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Obama: A mile-high convention

Obama moved the nomination acceptance speech to Invesco Field at Mile High, the home of the Denver Broncos. "The move will give Obama a potent visual in a crucial swing state this fall: a sea of some 75,000 fans, packed into an outdoor football stadium, screaming for their November hopeful," the Boston Globe writes.

VIDEO: Countdown's Rachel Maddow talks with WashingtonPost.com's Chris Cillizza about Barack Obama's decision to address the Democratic National Convention in the 75,000-plus Invesco Field instead of the 20,000 capacity Pepsi Center.

The Denver Post: "The move would not be unprecedented. In 1960, the Democratic National Convention was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. But nominee John F. Kennedy delivered his acceptance speech next door at Memorial Coliseum. Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos, seats 76,125, and presumably several thousand more could fit on the field. The Pepsi Center holds fewer than 20,000 and will be restricted to delegates, media, high-dollar donors and guests of the Democratic Party."
 
Democrats also looked at Coors Field, the home of the 44,000-seat home of the Colorado Rockies, but opted for the larger Invesco Field, the Rocky Mountain News reports. A special block of tickets will be set aside for Colorado residents, the paper reports.

Bloomberg News looks at Obama's shift to the center and notes he has a higher hurdle to pull this off because he has "a consistently liberal voting record." 

Some stats to get to know: "Obama, who has campaigned as a politician who can bridge partisan divides, voted with his party an average of 96.7 percent in his three full years in the U.S. Senate, according to Congressional Quarterly. McCain's 'party unity' score in the last three years averaged 83 percent; in 2001, the Republican supported his party just 67 percent of the time."

The Boston Globe's Canellos looks at the risks for a "President Obama" to push for health care reform. "The choice for a President Obama, like Clinton in 1993, would be whether to gamble his agenda -- and much of his credibility -- by pressing immediately for a transformation of healthcare. He could just as easily hold off a bit, realizing it will be a tough fight, and focus on more deliverable priorities for his first few months."

Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama last night. "The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is proud to endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States," Action Fund president Cecile Richards said in a release. "He is a passionate advocate for women's rights, and has a long and consistent record of standing up for women's health care. As president, he will improve access to quality health care for women, support and protect a woman's right to choose, support comprehensive sex education to keep our young people healthy and safe, and invest in prevention programs, including family planning services and breast cancer screenings."

Obama said yesterday he would not attend the opening Olympic ceremonies if he were president.