|A highight of the meeting was speeches by the presidential candidates
on Friday. Campaigns were allowed to bring 100 signs into the hall.
They also set up informational tables outside and held "Meet the Campaign
Manager" sessions during the lunch break. Gov. Richardson, former
Sen. Edwards, Sen. Obama, Rep. Kucinich and Sen. Biden addressed the DNC
members. Sen. Clinton was scheduled to speak last, but at about 2
o'clock DNC Chairman Gov. Howard Dean announced she would not be appearing.
Information was sketchy, but it turned out she had to attend to a hostage
situation in her Rochester, NH campaign office. Sen. Dodd chose to
skip the meeting to continue campaigning in Iowa. Former Sen. Gravel
was not invited.
|Other party leaders spoke, and officials updated members on the progress
of the Convention, including a reception. The party also tended to
its regular business. For example, the Rules and Bylaws Committee,
meeting on Dec. 1, voted to penalize Michigan Democrats 100 percent of
their delegates to the Convention in Denver for going ahead of the permitted
window, while rejecting penalties for Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Regional and interest caucuses met. This meeting had originally been
scheduled to be held in Baltimore, but the DNC moved it to Vienna with
just a few weeks to go due to a labor issue at the Baltimore hotel.
Winter Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2007