Obama, Biden not the only high-profile speakers at the DNC tonight
(CBS News) CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tonight at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will accept the Democratic nominations for president and vice president.
Here's a look at some of the highlights of Thursday's events, which will be streamed live on CBSNews.com.
Caroline Kennedy, Eva Langoria, 8 p.m. ET
Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, will take the stage this evening, keeping the Kennedy spirit alive within the Democratic party, even after Sen. Ted Kennedy's death. On "CBS This Morning," Kennedy said she approves of the "kind of leadership that President Obama has shown," and believes that this election season will be particularly important to women who and children, who she believes "really have the most on the line."
Actress Eva Longoria will speak shortly after Kennedy, but she said on NBC's "Today Show" that there will be "no empty chairs" during her remarks, referencing the speech that actor Clint Eastwood delivered at the Republican National Convention last week.
Sen. John Kerry, 9 p.m. ET
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who has served in the Senate since 1985 and chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, plans to highlight President Obama's national security credentials.
Joe Biden, 9:30 p.m. ET
Speaking ahead of President Obama's address, the vice president will defend the president's record and make the case for his second term. Biden is expected to bolster the Democratic ticket's appeal among white, working class voters.
President Obama, 10:30 p.m. ET
President Obama on Thursday night will aim to achieve three things in his speech, according to the campaign. Firstly, he will aim to "crystalize the choice" between his views of how to move the county forward and Mitt Romney's views.
Secondly, the president will talk about the challenges the nation has faced in the last four years and the difficult choices he made to set the country on the right path -- even when those choices were unpopular, such as bailing out the auto industry or pursuing health care reform.
Lastly, the president plans to "lay out a path forward" that will give Americans "a good idea of what a second term of an Obama presidency would mean."