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Originally published Monday, August 25, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Convention highlights

Democrats are gathering for their convention and coronation of Sen. Barack Obama as their presidential candidate. On tap is a four-day thrashing...

Cox News Service

Convention schedule

Today

Theme: "One Nation."

Headline prime-time speaker: Michelle Obama.

Others of note: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; former President Carter; Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill; Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack Obama's half-sister; Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama's older brother.

Tuesday

Theme: "Renewing America's Promise."

Headline prime-time speaker: New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Keynote address: former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.

Others of note: Washington state Sen. Maria Cantwell; Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill; Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy; Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel; Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano; Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland; New York Gov. David Paterson; Federico Peña, former secretary of energy and transportation and former Denver mayor.

Wednesday

Theme: "Securing America's Future."

Headline prime-time speaker: Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden, Barack Obama's selection as running mate.

Others of note: former President Clinton; former Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; Sens. Evan Bayh of Indiana, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada; House Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina.

Thursday

Theme: "Change You Can Believe In."

Headline prime-time speaker: Barack Obama delivers acceptance speech at Invesco Field.

Others of note: Look for a special appearance by former Vice President Al Gore.

Sources: The Associated Press,

Cox News Service, Seattle Times archives

DENVER — Democrats are gathering for their convention and coronation of Sen. Barack Obama as their presidential candidate. On tap is a four-day thrashing and trashing of the status quo as Democrats champion the change message that Obama rode to the nomination.

"The 2008 convention will highlight Americans coming together to change the course of this nation," said Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sibelius, the convention co-chair. "The politics and policies that have divided us will not allow us to achieve the change we need."

It begins tonight in the Pepsi Center when the Navajo Code Talkers Association presents the colors. It ends Thursday night when the show moves outdoors to Invesco Field for Obama's acceptance speech before a crowd of 75,000 people.

In between, the convention will feature what officials are calling "headline prime-time speakers" — well-known Demo-crats who will pitch the change message — and long lists of lesser-knowns who also will address the topic.

Still to be announced is the timing of the procedural highlight of the convention — the roll-call vote that will make Obama the nominee. That vote traditionally is held on the third night of the convention. But convention spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth, perhaps hinting of nontraditional scheduling, said the time of the roll-call vote is to be announced.

"Stay tuned," she said.

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