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DNC: Swag Off

(09/06/12 10:55am)

CHARLOTTE — Political conventions are a time for showcasing presidential nominees, discussing party platforms and creating communities around contentious political and economic issues. But they can also be a time for fun, creativity and consumerism, as proved by countless street vendors who camped right outside the Democratic National Convention proceedings all week. Pins, shirts, artwork and hand puppets were among the pro-Obama products sold by these merchants. The Chronicle’s Jack Mercola spoke to several vendors about their wares and interactions with convention guests.

Carolina's Convention

(07/02/12 12:58am)

Speaking before the millions of people who attend or tune in to the Democratic National Convention is becoming something of a pastime for President Barack Obama. In 2004, he delivered the convention’s keynote address at Boston’s now-named TD Garden, where he touted Sen. John Kerry’s commitment to a bipartisan, unified America.