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December 16, 2017
Election 2008
Election 2008
Dems Plan to "Throw Open The Doors" to Denver Convention
(2008-07-07)
(ksut) - The Democratic National Convention Committee has announced plans to "throw open the doors" to presumed presidential nominee Barack Obama's acceptance speech the final night of the August convention in Denver.

The DNCC will allow Senator Obama to give his speech at Invesco Field, a stadium that accommodates 76,000 people. The Pepsi Center, where the majority of the convention will be held, has a capacity of 21,000 people.

Democratic National Party National Chaiman Howard Dean says details of who will be invited to attend the speech are still being worked out.

"People who have worked really hard, especially in Western states and especially in Colorado for the Senator... would probably get first choice," Dean said.

A certain number of seats will be reserved for Colorado residents, according to reports.

Dean says the party has not yet estimated how much it will cost to move the convention for closing night, including Invesco Field rent and added security.

He assured reporters during a teleconference that if the DNC had not had sufficient funding, the party would not have changed the speech's venue.

Colorado Republican State Chairman Dick Wadhams says the move to Invesco will stoke Obama's ego at the expense of the financially strapped Denver host committee, and could end up costing Colorado taxpayers.
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