CHARLOTTE, N.C. - North Carolina native James Taylor took the stage at Time Warner Cable Arena Thursday afternoon and glanced down at the furniture next to him.
"It's an empty chair. It makes you nervous," he said. "Don't worry. I'm going to sit on it. I'm not going to talk to it."
The crowd roared at Taylor's wry reference to Clint Eastwood's infamous appearance at last week's Republican National Convention. And with that, Taylor launched into a brief set of his hits, highlighted by "Carolina in My Mind."
The streets of downtown teemed with convention-goers this afternoon when, suddenly, the people in the streets screamed and ran for cover.
Some people, just a few steps away, for a few seconds feared a terrorist attack. And then all of a sudden the truth came raining down on everyone and the threat came clear. The skies had once again opened for Charlotte's daily deluge.
The rainstorm seemed to validate the convention planners' decision to move today's 4 to 11 p.m. convention session, originally planned for the open-air Bank of America Stadium, inside to Times Warner Cable Arena.
So did the forecast, which called for an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7 and 9 p.m.
Thursday marked the sixth consecutive day of rain in Charlotte - meaning it's been raining since convention-goers arrived. As a result, there are boxes filled with umbrellas right outside the arena, since they are banned from the convention site.
Actress Eva Longoria told the convention that, to pay off her college loans, she changed oil in a mechanic's shop, flipped burgers at Wendy's, and taught aerobics.
She needed a tax break back then, but not anymore.
President Obama will ensure that hard work and ambition are rewarded with opportunity, the "Desperate Housewives" star told the convention crowd Thursday night. Obama has cut taxes for working Americans and small business owners, Longoria said, while Mitt Romney wants to cut taxes for wealthier people like her.
Joe Biden was nominated to be the next vice president of the United States by his son, Beau.
"We do have promises to keep," said the younger Biden, Delaware's attorney general. "And my dad and Barack Obama are keeping them. And yes, we have miles to go before we sleep, but Joe Biden and Barack Obama are leading the way forward."
He called Joe Biden "my father, my hero."
The vice president looked on from his seat, wiping his eyes and appearing to choke up. Then, to applause, he stood, visibly moved.
"Your son calls you a hero, you gotta feel it in the heart," said the convention's chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Jerry Zremski and News wire reports.