Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann has been tapped to moderate the AFL-CIO's Democratic Presidential Forum on August 7. The forum will telecast and stream live on MSNBC and MSNBC.com from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (ET). More than 5,000 union members and their families from around the country will attend the forum at McCormick Place West in Chicago, to hear top Democratic candidates spell out their vision for the nation. Immediately following the forum, Keith will anchor a special edition of Countdown with Keith Olbermann (8:30 - 9:00 p.m. ET) from McCormick Place West.
Candidates confirmed for the event include Senator Joe Biden, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Christopher Dodd, former Senator John Edwards, U.S. Representative. Dennis Kucinich, Senator Barack Obama and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
This is the first presidential forum that Olbermann, an award winning broadcaster, journalist and author, will moderate. Olbermann has anchored Countdown with Keith Olbermann since its launch in 2003. He also co-anchors MSNBC's election coverage with Chris Matthews.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to question the leading Democratic presidential candidates about the key issues of this race," said Olbermann. "This is a critical time in our nation's history and I look forward to helping our viewers better understand where these candidates stand on the issues."
MSNBC will telecast the presidential forum from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the network's special "Super Tuesday" coverage. In June, the network announced that on every other Tuesday, it will focus its daytime coverage exclusively on one major news story, political or otherwise, leading into the 2008 elections.
"We're pleased to work with MSNBC and Keith Olbermann, to make this presidential forum widely available to working people across the country through live coverage in prime time," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said. "Keith's wit and political savvy will ensure a lively and substantive discussion about the issues working families care about most