Obama may move convention speech to Bank of America Stadium

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Submitted: Wed, 01/11/2012 - 3:46pm
Updated: Wed, 01/11/2012 - 9:33pm

By Hans Nichols
Bloomberg News

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is considering moving the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Bank of America Stadium to sell more skyboxes to wealthy donors, according to three Democrats involved in the fundraising.

The almost 74,000-seat home of the Carolina Panthers professional football team would also have room for the convention to sell more floor passes close to the stage. Planners for the event are struggling to meet a $36.6 million fundraising goal, according to the Democrats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter.

Obama’s advisers are aware of the political downside of the president delivering his nationally televised acceptance in a stadium named for a bank that considered imposing a fee that he said would have “mistreated” customers, they said.

That would be outweighed by the chance to lure more big- dollar contributors, including corporate foundations, to cover the convention’s costs, the three Democrats said. The rest of the convention, scheduled to begin Sept. 3, will be conducted at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Joanne Peters, press secretary for the Charlotte convention, said, “We plan to hold the convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena.”

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  • kristin watkins says:

    Wonder if it will look like Greece again with those tacky columns precursor to how we look today ( after his 6 trillion dollars that he is responsible for spending of tax payers money) OR it could have a Communist motif!!! VOTE HIM OUT!!!!

  • Lolly says:

    He could and should have brought our troops home alot sooner then he did. He chose not too because he doesn’t care. He’s not over there putting his life on the line! Obama is one careless selfish man, he doesn’t care about any body else but himself and the family.

    He is the first president to ever fly to Hawaii for Christmas while former presidents went to Camp David and or spent it out the White house.

    Here we are such a poor economy, people loosing jobs and homes and he is taking vacations all over the world on private jets for him and his family! Some president he is!

    Kick him out of office and lets move on. He’s done the damage and lets bring someone in who knows what they are doing. Someone who can run this world and the white house!

  • Guest28451 says:

    Its the only thing big enough to hold his ego and the 5 trillion in debt he’s run up in 3 yrs.

  • guesty says:

    The Carolina Panthers are a losing football team and so is obama. They go well together.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …which is just as unconstitutional as Obamacare.

    I personally think you both stink. Both parties need to go the way of the dinosaur.

  • thumpp says:

    “Reagan raised taxes more than any other president since 1980.”
    -I thought the liberal talking point was that Reagan cut taxes for the wealthy which led to the skyrocketing deficits of the 80’s. Thanks for the clarification.

    “Before him the Socialist republicans(Nixon) got Medicare passed. Since him, they also passed the presciption drug program(Bush). Talk about Socialism…”
    -Stop the presses! Call the Police! Progressives are in both parties!

    “Defense spending has actually gone up under our current President”
    -That’s not the only thing that has gone up… Spending on everything else, inflation, unemployment, the deficit, etc.

    “the little thing of the demise of Osama Bin Ladin that did not happen under the last 7 years of Dubya, even after the torture. Talk about losing your moral compass, torture is the perfect example.”
    -Ironic that the great Nobel Peace Prize winner’s main claim to fame is a policy of clandestine executions and drone attacks. How moral. Imagine the treasure trove of info we’d have if we were waterboarding OBL right now.

    Also, the intel work done under the Bush CIA meant absolutely nothing to Operation Geronimo, right? They still blame Bush for everything, but blind ideology prevents them from giving him any credit.

    “I think it is about time the health care industry had a little competition from someone even if it is the government.”
    -How is a single payer system competitive? And how do you explain the thousands of union waivers?

    “Americans spend more of their paycheck on health care than any other nation.”
    -They pay way more in taxes for that free health care. Also, whenever I require medical attention, I thank my lucky stars I live in the good old USA; it may be more expensive, but it’s still the best in the world.

    Why not let a few states try Obamacare, see how it works, then make a decision whether it should be federal law? Why divide the country over this?

    “Remember,’Keep your government hands off my Medicare’.”
    -So you cherry picked one boneheaded thing one confused elderly woman said at a Tea rally. Good work. Youtube OWS. Not exactly a MENSA meeting in Zuccotti Park, that’s for sure.

    Socialism is evil for many reasons, the very least is that it promotes mediocrity. It devalues the individual in favor of the collective, and consequently squashes innovation. Economic liberty made the USA great, and can also rescue it.

    Thumping complete.

  • Guest2222 says:

    I tried to post this yesterday. All you did was try to obfuscate the facts. (Sorry if that word is too big for you.)
    If you call those weak arguments(?) a thumping, then you are more stupid than you sound on here, which would be difficult for anyone but you.

  • kristin watkins says:

    WHO CARES!!! 16 trillion dollars in debt ( 6 trill on pres Barry’s watch) WAKE UP!!!! VOTE ONE AND DONE!!! ANy Republican up there more qualified than this devisive pres of class warfare!!!!

  • debbie1234 says:

    To Guest1667, regarding Bin Laden, Obama just stayed out of the way. Our troops did all of the work.

  • Guest2012 says:

    OMG! Obama Must Go!

    Anyway you put it, it’s A-Ok with me, just so he is the one-term loser President that I always knew he would be.
    If I could tell him directly, I would say,
    We are sick and tired of providing entitlements DIRECTLY to YOU and your whole family, things like continuous luxurious vacations,
    continuous rounds of golf, $635.00 pair of flip flops for Michelle during their recent trip to Hawaii.
    THIS isn’t a Presidential Palace, IT IS OUR WHITE HOUSE! Get OUT, You have overstayed your welcome, you BUM!

  • Thomas says:

    I cannot wait! Go OBAMA

  • Guest_99x says:

    Of which Bush time table do you speak? The one before or the one AFTER the “Mission Accomplished” dog and pony show?

  • Earlekoenig says:

    I think in the upcoming Hollywood movie, Obama repels from AF-1 and takes Osama out in a knife fight while Michelle provides covering fire.

  • GuestUSMC says:

    Still better than what we were stuck with before him for 8 years. HE is the one that sent the troops, wrecked our economy and created more of a mess than any president could fix in 50 years.

  • Mike Jones says:

    All Obama did was live up to George Bush’s timetable for returning from Iraq, real creative.

  • Sheena says:

    Please stay away from North Carolina. He should not even bother for his re-election. Its pretty much known he’s not welcomed back in the white house once his term is done! He has screwed up enough past 4 years we can’t have him in there 4 more years!

    Like they said

    O – One
    B – Big
    A – A**
    M – Mistake
    A – America

    Lesson be learned we need someone in office to help us not send us into the ground like Obama has been doing. Only good thing he’s done in office was bring our Troops home!

  • Guest6858 says:

    He brought the troops home as a ploy to get re-elected. He could have done it three years ago, but he didn’t.

  • Guest1667 says:

    Does the name Osama Bin Laden ring a bell? I don’t seem to remember him being killed on Dubya’s watch. Why don’t you think before you type, you ignoramus?

  • Guest6858 says:

    How about focusing on the job you were elected to do and not focusing on your own narcissism. What a clown!!

  • Ken says:

    Well I’m a wealthy donor but even I couldn’t afford the Time Warner Cable Arena so I guess a SkyBox at BoA Stadium may be a bit out of the question. $25.00 just doesn’t buy what it used to anymore.

  • Guest2222 says:

    I don’t think republicans want to re-visit the past very much. Since 1980, republicans were in office 2/3’s of the time in which we “lost our moral compass.
    Reagan raised taxes more than any other president since 1980. Before him the Socialist republicans(Nixon) got Medicare passed. Since him, they also passed the presciption drug program(Bush). Talk about Socialism…
    Defense spending has actually gone up under our current President and there is the little thing of the demise of Osama Bin Ladin that did not happen under the last 7 years of Dubya, even after the torture. Talk about losing your moral compass, torture is the perfect example.
    Don’t give me your sanctimonious BS about morality and Socialism because you don’t have a leg to stand on.
    I think it is about time the health care industry had a little competition from someone even if it is the government. Americans spend more of their paycheck on health care than any other nation. Personally, I could use a little break.
    I’ve tried to respond but your arguments are so disjointed it is difficult to know what you are trying to say.
    Remember,”Keep your government hands off my Medicare”.

  • Robert Green says:

    Get ready folks, the second go around of the “Hope and Change” tour will use the state of N.C as it premier platform to reinstate the Socialist in Chief.The lack of economic growth and prosperity brought upon us during his three years is laughable.If this were 1980 once again, Romney would win in a landslide.Since our society has become more liberal and lost it’s moral compass, Barry Saetoro,a.k.a Barack Obama is still in the game.To see the degradation of our society, just watch daily programming to see it’s decline. What was viewed as rated “R’ during my childhood is now acceptable mainstream material.Barry has no record of accomplishment, therefore his party will have to be very creative in trying to cast the Socialist as a postive influence on the nation.Obamacare will create the largest bureaucracy in the federal government. In return, you will receive less quality care , rationing and elimination of the private health care industry.This was all by design even though Barry tells the American people they can keep their coverage. He knows full well the private industry can not compete against a corrupt government that will run deficits to breathe life into socialized health care.All you get is another bill for an inferior product.

    Higher taxes to pay for an always expanding government, more environmental regulations from one arm of the socialist machine, the EPA , unethical and treasonous Attorney General, Eric Holder,who has selective memory and does not support states trying to stem the influx of illegals and White House advisers(i.e Anita Dunn, Van Jones), who look to socialist ideologies for guidance are the reason we are in a hell of a mess. The regime has just expedited our downfall.We are are a few years behind Greece in reaching our financial demise.Appeasing our enemies and aplogizing for American foreign policy.Presently, our enemies(i.e Iran ) are expediting their efforts to go nuclear before a more hardline President comes on board.Also going public about downsizing our nation’s military and it’s future ability of not being able to fight on mutiple fronts, shows he wants to publicly exhibit our weakness and passiveness in future conflicts.

    Barry has been a spectator instead of a leader on most issues!

  • Guest3130 says:

    You’re all so quick to attach nonsensical importance to something like where he will deliver his acceptance speech – it’s no different than any other politician; if it was the GOP candidate, you’d have no problem with it. You are all so delusional if you think any of the current GOP clown-candidates will beat President Obama. There will be some very disappointed Republicans, come November.

  • deputy 25 says:

    and there will be some very disappointed democrats too!!! O-blahblah has been more of a clown than anybody. the only thing he will do is talk bad about the GOP candidate because he has nothing to run on that is any good.

  • Guest 4545 says:

    Pray for rain the night of the speech. These people are all wet anyway! He’ll be able to blame George Bush for the rain

  • Robert Green says:

    Barry Saetoro,a.k.a Barack Obama,knows the intellect of a misinformed and ignorant electorate.Why do you think most newspapers are written on a sixth to eight grade level? He know his smoothtalking, meaningless rhetoric will make most Americans’ eyes glaze over. Most will say it sure sounds good and then change the channel to watch “Dancing With the Stars” or the ole ballgame.We are well into the socialist game and most Americans are too stupid to realize it!People think this nation has an infinite amount of money that comes off the money tree.Obama is just trying to survive another election cycle hoping you are dumb enough to fall for it.He is picking your pockets.

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