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CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS: Obama nominated; Michelle Obama, Julian Castro speak

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | 10:59 p.m. CDT; updated 11:31 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This article was written by Joe Vozzelli based on reporting from The Associated Press.

The first full day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., saw the official nomination of President Barack Obama, an all-important speech for first lady Michelle Obama and a keynote address by San Antonio mayor Julian Castro.

Just as Ann Romney did for her husband, the first lady attempted to show voters the human side of the president. Tonight's festivities also included a speech from Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Castro, Michelle Obama highlight Tuesday's session

Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, became the first Latino to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention when he spoke Tuesday night. Castro painted Mitt Romney as a millionaire politician who doesn't understand the needs of the middle class. 

In the bookend speech of Tuesday night, first lady Michelle Obama spoke of her husband's commitment as a father and husband. She said the president is the "man we can trust" to revive a stagnant economy. 

At the convention

Convention organizers are watching the weather forecast for President Obama's scheduled speech Thursday night. The speech will take place at Bank of America Stadium, an open-air football stadium for the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

The National Weather Service predicts a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms at 10:30 p.m. when Obama is scheduled to address the convention.

Plans for Thursday's all-important speech will only change in the event of severe weather, according to Democratic National Convention Committee spokeswoman Joanne Peters. Organizers haven't specified where the speech would be relocated to if severe weather strikes, or for what would be done for the 60,000 ticket holders for Thursday's speech. 

Tuesday's and Wednesday's events are indoors at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Republicans' view

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan made an afternoon appearance Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to continue his offensive against the president, as well as answer questions about the accuracy of what he said during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last Wednesday.

Ryan acknowledged that the president inherited an ailing economy, but criticized Obama for making things worse during his presidency. 

Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, continues to answer to questions about the accuracy of his statement that Obama can be linked to the closure of a General Motors plant in Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wis. That plant closed before Obama took office in January 2009. 

What to watch for

Wednesday's convention schedule is highlighted by former President Bill Clinton. The speech is expected to be a step toward reconciliation between two former political rivals, Obama and Clinton.

Other speakers on Wednesday's agenda include Elizabeth Warren, who's running in Massachusetts for a U.S. Senate seat. 

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.


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