6) Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be making a surprise appearance
at the convention in Charlotte Thursday, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
5) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
will be leading a late effort to help Priorities USA, the Obama-aligned super PAC, raise money as they struggle to keep pace financially with the outside groups aiding Romney. The NYT quotes
Democratic consultant Paul Begala
, who has led the effort to raise money for Priorities USA, conceding: "I've never done this before, so I don't really know [f Democratic groups are raising enough]. I know strategy."
4) The 2016 presidential position has already begun in Charlotte, and nowhere was that clearer than at the Iowa delegation's breakfasts, where a parade of potential candidates spoke to the delegates
. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
, a dark-horse contender, quipped: "I can see Iowa from my house!" Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
recounted he visited all 99 counties in Iowa as a field staffer for former presidential candidate Gary Hart. Newark Mayor Cory Booker
revealed that his grandmother was an Iowan.
What about the biggest name mentioned for 2016? Bill Clinton
addressed, to NBC News, whether Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
has another presidential run in her: ""You know, she -- we're not kids anymore. I don't have any idea if she'll ever run again. She says she won't. Right now, I want to help him because I think it'll help my country. Because I believe America is going to do great."
3) The RNC is out
with a new 30-second ad geared at single women, showing a young woman sitting next to a cardboard cutout of President Obama
, expressing her disappointment in him. The ad was previewed on NBC's "Today Show" Thursday.
2) The Boston Globe reports
that Massachusetts Senate nominee Elizabeth Warren
stuck to her populist script in her convention speech Wednesday, not mentioning Sen. Scott Brown
at all. She was introduced to boisterous cheers, though her speech only contained a few lines that received sustained applause.
1) Bill Clinton delivered, as the National Journal wrote
, "a folksy yet brutally partisan convention address that captivated his fellow Democrats." He made a more effective case for Obama's policies than the president himself, and delivered his own rebuttals to Republican attacks on the Democratic positions welfare, Medicare and job creation.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports
that Vice President Biden
will be getting less primetime coverage than Clinton, Warren or even San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
. He's introducing Obama around 9:30 p.m., a time when only one of the major broadcast networks will be airing coverage.
For full coverage of last night's convention proceedings, head to NationalJournal.com
Scott Bland contributed to this report