Did weather or politics force Obama's DNC speech indoors?
Reaction from Alan Colmes and Brad Blakeman
- Duration 5:48
- Date Sep 5, 2012
Reaction from Alan Colmes and Brad Blakeman
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Back to the breaking news here in Charlotte oftentimes they say you know these conventions are all pre planned and pre packaged -- nothing changes.
Well this time Charlotte has changed in a significant way that's an aerial picture of the 74000.
-- Bank of America Stadium.
Home to the NFL.
Carolina Panthers are they play on their star NFL quarterback Cam Newton.
That is being transformed at the moment for Barack Obama on Thursday night now -- is all off.
The construction will halt immediately.
Because of whether the DNC says that speech will move indoors here at the Time Warner Cable center arena.
Brad Blake made a former deputy assistant to president George W.
Bush and Alan Colmes -- -- the Alan Colmes radio show and gentlemen good morning to both of why we.
Brought we brought John for different topic but this is breaking news -- past thirty minutes that.
I guess the question is.
How much of it -- How much of the deal is this you know I mean what what ones Charlotte comes and goes this was supposed to be Brett.
And now it will not happen outdoors -- a come indoors at a much smaller space what's your view one.
That's how it plays well you -- some of the people some of the time bill but not enough for the people this time it is clear.
It is clear from the democratic strategist that I speak to my friends won't -- on the record but they told me they could not fill this arena.
As much as they tried to bus people in.
There's no room at the end within that within that confines of Charlotte to house people.
Bussing people in became very difficult.
Because of the transportation.
Length of time to bus people in unions were not busting people when they did have a reliable base to fill 70000 -- the weather became the convenient.
Excuse but I can tell you I would use all tangled -- -- that though the forecast is the rationale for changing it -- absolutely a 40% chance of rain.
What they should the Democrats don't can't they afford a farmer's almanac.
It all you have to do and planning goes on a year in advance is look at the weather patterns look at that you look at the whether and the temperature around this time of year.
They knew when they plan this thing that they wanted to recreate 2008.
The problem -- Yeah you know they are still created out August Allen a moment here -- but you also understand there is always risk of Republicans took a risk in Tampa.
But with the hurricane rolling through there fortunate for the folks in Florida -- -- off into the Gulf of Mexico was down regulator to -- A tropical storm once it was on on land.
Let me get back your point about seating capacity to match at a moment grab it but Allah as a Democrat how do you think this -- -- it is a -- -- -- on the -- -- Charlotte.
That's not a political decision this is absurd.
I mean -- usually a year ago they knew was gonna rain on Thursday night.
I mean that's -- I've -- I'm in Charlotte right now it's been raining on -- -- all week.
It which drenching the it was who is it was like a monsoon yesterday.
This notion that somehow -- have to cover for the fact that none of people wanna go and see Barack Obama this is pure right wing Republican political spin the truth is it that is just apps that.
I'm here I'm telling you the weather's been raining on and off all week they can't take the chance they may 2008 talented people who understood it a snowstorm to see this guy.
Nothing would have stopped -- and out they wouldn't have done it in a snowstorm and you know outcome and I'm with Pat -- I believe that god is speaking maybe they spoke to Republicans -- -- conventions in a row you had to cancel when these -- social -- the Pat Robertson when he says that the message and -- I don't know look this is ridiculous you want to make this I'm already politics out of the weather combined.
I'm already hearing from people here in Charlotte who had you know -- volunteered their time and they waited for the tickets and they were really looking forward to this speech on Thursday night Brad Allen's challenging you here.
And drill down on the facts because yesterday we were told and seating capacity of 74000.
With the stage construction that would block up about 101000 seats -- -- which is pretty much normal when you're looking at a significant backdrop.
So that would mean 64000.
People would need to fill that stadium.
How many are you reporting.
That Democrats would have been able to rely on Thursday night had this thing done forward.
I don't know the exact number but from what I've been told.
By people who are down there is they were they were scrambling there were -- game.
That they would not be able to fill a large majority a large majority of that venue and I've been in charge.
I've conventions I've been in charge of media be mid major media event for two presidents and I know the kind of worry and and and panic that can sit in.
When you don't have a base crowd you can rely on and I can tell you sure as I'm sitting here.
That they panicked they thought they can pretty create 2008 he became an impossibility.
So whether became the convenient excuse.
And they didn't wanna embarrass the president and he's going inside to 151000.
People that are -- a short as opposed to 65000.
That they could -- Your political and this is fuel I'm almost got him around again I don't get the last word I did that does -- -- those arguments hold a few Allen had a they explain that away.
-- say they knew logistically what they needed to do.
And it's Charlotte's a relatively small city.
The -- these logistical issues -- there's clearly there's a weather issue it has been raining all week he was a monsoon yesterday.
There is a forecast -- it's gonna rain -- they can't take that chance so they are making a very wise decision based on.
The weather period you want to read more accurate to get to -- currently reference as -- the view.
Yeah noble though and days are once were completed come Friday morning as to whether or not as a significant impact on the perception of this convention or not.
Brad thank you Allan thank you as well man -- checked -- --