Obama next in the line of fire

After the unsteady Republican national convention, it's the turn of US President Barack Obama to make the case for his re-election, writes Niall Stanage in Tampa.

1st September, 2012
Clint Eastwood talks to an empty chair during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Florida. Photo: Getty

President Barack Obama will be hoping that no strange speeches from ageing Hollywood actors mar his biggest re-election campaign moment, when Democrats this week assemble in Charlotte, North Carolina, for their national convention.

The high point of the four-day event that begins tomorrow will be Obama's address on Thursday evening. He will rely on the formidable rhetorical skills that helped get him to the White House in the first place to make the case for...

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