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Rain Forces DNC to Change Venue for Obama's Acceptance Speech

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Posted: Sep 5, 2012 4:26 PM

Updated: Sep 5, 2012 4:51 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Recent rains have forced Democratic National Convention organizers to make a major alteration ahead of President Obama's nomination acceptance speech.

Organizers moved the event from the Bank of America Stadium to the smaller Time Warner Cable Arena.

Rio Grande Valley delegates think it was the right thing to do.

"It would have been a very dangerous situation with the lightning and things like that," Remi Garza said. He is a delegate from San Benito.

"I think it was the best thing to do ... given the amount of rain that comes down at any given time," he said.

"What else can we do?" Veronica De la Fuente said. She also supported the DNC's decision.

"We would have been there anyway...we would have been out in the rain watching him give a speech because that's how committed we are," De la Fuente said.

De la Fuente said she felt sorry for the 65,000 local residents who had tickets for the president's stadium speech.

"So many that had applied for community credentials and aren't able to get in," she said.

The Time Warner Cable Arena is much smaller, but delegates' seats should be safe.

"Some of the people that have gotten wet are going to breathe a sigh of relief that we're not going to get wet again," De la Fuente said.

"It's great for the delegates because we get a much more intimate setting to be with the president," Garza said.

DNC officials said they will explore options for those who will not be allowed into the arena.

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