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Will The Dems Counter Clint Eastwood With Betty White?

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No matter how you felt about Clint Eastwood's appearance at the RNC, you have to admit that it generated a considerable amount of buzz for the GOP.

That begs the question: Do the Democrats have a similar surprise guest waiting in the wings? As of Monday morning, the answer to that question is NO. However, there appears to be a campaign to draft 90-year-old actress and Obama supporter, Betty White to address the convention. Ms. White has previously appeared in a video supporting the president's jobs initiative.

Change.org is pushing an online petition to get Ms. White on the schedule. They would like her to introduce Mr. Obama on Thursday night. The electronic letter reads:

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: the democratic party.

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Clint Eastwood, the Republican's "mystery guest" at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney.

You know what?

Governor Romney can have Clint Eastwood and his improvisational skills because President Obama has the one and only Betty White!

Take action today if you want to see a real [old] Hollywood icon get a political introduction right!

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Sincerely,

[Your name]

The petition is not exactly setting the world on fire. A little more than 2,600 people had electronically "signed" it when TheBlaze checked Monday morning. However, there appears to be some momentum building on a Facebook page dedicated to drafting Betty White for the DNC.

Nearly 20,000 people "like" this idea and more than 55,000 are talking about it. Could it happen? As we learned with Clint Eastwood, anything is possible at political conventions.

Will it happen? And, if White is added to the considerable list of speakers, where will she appear? Some media experts thought that the proximity of Eastwood's address to that of Mitt Romney's was not wise and may have grabbed some of the spotlight away from the candidate. Others thought it to be a welcome contrast to the usual serious tone of the GOP.

Given the considerable list of scheduled speakers for the convention, is there even room for the seven-time Emmy winner?

Here are those on the schedule:

Tuesday:

  • Former President Jimmy Carter (on video)
  • First Lady Michelle Obama
  • San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro

Wednesday:

  • Former President Bill Clinton -- delivering the nominating speech
  • MA Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren

Thursday:

  • President Obama & Vice President Biden accept the nomination

From the DNC 2012 APP

Here is the current list of Democrats expected to  speak at some point:

  • Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
  • Congressman Xavier Becerra of California
  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker
  • Congressman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina
  • Former President Jimmy Carter (via video)
  • San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who will be the first Latino keynote speaker at a Democratic National Convention
  • Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu of California
  • Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri
  • Former President Bill Clinton
  • Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina
  • Former Republican Governor of Florida Charlie Crist
  • Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina Walter Dalton
  • The Honorable Arne Duncan
  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Colorado
  • Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth
  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois
  • Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Georgetown Law School Graduate Sandra Fluke
  • Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx
  • Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts
  • Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt
  • Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
  • Congressman Charlie Gonzalez of Texas
  • U.S. Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina
  • California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
  • Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland
  • Former Governor of North Carolina Jim Hunt
  • DCCC Chairman Congressman Steve Israel of New York
  • Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
  • Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine
  • Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (ret.)
  • Congressman John Larson of Connecticut
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California
  • Congressman John Lewis of Georgia
  • CarMax co-founder and former CEO Austin Ligon
  • President of NARAL Pro-Choice America Nancy Keenan
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts
  • Women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter
  • Obama Campaign Co-Chair Eva Longoria
  • Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
  • Delaware Governor Jack Markell
  • Boston Mayor Tom Menino
  • The Honorable Karen Mills
  • U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington
  • Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
  • U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, together with the women of the U.S. Senate
  • Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will also lead a presentation of the women of the House:
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut
  • Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York
  • Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York
  • Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Wisconsin
  • Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania
  • Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland
  • Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Joyce Beatty of Ohio
  • Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
  • California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez
  • Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado
  • Congressman David Price of North Carolina
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada
  • President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards
  • Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
  • The Honorable Ken Salazar
  • Journalist Cristina Saralegui
  • U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York
  • Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
  • The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
  • Costco co-founder and former CEO Jim Sinegal
  • Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland
  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen
  • Los Angeles Mayor, Democratic Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa
  • The Honorable Tom Vilsack
  • Senate candidate from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren
  • DNC Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida
  • Congressman Mel Watt of North Carolina

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