Democrats Planning to Feature Republicans, Gay Soldiers at Charlotte Convention: Report

Planners for the Democratic National Convention are hoping to feature "several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents" according to Politico, as part of a nightly "social contrast" segment "in which two people describe their personal experience with a hot-button issue."

DnccPolitico:

But the plans show organizers intent on steering clear of controversy as well. For the gay marriage social contrast, for instance, the documents state the participants should be “not a gay couple” — but a “parent and gay son or daughter.”

Other examples: “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Gay soldier and fellow (straight) soldier who served together in Iraq or Afghanistan (ideally the straight soldier was helped by the gay soldier, i.e., medic, in fire fight) … Planned Parenthood: Husband who talks about how a PAP smear saved his wife’s life and his spouse … Immigration: Two young people from the same family, one who was born here, the other a few years older who was not … Choice: A couple who has children, but wants to make their own decisions, not have the government do it for them (or who has confronted a difficult medical situation).”