UPDATE, 5:42 PM: “Let me tell you something, the Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy’s flipping burgers, she needed a tax break but the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not,” the former Desperate Housewives star told the delegates in Charlotte to big applause tonight. Besides hitting out at Barack Obama’s GOP rival Mitt Romney and his policies, the campaign co-chair used her just over six minute speech to stress employment opportunity issues. “As I travel the country for the President, I see Americans of every background fighting to succeed. They’re optimistic, they’re ambitious, they’re hardworking but they also want to know that their hard work will pay off,” Longoria said. “We’re lucky that our President understands the value of American opportunity because he’s lived it,” she added to big applause. In a poised partisan and personal biography heavy speech, the long time Obama supporter was a clear contrast, as she promised yesterday to be, to the often rambling appearance by Clint Eastwood at the GOP convention last week.
PREVIOUSLY, 5:19 PM: Eva Longoria has walked on stage at the Democratic National Convention. A co-chair of the President’s reelection campaign, the former Desperate Housewives actress has promised over the past day that she will not be pulling a Clint Eastwood during her turn in the political spotlight. “I come from a very different position than Clint Eastwood,” said the long time Obama supporter yesterday to CNN’s Piers Morgan. Eastwood’s seemingly improvised appearance as the surprise speaker during the last night of the Republican Convention was ultimately unsuccessful for both the Oscar winner and GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Longoria is expected to discuss education, Hispanic voters and small businesses during her approximately 10-minute speech. President Obama will close out the night after being introduced by Vice-President Joe Biden. It’s been quite the star-studded day so far in Charlotte for Democrats. Besides musical performances from James Taylor and Mary J. Blige, the party saw Avengers star Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington, who appears in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained, took the podium to talk about student loans and young adult voters.
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Former White House Associate Director of Office of Public Engagement and Harold and Kumar star Kal Penn is right now hosting a livestream online of the convention. Penn, who addressed the delegates on Tuesday, is interviewing Vice-President Biden, along with actress’ Elizabeth Banks and his former House M.D. co-star Olivia Wilde. Jessica Alba, who has been seen in the Time Warner Cable Center’s skybox with Longoria, and her husband Cash Warren are hosting a the Super-O-Rama fundraiser tonight in Charlotte after the convention ends.