Raising the Curtain on the DNC

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Banners advertising the Democratic National Convention line Denver's 16th Street Mall on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Banners advertising the Democratic National Convention line Denver's 16th Street Mall. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Behind me right now, in the Pepsi Center arena in downtown Denver, is the cavernous hall where the Democrats will gather this week to formally nominate Barack Obama as their candidate for a presidential election now just ten weeks away.

The stakes are high — and climbing — as Barack Obama’s lead in the polls has narrowed. Joe Biden — Obama’s onetime rival, now VP pick — is on board. The Clintons, Hillary and Bill, will be in the house, with a huge say on party unity. And the whole world is watching.

It is going to be a historic week, and we’ll be here with you for all of it.

This hour, On Point: Live from Denver, we’re raising the curtain on the Democrats.

What do you want to see and hear from the Democrats this week in Denver? What do you need to hear from Hillary? Bill? Joe Biden? Barack Obama? You can join the conversation, right here.Guests:

Liz Halloran, senior writer for U.S. News & World Report. She covers national politics and has been out on the campaign trail throughout this election season. Her latest piece, posted today, is "How Much Did Hillary Clinton's Historic Run Really Break the Glass Ceiling?"

Chuck Todd, political director for NBC News and on-air political analyst for "NBC Nightly News," "Today," "Meet the Press" and MSNBC's "Hardball." He also edits "First Read," NBC's daily political analysis on the web.

Roger Simon, chief political columnist for Politico. He has been a columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times and the Baltimore Sun, White House correspondent for The Chicago Tribune, and political editor for U.S. News & World Report. His six-part report for Politico, "Relentless: How Barack Obama Outsmarted Hillary Clinton," appears today.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on August 25, 2008.


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