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First on CNN: Who’s delivering prayers at the DNC

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 4 2012 10:42 a.m. MDT

President Barack Obama bows his head during an opening prayer as he hosts a dinner for members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb., 29, 2012.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

Our take: While much was made of who would be praying at the Republican National Convention, CNNs Belief Blog offers a list of prayer givers at the Democrats convention this week and why they matter.

President Barack Obama has a penchant for using high-profile prayer givers to send messages to the nation.

At his 2009 White House inauguration, Obama called on Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation, signaling an attempt to tamp down on the culture wars (Warren is a theologically conservative evangelical who was close to George W. Bush).

Closing out the inauguration of the first black president was a prayer from The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil rights leader who worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Obama campaign sent us a list of who will be delivering the opening and closing prayers each day at this weeks Democratic National Convention.

The important role faith has played in President Obamas own life and the lives of many Americans will be reflected in Charlotte," said Clo Ewing, a spokesperson with the campaign. "The Convention will include diverse religious leaders who are committed to the common good and understand that America needs a president who leads with values.

Read more about pray givers at the DNC on CNN.

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