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September 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Costco’s Sinegal in spotlight at Democratic convention tonight

Jim Sinegal, co-founder of Costco

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal will get a moment in the national spotlight tonight, when he speaks right around prime time at the Democratic National Convention.

According to a schedule released by the DNC, Sinegal will be speaking at 9:50 p.m. Eastern (6:50 p.m. Pacific), just before Mass. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. But a C-SPAN schedule has Sinegal listed for 10 p.m. (ET) sharp, which would be right at the beginning of prime-time TV network coverage.

Either way, it looks like Sinegal is being counted on for a vital messaging role, to help make the economic and business case for reelecting President Obama. He’ll be among the final speakers before the main event of the night – an address by former President Bill Clinton.

I’d expect Sinegal’s talk to push back against the Republicans’ “We Built It” refrain from their convention in Tampa last week, which portrayed Obama as dismissive of business owners’ role in their own success.

Speakers at the Democratic convention, including First Lady Michelle Obama, have unabashedly defended the government’s role in building a prosperous and equal-opportunity society.

Sinegal, who retired as Costco’s longtime CEO this year, has been a major Democratic donor and hosted Obama to a pair of fundraisers at his posh Hunt’s Point home in July.

Also speaking at the convention today is U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., whose talk is scheduled for about 6 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Pacific).

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