A Brief History of the DNC 2012
The Democratic National Convention or DNC, is the nominating convention of the Democratic party. The party officially nominated President Obama and Vice President Biden for a second term. The city of Charlotte North Carolina hosted the 2012 DNC Charlotte convention. Most events were held at the Time Warner Center The major networks aired an hour of live coverage every evening during the three day convention.
Many famous Democrats spoke at the convention including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter. President Carter appeared via live video feed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not attend, because Secretary of States aren’t allowed to attend political conventions. Former Republican Governor of Florida Charlie Crist gave a speech. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro became the DNC 2012′s first Latino keynote speaker. Celebrities like Caroline Kennedy and actor Kal Penn also spoke.
Memorable Moments at the DNC 2012
The DNC included several special presentations. One was a video tribute to the late Senator Teddy Kennedy. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi led a presentation on Women in the House of Representatives which included six current congresswomen. Candidates Joyce Beatty of Ohio and Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii also participated.
The Democratic party platform was presented at the convention. Entitled “Moving America Foward” it is made up of four basic tenets. The first is “Rebuilding Middle Class Security” which includes putting Americans back to work, asking all Americans to pay their fair share, and building a lasting economy. The second tenet is “America Works When Everyone Plays By The Same Rules” and includes reforming Wall Street, lobbying practices, and campaign finance laws. It also addresses building a modern government. “Great Together” addresses strengthening community and protecting everyone’s rights and freedoms.
The final tenet is “Stronger in the World, Safer and More Secure at Home” which deals with national security and foreign policy. It presents ideas on responsibly ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan along with ending the threat of Al-Qaeda. The Obama administration’s stance on nuclear policy is also discussed. A small debate broke out at the convention over declaring Jerusalem capital of Israel.
The DNC Most People Don’t Know About
“DNC” refers to the Democratic National Committee, which helped organize the convention. It was first established at the 1848 Democratic National Convention. The focus of the committee is to help Democratic candidates get elected and campaign on behalf of Democratic policies. All members of the committee are super delegates who vote at the convention. The current committee chairperson is U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.