News Section: Election 2012
President Clinton and Elizabeth Warren Headline Tonight's DNC Events
|Former President Bill Clinton|
BRADENTON – The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, will address the Democratic National Convention tonight in Charlotte, NC. Popular Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will also be one of the guest speakers. She faces incumbent Scott Brown for the Massachusetts seat formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy in November.
Clinton has been appearing in ads promoting President Obama's accomplishments and is expected to endorse his economic platform during tonight's speech. Jimmy Carter, the other living Democratic ex-president spoke via video at last night's proceedings. Former President George W. Bush was noticeably absent from last week's Republican National Convention, becoming the first living two-term president to not have addressed his party's convention.
Warren is among the party's most popular females. The Harvard Law professor gained national fame when she was appointed by United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to chair the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act in 2008.
For each report, Warren released a video on the Congressional Oversight Panel's website explaining key findings and regularly appeared in the media warning that regulations that would prevent another meltdown like 2008 were not in place. Warren also argued for the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency designed to "make basic financial practices such as taking out a mortgage or loan more clear and transparent while ferreting out unfair lending practices." Thanks to her efforts, the bureau was established by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Warren then worked as a Special Assistant to the President for the first year of the law up until the agency's formal opening. Consumer advocacy groups pushed for the President to nominate her as the agency's permanent director, but Warren was strongly opposed by Wall Street and Republicans in Congress, who criticized her as overly aggressive on regulations. In September of 2011, she announced her intentions to run for the Senate.
Starting at 5 p.m.
Call to order: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Illinois)
Rep. Diana DeGette (Colorado)
John Perez, California State Assembly speaker
Mayor Thomas Menino (Boston, Massachusetts)
Rep. Judy Chu (California)
Steve Westly, former California state controller
Rep. John Larson (Connecticut)
Ken Myers, deputy sheriff (Carroll County, Iowa)
Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president
Rep. Steve Israel (New York)
Sen. Patty Murray (Washington)
Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (Puerto Rico)
Tom Steyer, Advanced Energy Economy co-founder
Sen. Charles Schumer (New York)
Rep. Karen Bass (California)
Rep. Al Green (Texas)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Missouri)
Gov. Dannel Malloy (Connecticut)
Denise Juneau, Montana Office of Public Instruction superintendent
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (California)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Maryland)
Jim Hunt, former North Carolina governor
Harvey Gantt, former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
Elizabeth Ann "Libby" Bruce
Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America president
Rep. Steny Hoyer (Maryland)
Rep. Barney Frank (Massachusetts)
Gen. Eric Shinseki
Mayor Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Gov. John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
Simone Campbell, NETWORK executive director
Gov. Jack Markell (Delaware)
Kamala Harris, California attorney general
Austin Ligon, Co-founder and retired CEO of CarMax
Bob King, UAW president
Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt and David Foster
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Maryland)
Jim Senegal, Costco founder and former CEO
Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate candidate (Massachusetts)
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
President Bill Clinton
Thursday, September 6
Starting at 6 p.m.
Vice President Joe Biden
President Barack Obama
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