Edwards Supporters Rush Door at DNC Fall Meeting

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 30, 2007 11:56am

ABC News’ David Wright Reports: A riot seems about to break out here at the Democratic National Committee Fall meeting in Vienna, Virginia. 

About a thousand supporters of former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., have waited Friday for three hours to hear their candidates address members of the Democratic National Committee. 

So many are here that the DNC organized an overflow room for them.  There’s a widescreen TV where you can see the candidates clearly enough.

But there’s no sound.

Many in the overflow area are trade union veterans and they’re not shy about expressing their disappointment about not being able to hear their candidates.

"We want sound, we want sound," they started chanting, just outside the doors to the packed meeting room.

"Let’s storm the room!" one of them shouted. 

There was a sudden rush for the door, but so far security guards have managed to keep the mob at bay.

"This is not okay!" John Edwards is saying up on stage — referring to oil company lobbyists and their hold on US policy.

Edwards appears to be unaware of the scuffle among his supporters outside the door. 

The DNC recently announced it would move its winter meeting from Baltimore to suburban Virginia Sheraton hotel west of Washington because of a labor dispute at the Baltimore hotel.

A DNC official tells ABC News that they only recently booked the Sheraton and there was significantly less space than needed, thus the overflow room.

UPDATE: Apparently someone fixed the sound problem in time for Obama’s speech.  As he took the stage, Obama gave a shout out to the overflow room.  Immediately, a cheer went up in the distance … and you could hear the loud stomping of feet.

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller contributed to this report.

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