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Severe weather threat forces DNC lineup -- including Charlie Crist -- inside



The threat of severe thunderstorms has forced the Democratic National Convention inside on Thursday, organizers announced this morning. President Barack Obama will now give his acceptance speech inside Time Warner Cable Arena, not the open-air Bank of America Stadium, denying him the spectacle of a much bigger audience. Charlie Crist is also on the lineup for Thursday night.

About 65,000 people were credentialed for the stadium. Time Warner holds about 22,000 people. Organizers said Obama will address credential holders in a conference call Thursday.

Republicans are deeply skeptical about the weather claim, suggesting the decision was more about concern over empty seats.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 11:10am]


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