Democratic Convention 2012

Democrats Aim to Use Celebrities at Charlotte Convention

Trying to be savvy about it


The Democratic National Convention begins here on Tuesday, and while it will draw a number of Hollywood figures and a degree of showmanship, one name is giving organizers a sense of caution: Clint Eastwood.

Eastwood's now infamous Republican National Convention speech, praised in the Tampa arena, panned elsewhere and a social media sensation all around, is just the type of distraction that the party will seek to avoid, particularly on Thursday, when President Obama delivers his acceptance speech at the 65,000-capacity Bank of America Stadium.