Big Stage Leaves Plenty of Room for GOP Potshots

Dems fear lavish stadium production could hurt Obama
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 3:29 PM CDT
Big Stage Leaves Plenty of Room for GOP Potshots
The stage is set for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at Invesco Field at Mile High, where he is scheduled to accept the Democratic nomination for president tonight.   (AP Photo)

Top Democrats are fretting over the mile-high risks their party faces tonight in Denver when Barack Obama takes the stage at Invesco Field. Officials fear rock-star treatment, complete with Greek-inspired staging Republicans dubbed “Barackopolis,” could reinforce claims of an out-of-touch candidate. “It’s likely that the campaign would do it differently if it had to do it again,” one tells Politico.

“We already know he is a rock-star,” added Tennessee’s Democratic governor. “He needs to talk to people who haven’t made up their minds yet.” Obama’s aides said the concerns weren’t a surprise, but insisted that for the history-making speech, “a diner’s not an option.” Dennis Kucinich concurred: “Would you want to play the Super Bowl in a Little League park?” (More Barack Obama stories.)

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