Karen Ocamb

HRC/LOGO Forum Candidates Line up

Filed By Karen Ocamb | July 20, 2007 6:17 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, GLBT, Hillary Rodham Clinton, HRC, Human Rights Campaign, LGBT, presidential politics

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No conspiracy here, says HRC. No favoritism, and definitely no comment on the post-forum fundraising parties.

The Democratic candidates for president were allowed to pick the order of...

their appearance at the HRC Forum Aug. 9 based on when they confirmed their attendance. They will appear at the Production Group Studios at 1330 North Vine Street in Hollywood for two hours in a serial format.

The order is: Sen. Barack Obama; former Sen. John Edwards; Sen. Christopher Dodd; Congressmember Dennis Kucinich; Sen. Mike Gravel, Gov. Bill Richardson; Sen. Hillary Clinton. Sen. Joe Biden apparently has a scheduling conflict.

The studio audience is expected to be campaign supporters and invited guests. However, HRC is providing a free public viewing of the forum at Eleven, 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The capacity is about 400 people but HRC is expecting a big crowd so RSVPs are required. There will be an RSVP line on the HRC website – www.hrc.org - starting on Monday, according to HRC Boardmember Alan Uphold.

There is a press filing room in a space down the hall from the forum stage. HRC says candidates and their campaign staff may stop by to spin, but HRC isn’t calling it a “Spin Room.” There will be TV monitors, a la backstage at the Oscars, so media folks can interview one candidate while watching another.

HRC is expected to announce their additional participants shortly.

The Clinton and Obama campaigns have set up fundraising viewing parties. See here for more on the parties and Ted Johnson’s break down of which entertainment industry honchos have given to which candidates.



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