Democrats to gather in San Diego this week

California Democrats will get up close and personal with presidential candidates this weekend in San Diego as the party gathers for its annual convention.

Saturday morning, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is on the agenda, followed in the afternoon with U.S. Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.

Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former
U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Arkansas, will talk to delegates on Sunday.

California is big fat plum for a Democrat who wins here in February as part of what’s being called a super-duper primary Tuesday. And since political conventions attract diehard Democrats who will vote, it’s just a matter of which candidate wins their affections.

Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will speak twice on Saturday.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen