Democratic National Convention shortened

CHARLOTTE – Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Jan. 18 that the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte will be shortened to three days, from four, according to a convention news release.

The convention will now begin Sept. 4. The Monday of convention week, Labor Day, will be dedicated to a public event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, “to celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South,” according to the news release.

“This is about engaging Americans in a meaningful way,” Schultz said in the news release. The final night of the convention, and President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, will be held at the Bank of America Stadium to allow greater attendance. For more information, visit www.

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