The 2008 Democratic Convention by Jo Freeman
The Democrats met in an historic Convention in Denver, Colorado on August 25-28 to nominate the first African American to head a major party ticket. Many daytime meetings were held in the Colorado Convention Center. The official sessions of the Convention were held in the Pepsi Center, except for the acceptance speech which was held in the much larger Invesco Center.
Although she did not get the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton was in great demand as a speaker.
Inside the Colorado Convention Center
Over fifteen thousand members of the media descended on the Democratic Convention, not all of whom were able to get convention credentials. The press briefing room in the Colorado Convention Center was open even to those without convention credentials.
At a Sunday morning press briefing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduces the three other co-chairs of the 2008 Democratic Convention. They were: Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin,
On Wednesday Sen. Charles Shumer (NY), chair of the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) introduced six candidates for Senate seats that the Democrats were heavily promoting.
Outside the Colorado Convention Center
The DNC rented space to bloggers who couldn’t get convention credentials. For $100 they got a place to plug in their computers and food for the week. On the floor above was a stage where politicians held press conferences and issue groups promoted their causes.