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September 2, 2014

Dick Durbin, Barack Obama Get Prime-Time Speaking Slots, But Not Joseph Biden

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will introduce President Barack Obama during prime time this evening at the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will address delegates at the Time Warner Cable Arena during the 9 p.m. hour, convention organizers announced. And no one is more disappointed about Biden’s speaking slot than Republicans, who have taken to Twitter to campaign for the gaffe-prone vice president to speak during the nationally televised 10 p.m. hour instead.

CBS and ABC news will air the DNC’s program only during the 10 p.m. hour, according to MarketWatch. NBC will air a full two hours tonight because it showed the NFL season opening game last night.

Biden made for a frequent punching bag at last week’s GOP convention in Tampa. At the podium, several speakers joked about the former Senator’s propensity for verbal gaffes.

Romney’s running mate, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), did get a prime time address last week at the Republican National Convention.

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