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By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

CHARLOTTE -- Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said President Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at the Bank of America Stadium on Thursday "rain or shine."

With rain forecast this week, the main topic at the Democratic National Convention has been whether Obama will speak from the home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers as planned.

One caveat is if "severe" weather, such as thunderstorms, are in the mix. Unspecified contingency plans are also in the works, say convention organizers and the Obama campaign.

"Our plan is to proceed rain or shine," LaBolt said. "That's how they do that with Panthers games."

LaBolt, national press secretary for the Obama-Biden campaign, spoke to reporters and editors with USA TODAY and Gannett as part of our Newsmaker series at the Democratic National Convention.

In other remarks, LaBolt said Obama's prime-time speech will focus on the president's plans to restore middle class security which has been eroded during the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.

Obama's speech "will provide a road map," LaBolt said, and "walk through the investments that need to be made."

LaBolt also touched on campaign finances, transparency in the Obama administration, and the sometimes negative tone of the presidential campaign in his session with USA TODAY. We'll have video highlights later.

LaBolt goes back a long way with the Democratic White House. He was a spokesman for Obama during his Senate days and also did a stint as press secretary for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign.

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