This week, the Democrats will outline the party’s platform and name President Barack Obama as the official presidential nominee. Jeff Greenfield will report from Charlotte, where the convention begins this evening. Like we saw from the Republican convention in Tampa, there is a long list of speakers and convention attendees to watch. So who should you look out for? Below we preview some of the key names making headlines ahead of the convention.
First Lady Michelle Obama will look to repeat her 2008 performance when she gave voice to the more personal side of the Obama family. Re-watch her 2008 speech here.
Tuesday night will feature the mayor of San Antonio, Texas — thirty-seven year old Julian Castro — who the DNC is hoping will be this year’s rising star. Castro is already making waves as the youngest sitting mayor in the country and, according to organizers via CNN, will be the first Latino to keynote at a Democratic convention. ABC News reports that Former George W. Bush adviser Mark McKinnon said of Castro, “[he] has a very good chance of becoming the first Hispanic president of the United States.”
Sandra Fluke, an attorney and women’s rights activist, became a household name in February of 2012 when she spoke out in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the rising cost of birth control. As a result of this testimony, she publicly tangled with Rush Limbaugh after which, President Obama personally called her to lend his support. Fluke is an Obama supporter and will speak at this year’s convention. This will be the first time many in the country will hear her speak after the aformentioned Congressional testimony.
Congressional representative Tammy Baldwin, of the 2nd District in Wisconsin, is also set to take the stage. Wisconsin, of course, is the home state of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Representative Baldwin has served Wisconsin in her position for over ten years and is the only openly gay woman in Congress. She marched with protesters against Governor Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill and is currently running for Senate.