CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Below are five things to know to stay up-to-date on the Democratic National Convention in uptown Charlotte for Thursday, September 6.
1. BIDEN FRONTANDCENTER
Vice President Joe Biden will speak before Barack Obama takes the stage around 10:30 p.m. Some people paint Biden as a loose cannon known for his slip ups and unusual choice of words, so many will be on the edge of their seats to see what he'll say (even though his speech is scripted).
2. A 3-LETTERCHOICE: VMA or DNC?
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards hosted by Kevin Hart also take place in prime time on Thursday night. In a way, Democrats will be competing against the VMAs to draw in the young audience--a young voter base that helped get Obama into the White House in the first place back in 2008. So what will you watch--the VMAs or the DNC?
3. TRAFFIC--BETTER OR WORSE?
With both Obamas in town and staying in Ballantyne, Interstate 485 and Interstate 77 will be shut off at times throughout the day. Interstate 277 along Bank of America Stadium was going to be closed, but with the change to Time Warner Cable Arena because of weather it will stay opened. How much that'll help the uptown gridlock, though, is unclear.
4. GOOGLE PARTY
One of the more talked about events during the DNC has been the secretive party set for Thursday night in Charlotte. The guest list? Unknown. The location? Unknown. But the buzz for it? Huge. Also, the Super-O-Rama party at the NC Music Factory will feature Pitbull, Jessica Alba and the Scissor Sisters, among others.
5. WHATCHA SAY?
By 11 p.m. Thursday the DNC gavel will drop again and the convention will be over. Sure, politicians, 6,000 delegates and thousands of media will mostly still be in the Queen City, but the reviews of how Charlotte did on the grand stage will start to pour in. Will Charlotte get a thumbs up or thumbs down for a DNC grade? We'll start to hear by tomorrow night.