President Obama: Other Side Prepping Barrage of Negative Ads
Rallies supporters shut out of acceptance speech due to weather
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/6/2012 1:54:16 PM
"The other side is ready to release just a barrage of negative ads," he told them. "They are getting massive checks from wealthy donors. The good thing is I've got you."
As promised, President Obama Wednesday held a conference call -- actually an online, listen-only stream -- with convention participants who had "community" credentials for his acceptance speech Thursday night (Sept. 6) but could not be accommodated after it was moved from the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte -- capacity north of 60,000 -- to the much smaller Time Warner Cable Arena.
Some of those had gained their ticket to the show through the 931 volunteer program, working three nine-hour shifts to register voters.
The convention's last day was moved to TWC Arena under threat of bad weather, including severe thunder storms, convention organizers have said, and not because they were concerned about empty seats, as some Republicans have suggested.
The president advised the volunteers to watch the speech at watch parties around the country, and those who had made the trip to Charlotte -- at their own expense -- at watch parties being organized around that city. He also promised to give them a heads up when he or Michelle Obama or VP Joe Biden would be at events in their areas.
The president said he was sorry they could not be at the speech, but that he could not have risked trying to get 70,000 people out of the stadium if there severe thunderstorms. He said it was his desire for increased access that made the campaign take the chance of an outdoor venue four years ago in Denver -- it paid off then -- and this week in Charlotte.
He told them that they had done unbelievable work in what was a close election. "I really need your help, guys," he said. He also praised First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the convention, which he called "unbelievable," while conceding he was biased. He also said that President Clinton, in his speech, had broken down the issues as effectively as anyone could.
He did not give them a preview of what he was going to say, instead encouraging them to tune in.
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