Election 2012

Behind the Scenes at the DNC

TFK Kid Reporter Claire Duncan talks to members of the media

September 06, 2012

TFK Kid Reporter Claire Duncan interviews Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for Public Radio International's "The Takeaway," at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

On Wednesday morning, I arrived at the Time Warner Cable Arena and got right to work. Delegates had not yet arrived, so it was pretty quiet. I walked around the floor in search of interesting people to interview. I talked to several members of the media, from radio and television journalists to social-media experts to get their thoughts on the convention.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on September 5.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on September 5.

Back at the Charlotte Convention Center, there was a forum for veterans and military families. More than 400 people were in attendance. I went too. At the event, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Dr. Jill Biden and her son, Beau Biden, spoke about the Obama Administration's commitment to veterans. Several veterans spoke to me about their service.

Later in the day, activity back at the arena started to pick up. Seats filled with delegates and people excited to hear the night’s speakers. Representatives from the Black Caucus, a group of women from the Senate and House of Representatives and many governors spoke to the crowd last night, but I was most excited to hear my dad, Arne Duncan, speak on the importance of education. The biggest speech of the night, however, was from former President Bill Clinton, a crowd favorite. He outlined the many reasons why he thought people should vote to reelect President Obama. 

What a late night! I’m excited for another big day today when Vice President Biden, and President Obama, will give their speeches.

Click here to watch a video of me interviewing media members at the DNC.

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