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11 August 2008

Democrats' National Convention To Be Known As America's Town Hall

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a co-chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, announced the themes of the convention today on a conference call with members of the media.

Sebelius said the overall theme of the Democratic National Convention is "America's Town Hall" and each night, a different keynote speaker would lead the discussion with delegates, elected officials and people from across America who never have had a chance to participate in a convention before.

"This will be an incredibly exciting and innovative convention," Gov. Sebelius said. "One like we've never seen before."

Each night of the convention will carry a different theme.

On Monday night, the theme will be "One Nation" and will focus on Barack Obama as a new leader who is ready to serve as President. Tuesday night's theme will be "Renewing America’s Promise" and will feature Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D - New York) in a discussion on the nation's economic challenges and issues. Wednesday night is veterans' night or "Securing America’s Future" night where the vice presidential nominee will deliver his/her acceptance speech. And finally, Thursday night's theme is "Change You Can Believe In" and will have Barack Obama formally accepting the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

"The 2008 Convention is about ensuring that those peoples’ voices are heard and their call for change is heeded," said Kansas Governor and Convention Co-Chair Kathleen Sebelius. "From Monday through Thursday, our Convention program will highlight the people of this country who want positive change and who believe Barack Obama is the leader who will listen to their concerns and get our country moving in the right direction again."

As part of the Democratic Convention's "America's Town Hall" theme, convention organizers announced that Americans from across the country would have the opportunity to have their questions answered live from the convention floor.

Starting today, text and video questions can be submitted online at through Wednesday, August 27, though participants are encouraged to submit their questions as early as possible. A variety of questions will be answered live from the Convention floor in front of thousands of delegates in the Convention hall, millions of Americans watching the Convention at home on television and millions more watching online. In addition, elected leaders and policy experts will also answer questions online during Convention week at

In addition to submitting questions online, Americans in eight cities across the country, including Atlanta, will have the opportunity to record their questions and individual stories in person at a series of "open calls" starting Wednesday, August 13.

The exact times and locations of those tapings will be posted to as they are scheduled.