Gov. Haley heading to Charlotte
Fresh from her primetime speech at the Republican National Convention, Gov. Nikki Haley will head to South Carolina’s neighbor to the north for some rapid response at the Democratic National Convention.
The nation’s youngest governor is scheduled to appear at a counter-convention with other GOP leaders outside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte this week, according to a report from ABC News.
Haley’s office did not offer specifics about the governor’s plans in Charlotte except to say she would be in the Queen City parts of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Other speakers at the counter-convention could include Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, according to ABC News.
The GOP supposedly will have a Romney-Ryan stock car will be on display as well as “You Build It” Legos and “You Build It” Monopoly – a riff of President Obama’s comment about small businesses.
Crashing parties is not uncommon: The Democrats held their own counter-convention in Tampa last week.
‘Fired up! Ready to go!’
Edith Childsmug avail – the Greenwood County councilwoman whose “Fired Up! Ready to Go!” chant was adopted by President Barack Obama as a rallying cry for his 2008 campaign – will officially cast the South Carolina delegation’s votes for Obama on Wednesday.
The 63-year-old is attending her second convention.
Childs said she plans to lead others in the chant several times throughout the week.
What the S.C. delegates will be doing
Sunday: Delegate welcome parties at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Monday: Breakfast address by Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana , also including S.C. state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter; “Carolinafest” Labor Day celebration in Charlotte’s Uptown from noon to 6:15 p.m.; “Salute to South Carolina” reception, hosted by U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of Columbia, at the Mint Museum; and a reception hosted by Duke Energy. (It’s scheduled to end at 2 a.m.)
Tuesday: Breakfast address by state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the 2010 Democratic nominee for S.C. governor, and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta; and a reception hosted by the S.C. Democratic Party alongside Florida and Alabama. (It could be another late night as that reception is scheduled to end in the wee hours, too.)
Wednesday: Breakfast address by U.S. Rep. Clyburn convention Rules and Bylaws Committee chairman Jim Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This also will be a late night with former President Bill Clinton speaking at the convention and the roll-call vote to renominate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Thursday: Breakfast with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges and Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen. Later that night, of course, Obama accepts his party’s nomination.
The Dems’ convention playlist
The Democratic National Convention has plans for plenty of music this week – though the slates of available performers might have been shrunk a bit by MTV’s Video Music Awards scheduled for Thursday – the same night as President Obama gives his acceptance speech.
Here is the list of acts planned for Tuesday and Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena and Thursday at Bank of America Stadium.
Tuesday: DJ Cassidy, R&B singer Ledisi and “Glee” actress Amber Riley (national anthem).
Wednesday: DJ Cassidy, Branford Marsalis (national anthem) and “American Idol” star Jessica Sanchez.
Thursday: Marc Anthony (national anthem); Mary J. Blige; Earth, Wind and Fire; Foo Fighters; Delta Rae; Inspire the Fire; and James Taylor.