Clinton's DNC Opening Act: Elizabeth Warren

That still leaves keynote spot open
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2012 2:35 AM CDT
Updated Jul 31, 2012 2:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Democrats are trying to pack in all the headline-grabbers they can at their national convention. Elizabeth Warren has been tapped to do the big lead-in for Bill Clinton on the penultimate night at the convention, essentially presenting a "one-two punch" for the Dems, reports the Boston Globe. Warren, like Clinton, is expected to drive home the message that President Obama has what it takes to steer the economy through the storm. The Massachusetts Senate candidate said it will be an "honor" to share the stage with Clinton, and to speak up for the president.

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“I grew up in a hard-working family, in an America that was investing in kids like me. President Obama is committed to making sure that America has a level playing field for all, and to ensuring that every kid has the opportunity to make it,” she said. Warren was under consideration for the keynote speech at the convention, the Globe had reported. Observers believe she may have been skipped over for that because the Obama campaign wants to dodge further GOP attacks for the "you didn't build that" message that might be stirred up by Warren in a keynote. The Obama campaign has denied that Warren's "opening act" assignment is a penalty, but Senate incumbent Scott Brown insists the president is trying to put some space between him and Warren because her "radical anti-free-enterprise rhetoric" is "so far out of the mainstream." (Read more President Obama stories.)

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