CHARLOTTE, NC — The Democratic National Convention officially kicks off today. For Labor Day the convention participants joined thousands of Charlotte area residents for the annual Carolinafest in the city center. At least three thunderstorms blew through during the day. Storms like these are predicted throughout the week. This should make for an interesting evening at Bank of America Stadium when President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden deliver their acceptance speeches.
The first two days of the convention will be held at the Time Warner Arena. First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking tonight night. the delegates will start off their day at the Charlotte Convention Center for several caucus meetings including the Women’s Caucus, LGBT Caucus, Small Business Caucus, and the Veteran’s Caucus.
On Monday morning California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton was asked about the message sent to organized labor by holding the Convention in North Carolina, a right yo work state. Burton responded in his usual blunt form, saying that he didn’t understand the decision. “It doesn’t make any sense,” Burton told reporters.
Sacramento Bee has a YouTube video of Burton’s comments below.
But those comments were tame in comparison to what he said about GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan. While discussing Paul Ryan’s lies in his GOP Convention speech, Burton told the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco’s KCBS; “They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie… Joseph Goebbels – it’s the big lie, you keep repeating it,” Burton said Monday before the Blake Hotel breakfast. He said Ryan told “a bold-faced lie and he doesn’t care that it was a lie. That was Goebbels, the big lie.”
Burton’s comments sent the the GOP spin machine into overdrive with overly dramatic scenes of faux outrage and demands for Burton to apologize for his comments. Burton ultimately did apologize, releasing an statement later in the afternoon.
“To correct press reports of my recent comments about Republican lies, I did not call Republicans Nazis nor would I ever. In fact, I didn’t even use the word.
“If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie – I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment.”
I will be covering the events throughout the Convention in Charlotte. I’ll be posting as often as practical.
You can watch the Convention online here DemConvention.com/live.