Dustin Parsons
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley
Katy Perry
John Podesta
Lorella Praeli
Charles Ramsey
Kasim Reed
Geneva Reed-Veal
Harry Reid
Cecile Richards
Cedric Richmond
Diane Russell
Tim Ryan
Linda Sánchez
Bernie Sanders
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Jan Schakowsky
Adam Schiff
Stephanie Schriock
Chuck Schumer
Bobby Scott
Bakari Sellers
Jeanne Shaheen
Jeanne Shaheen
Astrid Silva
Sarah Silverman
Erica Smegielski
Anastasia Somoza
Patricia Spearman
Meryl Streep
Joe Sweeney
Mark Takano
Neera Tanden
Lupe Valdez
Nydia Velázquez
Antonio Villaraigosa
Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed
Wayne Walker
Marty Walsh
Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Maxine Waters
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Karen Weaver
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Wellington Webb
Dave Wills
Tom Wolf
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