Jan Bauer, a delegate from Ames, Iowa, said she was thrilled about the move 'because it's not very comfortable sitting in the rain."
The venue switch is sure to be a costly letdown, if the 2008 Democratic convention is any guide.
Charlotte convention organizers have been guarded about their expenses and won't have to publicly report them until October. Federal campaign records from the Democratic convention in Denver show that the host committee spent more than $760,000 just to rent the outdoor stadium, not counting all the costs of outfitting it for Obama's acceptance speech.
Associated Press writers Ken Thomas and Jeffrey Collins in Charlotte, N.C., and Brian Bakst in St. Paul, Minn., contributed to this report.
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