Reid Tapped for Prime-Time Speech

Posted August 14, 2008 at 3:58pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has been slated to speak at the beginning of the prime-time lineup Wednesday night at the Democratic convention, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced Thursday.

Reid, who is finishing up his first two years as the Senate Majority Leader, will address convention goers at 6 p.m. MST, or 8 p.m. EST. He will speak in advance of Sen. Barack Obama’s (Ill.) vice presidential nominee, who has yet to be named. Reid will discuss Obama’s energy policies.

Also on the program for Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton will “speak on Barack Obama’s commitment to a stronger and safer America, as well as the history of Democrats making positive change in the lives of all Americans,” according to the DNCC. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Sens. Evan Bayh (Ind.), Joseph Biden (Del.), Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.) and Ken Salazar (Colo.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) are also scheduled to speak as part of the evening’s Securing America’s Future program. Richardson, Bayh and Biden all have been mentioned as potential vice presidential candidates, but their inclusion in the evening’s program makes that appear unlikely.