2012 Democratic Convention Scene

Democrats gathered in Charlotte, NC for their 2012 convention. Check out the scene, which included delegates, protestors and the candidates themselves.

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Democratic presidential candidate President Barack Obama accepts the nomination for president during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Click to see more dramatic photos of the delegates, protestors and candidates.
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President Barack Obama speaks speaks to delagates and accepts the nomination for president during the final day of the Democratic National Convention.
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Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Democratic National Convention. Biden's main theme was that America was down economically, but is coming back under President Obama's leadership. "My fellow Americans, we now find ourselves at the hinge of history," Biden said.
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Shooting victim and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) delivered an emotional Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night. Giffords appeared onstage with close friend Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and received a long ovation from delegates.
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Caroline Kennedy voiced her support for Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention. “Barack Obama is the kind of leader my father wrote about in "Profiles in Courage,’” she said. “He doesn't just do what's easy. He does what's hard. He does what's right.
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Actress Eva Longoria said Mitt Romney would raise taxes on middle-class families and lower them for the wealthy. “Just like our president and first lady, I took out loans to pay for school. Then I changed oil in a mechanic shop, flipped burgers at Wendy's, taught aerobics and worked on campus to pay them back,” she told the crowd.”
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Actress Scarlett Johansson waves after speaking to delegates at the DNC. She urged young people to make their voices heard by casting ballots in the 2012 election.
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Vice President Joe Biden sheds a tear as he watches son Beau Biden nominate him as the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts addresses the DDNC. "Despite what you heard in Tampa, an exceptional country does care about the rise of the oceans and the future of the planet. That is a responsibility from the Scriptures-and that too is a responsibility of the leader of the free world," Kerry said.
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Singer Mary J. Blige performs during the Democratic National Convention.
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Actors Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm are seen on the floor at the Democratic National Convention.
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Singer James Taylor performs during the Democratic National Convention.
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Singer James Taylor and crew preforms during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
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Actress Ashley Judd speaks for Tennessee delegation as President Barack Obama is nominated.
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Former President Bill Clinton hugs President Barack Obama after Clinton's firey nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention. When Clinton finished speaking, he bowed to Obama, who joined him on the stage. The two then embraced before walking offstage together.
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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to the Democrats Women's Caucus during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, center, and Illinois delegates watch as President Barack Obama is nominated for the Office of the President.
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Environmental demonstrators hold a sit-in and are detained near the headquarters of Duke Energy in Charlotte, site of the 2012 Democratic convention.
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Actress Eva Longoria is interviewed on the floor of the Democratic National Convention.
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Singer songwriter James Taylor waves his hat towards fans after a sound check at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
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Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters perform during a sound check at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
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Former president Bill Clinton took the stage at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night to make the case that Barack Obama deserves another four years in the White House.
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Former President Bill Clinton applauds while speaking to delegates at the Democratic National Convention.
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Tennessee delegate Sally Love watches the monitor as Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention.
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Delegates watch as Former President Bill Clinton addresses the convention Wednesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Senate candidate from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren waves as she arrives to speak at the Democratic National Convention.
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Delegates hold up signs during Bob King, President of the UAW's speech at the Democratic National Convention.
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Attendees hold signs that say "1.1 Million Auto Jobs Saved" and union related signs during day two of the Democratic National Convention.
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Sandra Fluke, attorney and women's rights activist addresses the Democratic National Convention.
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First lady Michelle Obama talks to Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden in a box during day two of the Democratic National Convention.
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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) attends day two of the Democratic National Convention.
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A man waves a sign above the others at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 5, 2012 on the second day of the Democratic National Convention.
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Democrats have gathered in Charlotte, NC for their 2012 convention. The three-day convention has drawn thousands of delegates to a state Obama narrowly carried in 2008. Here Michelle Obama addresses delegates on opening night.
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First lady Michelle Obama poses with a young girl during day two of the Democratic National Convention.
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World War II Navy veteran Roby Gilliam, 89, from Minerva, Ohio, salutes during the Democratic National Convention.
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Delegates listens as First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the Convention.
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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri fires up delegates at the Democratic National Convention.
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North Carolina delegate Ingrid Nurse reacts as Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri addresses the Democratic National Convention.
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Denise Juneau, Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction addresses the DNC.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses delegates.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York addresses the Democratic National Convention.
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland is welcomed to the podium by the Democratic women of the Senate at the Democratic National Convention.
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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 4:rWorld War II veteran Stephen Sherman salutes on opening night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in the Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.r(Photo by Lucian Perkins for The Washington Post)
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Mississippi delegate Kelly Jacobs shows her support at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
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Jan O'Brien, a delegate from California, uses her Apple Inc. iPhone to take a photo at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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T.E. Austin, a delegate from North Carolina, center, stands with fellow delegates before the start of day two of the Democratic National Convention.
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Colorado delegate Tracy Ducharme attends opening night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
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Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls the second session of the the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., to order.
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Technicians Jay Alcombright and Jesse Mangum, pull phone wire from the Bank of America Stadium after Thursday's Democratic National Convention proceedings were moved to the Time Warner Cable Arena due to weather.
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Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado waves as she walks to the podium to address the Democratic National Convention.
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President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention.
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People cheer during the program during day one of the Democratic National Convention. The convention will run through September 7 and will nominate President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.
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First lady Michelle Obama speaks on stage during day one of the Democratic National Convention.
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President of NARAL Pro-Choice America Nancy Keenan addresses the Democratic National Convention.
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New Mexico delegates Priscilla Chavez cheers during the Democratic National Convention.
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Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth addresses the convention. "So let's finish what we started. Let's keep moving forward with Barack Obama", she told the delegates.
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Rev. Jesse Jackson kisses a delegate on the convention floor at the Democratic National Convention.
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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin shakes hands with Jill Biden during the Democratic National Convention.
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks at the podium during day one of the Democratic National Convention.
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Maria Ciano, a former Republican. addresses the Democratic National Convention. "I grew up in a conservative Republican family in Aurora, Colorado. Many of my relatives can't believe I'm doing this. I guess I can't either. I still believe in small government, but I no longer believe in the Republican Party."
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Delegates stand for the Pledge of Allegiance during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The Honorable Ken Salazar waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
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Singer Ledisi preforms during the Democratic National Convention.
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Former president Jimmy Carter gives a video address at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 4, 2012 on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
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A giant screen displays a Kennedy Family Tribute Video at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night.
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Joe Kennedy III, candidate for the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts, speaks to the audience at the Democratic National Convention.
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Democratic National Committee Chair, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) waves as she takes the stage during day one of the Democratic National Convention.
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Texas delegate Trista Allen from Fort Worth wears a little cowboy hat at the Democratic National Convention.
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Souvenir campaign buttons are put out during day one of the Democratic National Convention.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California looks over the stage with Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives, Joyce Beatty of Ohio, left and Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, right, during a sound check.
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Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius looks over the podium at the Democratic National Convention.
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D.J. Cassidy prepares his audio equipment at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
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Stagehands make final adjustments to the podium on the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Forrest Bibbee marches through the streets of uptown during a protest at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Demonstrators occupy Marshall Park in advance of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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A demonstrator looks skyward at helicopters while occupying Marshall Park in Charlotte.
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Occupy Demonstrators shout at police during an unscheduled protest march, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida, speaks to an aide during a sound check before the Democratic National Convention.
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President Barack Obama is seen in a video on the main stage in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina as preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention get underway.
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Production crews work on final adjustments at the Democratic National Convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. The arena will hold 20,200 people, but thousands more will tune in from home this week.
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Beverage cups are put out for sale during preparations for the Democratic National Convention. The DNC, that will start on September 4 and run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.
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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, left, who will be the convention keynote speaker, and his twin brother, State Representative Joaquin Castro, who is running for U.S. Congress, are interviewed at the Democratic National Convention.
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Various campaign buttons are put out for sale during preparations for the Democratic National Convention.
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Preparations continue on the floor at the Democratic National Convention.
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Union supporters march in the "Charlotte Labor Day Parade." President Obama will likely address joblessness in the country during the convention, as the DNC begins just a day after the Labor Day holiday.
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Demonstrators protested during a Labor Day parade before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.
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Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention.
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The streets were full of people and venders attending CarolinaFest in downtown Charlotte North Carolina.
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A vendor dishes pulled pork and hot dogs at CarolinaFest in downtown Charlotte, NC.
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Union supporters march in the "Charlotte Labor Day Parade." Labor groups from across the state participated in the Labor Day event on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.
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Peter Williams, with United Auto Workers Local 5283, holds an American flag while waiting for the start of the "Charlotte Labor Day Parade."
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Signs were mounted throughout the arena supporting Obama/Biden 2012.
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People line up to receive credentials for President Barack Obama's acceptance speech at a campaign field office in Raleigh.
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Heather Black, of Apex, N.C., holds her credentials for President Barack Obama's acceptance speech during Charlotte's Democratic Convention.
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A volunteer waits to receive credentials for President Barack Obama's acceptance speech during Charlotte's Democratic Convention at a campaign field office in Raleigh.
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Residents walk past Time Warner Cable Arena, home to the Charlotte Bobcats NBA team and the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
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Workers construct modifications for the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, N.C.
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