U.S. first lady Obama "fist-bumps" actor Kal Penn while touring stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte (Photo : Reuters)
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is set to follow Barack Obama's footsteps from the 2004 Democratic National Convention, as he delivers the keynote speech tonight.
The keynote speech is of special significance and has been painted to show who the future leader of the respective party is. Back in 2004, then-Senator Barack Obama was introduced to the nation, and now he's the president of the US. The keynote speech is a launching pad for politicians, and Castro is already making a milestone as the first Latino keynote speaker at the DNC.
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Castro, mayor of San Antonio since 2009, will be introduced by his twin brother and candidate for the House of Representatives Joaquin Castro. The mayor is expected to talk about the "American Dream" and the struggles his family has faced from his grandmother coming from Mexico to making a name for himself in the US.
According to CNN, Castro's speech is scheduled to last 15 minutes and feature "intergenerational" themes and show the difference between Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Castro previously delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Texas Democratic Convention (see below). His twin brother Joaquin is also featured in the beginning of the video.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke during the Hispanic Caucus on Sunday and said, "The way I look at it is, we have a very deep bench, and we have so many stars through many layers. Julian Castro is one of the key rising stars in our party, and I think he's going to electrify the arena tomorrow night."
To wrap up tonight’s DNC events, First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak after Castro. Mrs. Obama will talk about her husband as a family man and as the right man to continuing leading the country. Do expect President Obama to enter the stage once Mrs. Obama finishes her speech.
Former President Bill Clinton is the headline speaker for Wednesday's events at the DNC.
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Democratic National Convention Day 1 Schedule:
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Call to Order: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair, Democratic National Committee
Invocation: His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit
Presentation of Colors: Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard
Pledge of Allegiance: 3rd Grade Class, W.R. O'Dell Elementary School, Concord, N.C.
National Anthem: Amber Riley, singer/songwriter and ''Glee'' actress
Stephen J. Kerrigan, CEO, Democratic National Convention Committee
Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs
Bishop Vashti McKenzie, first woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, Texas
Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs
Kamala D. Harris, attorney general of California
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
Appointment of Convention Officers
Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, chair, Democratic National Convention Committee
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland
Andrew Tobias, treasurer, Democratic National Committee
Alice Germond, secretary, Democratic National Committee
Roll Call for Attendance
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Platform Committee Remarks
Rep. Barbara Lee of California
Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy (Ret.), first woman to reach rank of three-star general in the U.S. Army
Platform Video and Remarks
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory A. Booker
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue
American Hero Video: Education
American Voices: Ryan Case
Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union
Rep. Charles Gonzalez of Texas, chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez of New York
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
Doug Stern of Cincinnati, Ohio firefighter
U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine of Virginia
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony R. Foxx
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada
An Economy Built to Last video: Education
Women of the U.S. House
Former President Jimmy Carter video
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Kennedy family tribute video
Joe Kennedy III, candidate for the U.S. House from Massachusetts
Live performance: singer/songwriter Ledisi
Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
8 p.m. - 9 p.m. EDT
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado
Stronger Together video: Reproductive Choice
American Voices: Maria Ciano
Nancy Keenan, president, National Abortion Rights Action League-Pro-Choice America
Progress for People video: American Veterans
American Voices: Nate Davis
Tammy Duckworth, candidate for the U.S. House from Illinois
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee
Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina
Progress for People video: Health Care
American Voices: Stacey Lihn
Rep. Xavier Becerra of California
9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Kal Penn, actor/producer, former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng, brother of Mrs. Obama and sister of President Obama
Stronger Together video: Equal Pay
Lilly Ledbetter, women's equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
10 p.m. - 11 p.m. EDT
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
Joaquin Castro, candidate for U.S. House from Texas
Keynote address: San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro
Michelle Obama Video
First Lady Michelle Obama
Benediction: Jena Lee Nardella, founder and executive director of Blood: Water Mission