Nutter to be speaker at Democratic convention

Posted: August 26, 2012

Mayor Nutter is among 11 Democratic Party leaders selected Friday to speak at the party's national convention in Charlotte, N.C., the week of Sept. 3.

Nutter joins six other mayors invited to speak at the convention - Rahm Emanuel of Chicago; Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Anthony Foxx of Charlotte, Julian Castro of San Antonio; R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis; and Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, the convention chairman.

Others on the preliminary speakers list include former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, and Caroline Kennedy. The party has not announced a detailed schedule so it's unclear whether Nutter will get a prime-time national audience or make a more modest appearance.

Though he backed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 primary season, Nutter has joined a series of media events promoting President Obama's reelection. In June, Nutter was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum from Pennsylvania and New Jersey Gov. Christie both have prime-time roles next Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Santorum is likely to speak around 8 p.m., and Christie delivers the keynote address at the end of the evening.

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