DNC Schedule: Former President Bill Clinton, Activist Sandra Fluke Set to Speak Wednesday Night

Delegates also are scheduled to hear remarks from Western Pennsylvania natives Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Democratic National Convention  for Wednesday night features remarks by women's rights activist Sandra Fluke and Western Pennsylvania natives Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Former President Bill Clinton is set to speak during the 10 p.m. hour.

Scheduled highlights of the evening include:

Wednesday, Sept. 5:

5 p.m.

Call to Order: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Invocation: Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, 10th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Presentation of Colors

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem by musician Branford Marsalis

U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado

John A. Pérez, speaker of the California State Assembly

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

U.S. Rep. Judy Chu of California

Steve Westly, former state controller and CFO of California

An Economy Built to Last video: Small Business

Rep. John Larson of Connecticut

Deputy Sheriff Ken Myers, Carroll County, Iowa


6 p.m.

Richard Trumka, president, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel of New York

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington

Pedro R. Pierluisi, non-voting member of U.S. House, resident commissioner of Puerto Rico

An Economy Build to Last video: Energy

Tom Steyer, co-founder of Advanced Energy Economy

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass of California

U.S. Rep. Al Green of Texas

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy


7 p.m.

Denise Juneau, superintendent of the Montana Office of Public Instruction

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland

Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Progress for People video: Education

American Voices: Johanny Adames

Former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt

Video: in memoriam

Harvey B. Gantt, former mayor of Charlotte, N.C.

Live performance by singer/songwriter Jessica Sanchez


8 p.m.

Stronger Together video: Women’s Health

American Voices: Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Bruce

Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts

American Heroes video: Veterans

American Voices: Ed Meagher

Gen. Eric Shinseki

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Roman Catholic Social Justice organization, NETWORK

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell


9 p.m.

Karen Mills

Progress for People video: Small Business

American Voices: Bill Butcher

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris

Stronger Together video: Immigration

Benita Veliz, DREAM Act activist

Cristina Saralegui, journalist, actress and talk show host

Sandra Fluke, attorney and women’s rights activist

Austin Ligon, co-founder and former CEO of CarMax Inc.

An Economy Build to Last video: Auto Industry

American Voices: Karen Eusanio

UAW President Bob King

Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt and David Foster: former employees at companies controlled by Romney’s Bain Capital

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland


10 p.m.

Jim Sinegal, co-founder and former CEO of Costco

Elizabeth Warren, candidate for Senate in Massachusetts

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Former President Bill Clinton

Roll call vote: Alice Germond, secretary of the Democratic National Committee

Benediction by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles

Erin Conners September 10, 2012 at 02:27 AM
That opening of the market that you are describing through the regulation of prices from both the medical corp end (hospitals, testing centers) and the insurance end is exactly what PPACA is trying to do. You are absolutely right. It is a lot and pretty scary. That is why, because of our checks and balances, we are seeing it being broken up and implemented in stages, going through court cases, etc. The main thing the PPACA does is regulate cost. It is not a health plan and outside of medicare that assists those in need, it does not pay for anything. It is reworking our healthcare system because (if we remember correctly) it was failing miserably while avoiding making healthcare public (like in Canada) because this country does not want that. Despite all of the anger right now created by ppl that don't give a crap about this issue, it is the result of a successful government. The PPACA is not Canadian, it isn't European, it is not Socialist, it is big and new which tends to be how this country rolls. Regardless of the Presidential election, the PPACA is not going anywhere. Romney does not have that kind of power as it is already law. If laws were that fragile this country would be in a lot worse shape than it is in now....or better....I suppose it depends on the law.
cecil resident September 10, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Erin PPACA is Obama care because it was so unpopular Obama changed it to PPACA. No matter what you call it still a mess still don't want it.
Erin Conners September 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM
For Pete's sake. "Obamacare" was never actually called Obamacare. It was passed by the Senate in 2009 and was called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act then too. I thought we were being civil now and actually talking facts and legitimate concerns that do not involve death panels and socialism. My mistake. Because here is the thing: You guys don't listen when I repeatedly say that I have concerns and am by no means 100% comfortable with government policies right now (specifically foreign policy but also the PPACA etc). I say it over and over and all I get is "Erin Conners is a liberal" as if that is a dirty word...or as if it is true because guess what? Liberals would not consider me liberal. Bam. Mind blown. Commence with the being horrible to each other. Maybe I will actually read a few college or age jabs before I give up on paying attention again. Side note: Do you ever get suspicious that right wing propaganda is so full of anti-education rhetoric? I go to school in Western PA (as a nontraditional), and it is by NO MEANS a liberal campus. Not at all. Just think about it for a second...Why would a political party (any party) be so anti-education, and why would anyone ever buy that education is a bad thing? "Colleges are evil indoctrination camps" is unquestioned right wing rhetoric at this point. _That_ really scares me. the day when we are all convinced education is bad for us.
Roger September 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Erin, some of us are glad you are here to write your messages. We like your passion and enthusiasm, and interest. We also like to see your messages because it gives us some insight into the young, college aged kids -- at least from one viewpoint. This helps us understand what happens on college campuses and why the young graduates emerge from the college campus with their ideas. It also reveals that their viewpoint is very, very narrow, and, dare I say, naive and ignorant. Not much about life really happens in those classrooms. Maturity doesn't come through academic studies, and being in the closed environment a college campus provides. The perspective is necessarily tempered by what comes from those teaching on campus. It is clear that the range of worldviews represented across campuses is very wide. Some parents spend much time in choosing a college that is consistent with a worldview they hold. For many parents, the pool of those colleges is very small, so they must choose carefully. Your viewpoints help us understand the worldview you embrace, even though you choose not to reveal the basis of that worldview. You do help us to understand your cloistered viewpoint with regard to the anti-education topic. Clearly, you have not wandered out into the real world if you hold this position. While attempting to convince others about openness, these statements reveal quite the opposite. Hang in there. Life will bring useful experiences your way.
Erin Conners September 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Roger you are truly one of the most condescending people ever...in the history of humankind. Because you never actually offer any information, I am pegging you as a troll. This is also due to the fact that no matter how much I tell you that I swiftly approaching my 30th and that I left college to work for 10 years (bills to pay), you continue to refer to me as a college aged kid. Why do you do this? To attempt to make me angry. Who participates in threads only to attempt to make people angry? Internet trolls. More evidence, I say "i pay double insurance" and then explicity state that is not any opinion. I did not say whether that payment was justified, right, or wrong. I said that Sandra Fluke was opposed. You go on to explain that me saying "i pay double..." was not an opinion. Awesome! Because that was exactly my point. I offered no opinion. I was simply clarifying what Fluke was addressing. And yet you still continue to explain the difference between objective and subjective and all of this crap about absolutes. So there are two options with the previous scenario. Either you really have incredibly poor reading comprehension skills, or you are just arguing for the sake of angering me because you are an internet troll and you know that if you continue to intentionally misinterpret/misread everything that I say, eventually my mind will explode due to the absurdity of your comments.


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