Senator John Kerry and Charlie Crist are two headling grabbing names taking the stage at the Democratic National Convention Thursday before President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden deliver their acceptance speeches.
Kerry, the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has consistently been rumored as a potential Secretary of State if Obama gains a second term. Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that she intends to step down following the election.
The Senator, who unsuccessfully ran for President in 2004, is expected to play up the President’s foreign policy achievements, including the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
Crist, a career-long Republican who previously served as Governor of Florida, before unsuccessfully running for Senate as an independent after losing the Republican primary to current Senator Marco Rubio. After Crist endorsed Obama during the Republican convention in Tampa, there is speculation that Crist may announce that he is changing his party affiliation.
The Democratic convention was initially scheduled to culminate in a final night at the Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, a 65,000 seat venue. Citing concerns over harsh weather, the party has since moved the acceptance speeches to the significantly smaller 20,000 seat Time Warner Cable Arena.
Thursday marks the final night of the convention.