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Stars Shine as Scheduled Speakers Skip Women's Caucus

August 26, 2008 5:27 PM

Elected officials were joined by Hollywood stars Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria Parker and Fran Drescher as well as 3,000 Democratic convention attendees at Tuesday's women’s political caucus, whose opening was sponsored by Lifetime Networks. However, two advertised high-profile speakers didn't show.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, preparing for a speech to the convention, didn’t come and Michele Obama postponed her scheduled appearance until Thursday at another Lifetime event.

Lifetime was the sponsor of the opening of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, with the network’s “Every Woman Counts” campaign hosting the opening “Women making history” salute.

Lifetime President-CEO Andrea Wong did speak, echoing Sen. Clinton’s statement that her presidential bid created “18 million cracks in the glass” ceiling for women in politics, as well as opportunities for the future.

“When women participate, all women make progress,” Ms. Wong said.

Ms. Longoria Parker, a co-star of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” said she was attending “representing all the desperate housewives out there.”

Ms. Drescher said the election this year is odd.

“We have a black man running for president and women and Hispanics are the deciding vote. It’s a world gone mad,” she said.

Lifetime also co-hosts a party with Rock the Vote tonight.

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