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Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, making the case for Obama’s economic policies in an appearance on MSNBC, said the president has a strong argument to make that people are doing better, but she acknowledged that "Americans are sitting around the breakfast table trying to figure out to make ends meet, so we have work to do."

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, spoke at a breakfast with Iowa delegates and urged party activists to get fully behind Obama in the next two months.

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What to watch at the convention Wednesday

Some things to watch for at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday:

THE CLINTON SHOW » The former president, no stranger to talking at length at Democratic conventions, takes the podium. How much of it will be about Barack Obama — and how much about Bill Clinton?

ELIZABETH WARREN » It’s a personal mission for the Democratic Party to get the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat back from the Republicans. Candidate Warren’s opponent, Republican Scott Brown, didn’t speak at his convention last week. But Warren is a star at the Democrats’ and the featured challenger in arguably the most competitive Senate race this year.

OBAMA — GOOD FOR BUSINESS » That’s what some CEOs on tap to speak are undoubtedly going to trumpet. But what will they have to say about Mitt Romney?

CHARLOTTE IS HOPPING » It’s a totally different feel from last week in Tampa. Streets are packed, in part because there are more delegates, in part because of a smaller security perimeter and the convention hall’s proximity to the city and restaurants.

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"We have 60 days to turn to our neighbors, to find common ground, to appeal to their good intentions and to create a country of more by re-electing Barack Obama president of the United States," he said.

The Obama campaign insisted the decision to relocate his speech had nothing to do with worries about filling the stadium.

"Our concern was more about turning people away than about filling the stadium," Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One as Obama made his way to Charlotte.

Not only were there 65,000 people with tickets to Obama’s speech, Psaki said, but another 19,000 were on a waiting list.

On the day after her big speech to the convention that sketched her husband in warm and personal terms, Michelle Obama told supporters at a luncheon promoting gay rights that it was time to get to work.

"We need you out there every single day between now and Nov. 6," she said. "You see my face? I’m serious? It’s my serious first lady face. "My ‘mom’ face."———

Woodward reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Jennifer Agiesta and Jack Gillum in Washington, Kasie Hunt in Vermont, Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples in Iowa, and Ben Feller, Ken Thomas, Matt Michaels and Jim Kuhnhenn in Charlotte contributed to this report.




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