Emanuel, Warren, Kaine get speaking slots at convention

Democrats are poised to feature the party's rising stars from crucial swing states at next month's national convention, along with popular Massachusetts lawmakers expected to denounce presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's tenure leading the state.

Former Virginia Gov. Tim KaineTim KaineDem senator compares Obama's moves in Syria to Putin's in Ukraine Let the Democratic veepstakes begin Clinton allies ridicule Trump's ‘America first’ doctrine MORE, locked in the midst of a high-profile and tightly contested U.S. Senate race, will be joined by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in Democrats' push to highlight swing states, according to a report Monday by The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Sen. John KerryJohn KerryInterior chief: ‘We will have climate refugees’ "Lebanizing" Syria Why Obama's 'cold peace' with Iran will turn hot MORE (Mass.), Gov. Deval Patrick (Mass.) and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders-Warren ticket would sweep the nation With either Trump or Clinton, average American loses again Elizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth MORE are all expected to earn prime speaking slots at the convention — and use that position to knock Romney's record in their home state.

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Democrats are also planning to feature some of the younger up-and-comers in the party. In addition to keynote speaker and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro — the youngest mayor of a major American city, and a Hispanic-American — speakers include Kamala Harris, the African and Asian American California attorney general, and Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland, rumored among the 2016 presidential candidates.

There should also be some red meat for the base, with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — a former Illinois congressman and Obama chief of staff — expected to be awarded a prime speaking slot.

Democrats had previously announced that first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama'Swipe the Vote' party kicks off Nerd Prom weekend Movie trailer gives peek at Obamas' first date The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE and former President Clinton would anchor their Tuesday and Wednesday speaking schedules, respectively.

The Democratic convention begins Sept. 4, with President Obama set to speak Sept. 6, the final night of the convention, at Charlotte, N.C.'s NFL stadium.

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