Van Hollen to speak at Democratic convention

August 31, 2012|By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun

Montgomery County Rep. Chris Van Hollen is the latest Democrat from Maryland to land a speaking role in Charlotte next week, Democratic National Convention organizers announced Friday.

The addition of Van Hollen's name to the lineup is not a surprise. As the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, he is well suited to counter Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, the chairman of that committee. In fact, Van Hollen has been doing so for weeks, including during a trip to the Republican convention in Tampa this past week.

Van Hollen has also traveled to New Hampshire and North Carolina to speak against Ryan's controversial budget proposal to cut spending and overhaul entitlement programs, particularly Medicare. He will also stand in for Ryan to help Vice President Joe Biden prepare for his debate later this year.  

Van Hollen joins Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley -- a possible presidential candidate in 2016 -- and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, giving the state an outsized role in Charlotte.

The Democratic convention begins Sept. 3. Details of when the speakers will address delegates have not yet been announced.

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