Obama says he regrets having to move speech to smaller venue

12:37 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling supporters he regrets having to move his acceptance speech indoors, but says he couldn't risk their safety given the possibility of severe weather. 

Obama spoke on a conference call to people who had tickets to the outdoor event. The indoor arena where Obama will speak Thursday night holds far fewer people. 

The president told supporters he wouldn't "let a little thunder and lightning get us down." He says his team will do everything it can to get those supporters into other campaign events between now and Election Day.

Meantime, a thunderstorm popped up over the site of the Democratic National Convention about seven hours before the priesident is expected to accept his party's nomination. 

Heavy rain started around 3:15 p.m. Thursday, and the National Weather Service issued a lightning advisory for the Charlotte airport.  

Campaign officials had decided earlier in the week to move Obama's speech indoors because of the chance of rain.

The afternoon downpour soaked people outside of Bank of America Stadium, where Obama was originally supposed to speak. Instead, he'll deliver the address at the smaller Time Warner Cable Arena.

More storms are possible the rest of the afternoon, but forecasters say the weather should clear later Thursday evening.

The Associated Press

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