HOPKINS, Minn. (AP) — The Democratic Party is giving two prominent business
leaders speaking roles at the party convention: CarMax co-founder Austin Ligon
and Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal.
A party official says the businessman will make the case for why President
Barack Obama should keep command of the U.S. economy. Their selection aims to
put a dent in Republican Mitt Romney's assertions that he is best equipped to
help businesses prosper, in part because of his private sector experience.
Democrats say Newark Mayor Cory Booker will also speak at the convention,
which starts Sept. 4. Booker's selection indicates a thaw with the Obama
campaign after he criticized the president for targeting Romney's record at a
private equity firm.
Other convention speakers announced Friday include Philadelphia Mayor Michael
Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.