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When it comes to football stadiums, Democrats have a tendency to fumble their words. Most famously, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry exposed himself to ridicule in 2004 when he referred to Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers play, as “Lambert Field.”
Democrats have dropped the ball once again this year. While every football fan knows that the Carolina Panthers play at Bank of America Stadium, Politico reports that prominent Democrats have unofficially changed the name of the stadium in advance of President Obama’s convention speech on the field later this summer.
National Democrats have repeatedly touted their stand against taking corporate money for their convention in September, and so it was striking to see two emails from the DNC host committee referring to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will speak as [sic] “Panthers Stadium.”
A recent email from the host committee signed by former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile urged people to win a trip to Charlotte for the event, which will wrap “Thursday night at Panthers Stadium with President Obama.”
Bank of America, of course, paid for the naming rights to the stadium. I have seen no comment from the bank yet, but perhaps executives should be just as happy to go unmentioned on Obama’s big night.