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Obama will speak outside Thursday, rain or shine

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U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at the stadium on the final night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention which the city of Charlotte will host September 3-6. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

While steady rain poured on delegates as they arrived in Charlotte for the convention Monday, Obama campaign officials tell the New York Times the president is tough enough to speak in the rain when he accepts his nomination on Thursday night.

Obama is slated to speak to 65,000 at the open Bank of America Stadium on Thursday night-- though there is currently a 30 percent chance of rain. He'll talk as long as there is no risk of lightening or tornadoes, the paper reports.

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