DNC 2012: President arrives; talk centers on stadium shift

DNC 2012: President arrives; talk centers on stadium shift

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff & Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 10:24 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama arrived in Charlotte on Wednesday for the Democratic National Convention.

The president arrived on Air Force One at Charlotte Douglas Airport around 2:45 p.m.

In a last-minute shift, the president ditched plans to deliver his acceptance speech before a throng of 74,000 at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, the convention's final night, citing iffy weather.

With a chance of thunderstorms on the horizon, Obama will accept his party's nomination indoors before about 15,000 people at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Convention CEO Steve Kerrigan said the speech was moved "to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests."

But GOP spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski cast it as Democrats downgrading the event "due to lack of enthusiasm."

"Problems filling the seats?" she asked in a statement.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, a North Carolina Republican, dismissed the risks of speaking "during a light September rain" and speculated the decision "has to do more with attendance than participation."

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