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Gore, Ritter, Durbin and Udall to open for Obama

Rebecca Boyle

Colorado Democrats, including Gov. Bill Ritter and Senate candidate Mark Udall, will set the stage for former Vice President Al Gore and presidential nominee Barack Obama Thursday night.

Ritter will open the evening, followed by several members of Colorado’s legislative delegation. Udall, who is leaving his seat in Congress to run for an open Senate seat, is the last Coloradan to speak.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will address the crowd. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, a runner-up in the vice presidential selection process, will speak before Gore, one of the superstars of the Democratic Party.

Finally, Illinois’ senior senator, Richard Durbin, will introduce his colleague in the Senate.

The Democratic National Committee said it expects a crowd of 75,000 people at Invesco Field at Mile High. As of yet, there are no firm details about entertainment.

Although the Obama campaign and the DNC consistently promote the Mile High event as a way to open the convention’s doors, the open-air environment means one key convention element will be lacking: balloons.

But with Al Gore, who needs them?


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