ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Hillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic party's presidential nomination Thursday night in Philadelphia, making history as the first woman to be chosen to run for the highest office in the land by a major party in the United States.
"Today, we've reached a milestone in our nation's march toward a more perfect union: The first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President," Clinton said. "Standing here as my mother's daughter's, and my daughter's mother, I'm so happy this day has come."
"Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too, because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone," she continued. "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit."
Clinton was clearly emotional as she walked on stage, and said: "I'm so happy this day has come."
The former secretary of state, introduced by her daughter Chelsea, drew on the historic roots of Philadelphia as a way to reiterate one of her campaign slogans.
"Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together," she said. "America is once again at a moment of reckoning."
Early in her speech, she thanked her formal rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, who urged his supporters to support Clinton despite their differences.
“Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary,” Clinton said.
“And to all of your supporters here and around the country: I want you to know, I've heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion,” she said.
Throughout the speech, she took aim at her Republican rival, Donald Trump, casting him as capitalizing on feat to divide the country.
"He's taken the Republican Party a long way, from 'Morning in America' to 'Midnight in America.' He wants us to fear the future and fear each other," she said.
Later she took issue with Trump's comments about the military and his supposed superior knowledge about ISIS.
"A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons," she said.
Throughout her remarks, particularly at the beginning, pockets of protesters jeered and booed at Clinton. Her supporters tried to drown them out with chants of, "Hillary, Hillary."
One of her best-received lines came when she talked about her plans to increase gun control.
"I'm not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment. I'm not here to take away your guns. I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place," she said.
Clinton's speech was the final address of the Democratic National Convention. It was the first time she was formally addressing the convention, though it isn't the first time she's been spotted.
On Tuesday night, hours after she was formally nominated by the roll call and by Bernie Sanders' move for a voice vote, she spoke via video message from New York. And then on Wednesday night, she went on stage to thank President Obama after his speech.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Donald Trump campaign said Hillary Clinton's Democratic National Convention speech was "delivered from a fantasy universe," in a scathing rebuke against the newly-minted Democratic presidential nominee.
"Clinton's speech was an insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric," Trump's Senior Policy Advisor, Stephen Miller, said late Thursday night. "She spent the evening talking down to the American people she's looked down on her whole life."
Earlier in the evening, Clinton spoke before thousands at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia to formally accept her party's nomination.
Shortly after Clinton spoke, Trump fired off a series of Tweets, one of which blasted his election rival for "corruption" and said "devastation" follows her wherever she goes.
No one has worse judgement than Hillary Clinton - corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas criticized Sen. Ted Cruz in an interview Thursday, possibly testing a couple of modes of attack that he could use against the polarizing senator in a contest for Cruz's seat in 2018.
“Many Texans have been extremely disappointed in Ted, in his leadership,” Castro told ABC News. “Ted doesn’t work for Texas, he works for Ted.”
Texans haven’t sent a Democrat to the Senate in more than 20 years, but Castro said they “want somebody in there who is not spending every day figuring out where in Iowa they’re going to visit.”
“He is somebody who went to Washington and made it worse,” Castro said of Cruz.
The ambitious San Antonio Democrat, whose future has been an object of speculation among the party faithful gathered in Philadelphia, said he’ll decide in the next couple of months whether to run for the Senate.
The congressman acknowledged that his twin brother, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, was disappointed that he wasn’t selected by Hillary Clinton as her running mate.
“Folks have asked him this week, ‘Hey, were you disappointed that you didn’t become VP?’ How could you not be disappointed that you’re not on a ticket like that?”
“Of course, there is some disappointment, but I think it’s eased when you lost out to somebody who is such a good person and who will help her win in November,” he said of Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, praised her mother's dedication to public service in her speech introducing the former secretary of state to the DNC, saying that "she never forgets who she's fighting for."
"I'm here as a proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother, and a very, very proud daughter," Chelsea Clinton began in her endorsement of her mother.
She described her mother as "wonderful" and "hilarious," and recounted stories about her mother reading "Goodnight Moon" to her. She also described her mother as a devoted grandmother.
Her father, President Bill Clinton, could be seen focusing on the speech intently while she spoke.
She talked about her parents' work on education, and health care.
"Public service is about service," she said about her mother's work as a politician.
She said that her mother would get "straight to work" after hearing about people's problems. She also recounted her mother's losing fight to achieve universal health care in 1994, and how she recovered, getting "right back to work."
Gun violence, criminal justice reform, women's rights, and climate change were issues she said her mother would focus on as president.
"I know with all my heart that my mother will make us proud," she said.
Chelsea Clinton, 36, is remembered as being a shy teenager who grew up in the White House under the glare of the political spotlight. In 2008, she campaigned for her mother in her primary run against then Senator Barack Obama.
The mother of two is married to Marc Mezvinsky, an American former investment banker and co-founder of the hedge fund Eaglevale Partner. Mezvinsky's career as a hedge fund manager came under the microscope at times during Clinton's primary battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders, and was used as ammunition to portray the Clintons as being uncomfortably close to Wall Street, and out of touch with everyday Americans.
Chelsea Clinton's friendship to Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican nominee Donald Trump, has also been of interest to voters.
The two women haven’t made public appearances together since their parents became political rivals in the upcoming presidential election, but have a friendship through their husbands.
Ivanka Trump recently told People magazine they have remained friends, despite the campaign spotlight.
Adam Schultz for Hillary for America(NEW YORK) -- Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke about her resignation during a reception at the party's convention today, saying she “took one for the team” by stepping down from her leadership post.
“This has been a difficult week. There’s no question about it," she said at the reception by the National Jewish Democratic Council. "And I am so proud of my team, some of whom are here, that put [the convention] together, from the convention team, to the national committee staff, to the volunteers, to our donors. Sometimes you just have to take one for the team. And that’s what happened. It's OK."
Video of her remarks was posted on the Jewish Telegraphic Agency's Facebook page.
Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation as chair on Sunday, after WikiLeaks posted nearly 20,000 leaked emails by top Democratic National Committee officials over the course of the primary season.
Several of the emails appear to show Wassserman Schultz growing increasingly frustrated with the Bernie Sanders campaign, with her at one point even referring to his campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, as a "damn liar" and an "a--."
As chair of the party's national committee, Wasserman Schultz was supposed to remain neutral through the primary season, and Sanders and his campaign repeatedly accused her of bias in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Wasserman Schultz was supposed to both open and close the convention. But since announcing that she would step down, she has maintained a very low profile at the event. She has not come onstage, and aside from occasional sightings of her relayed by Twitter users, she has remained out of the public eye. When the Clinton campaign was asked at a briefing today if Wasserman Schultz would be in the arena tonight, campaign staffers said they didn’t know.
The outgoing chair offered effusive praise of Clinton today, telling those at the reception how she supported Clinton even before the candidate announced her run in 2008. Wasserman Schultz said she propelled herself through “the five stages of grief” before supporting Barack Obama that year.
The rest of her remarks that were videotaped were largely spent attacking Donald Trump and emphasizing that the Jewish community needs to rally behind the Democratic Party and Clinton.
She also discussed her next steps. She said she is going home to the Florida congressional district she represents, “winning my primary” -- in which she is in a tight race with Tim Canova, a progressive candidate backed by Bernie Sanders -- to continue her role as a Florida congresswoman and that she will keep fighting for the Democratic Party agenda.
“I am going to be right back out there. I am taking off one hat but putting on another,” she said.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- In an interview with ABC News on day four of the Democratic National Convention, Joel Benenson, a chief strategist and pollster with Hillary Clinton's campaign, addressed the growing public scrutiny over the Democratic presidential nominee's lack of press conferences.
"We'll have a press conference when we want to have a press conference," said Benenson.
While Clinton has appeared in one-on-one interviews and made various television appearances throughout the campaign, she hasn't fielded open questions at a news conference since Dec. 4, 2015, when she answered seven questions from gathered journalists.
The former secretary of state's lack of appearances in front of the press has been noticed by Republican nominee Donald Trump, particularly as he makes himself available in the same setting every few weeks.
Trump himself has gone so far as to mock Clinton's reluctance to hold a press conference on Twitter, saying in a post on May 31: "I am getting great credit for my press conference. Crooked Hillary should be admonished for not having a press conference in 179 days."
I am getting great credit for my press conference today. Crooked Hillary should be admonished for not having a press conference in 179 days.
"She has answered hundreds, if not thousands, of questions from reporters in one-on-one interviews," said Benenson. "She's doing them every week."
Referring to Trump's comments on the issue, Benenson said, "You're setting up a standard that Donald Trump sets up, of, 'She hasn't had a press conference.'"
In early June, ABC News' Liz Kreutz noted that Clinton "has held just nine press avails with her traveling press corps since January, all of which have lasted 10 minutes or less." Those encounters were informal with small groups of reporters.
"The American people hear from her directly every day. They get to ask her questions every day," said Benenson.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday afternoon he wanted to "hit" some of the Democratic National Convention speakers "so hard" while watching them last night, including a "little guy...so hard his head would spin."
"You know what I wanted to. I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard," Trump said. "I would have hit them. No, no. I was going to hit them, I was all set and then I got a call from a highly respected governor."
Trump didn't immediately clarify what he meant, but he said he was made particularly upset by an unspecified person he called a "little guy."
"I was gonna hit one guy in particular, a very little guy," he said. "I was gonna hit this guy so hard his head would spin and he wouldn't know what the hell happened."
Trump has been campaigning vigorously during the week of the DNC, and has been trying to grab media attention in the process. Yesterday, he held events in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and hosted a short Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit in which he spoke to his most ardent supporters.
At the Florida event, he appeared to invite Russia to intervene in U.S. elections by asking the country to retrieve thousands of Hillary Clinton's deleted emails.
"By the way, if they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do," Trump told reporters Wednesday morning during a press conference at his golf club in Doral, Florida. "They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted."
His campaign immediately tried to walk back his remarks.
3/7 To be clear, Mr. Trump did not call on, or invite, Russia or anyone else to hack Hillary Clintons e-mails today.
Thursday, he wrote off what he said as sarcasm on Fox News.
"Of course I was being sarcastic," the Republican presidential nominee said on "Fox & Friends" this morning.
Before he made the comment about his desire to hit the DNC speakers, Trump accused Sen. Bernie Sanders of "selling out to the devil."
"I was going to say it before. What Bernie should have done instead of selling out to the devil which is what he did, Bernie should have quietly let everything happen, have his protest. He’ll lose, have his protest, go home. He would have gone home a hero," Trump said. "Really, now he's on the other side of the equation except for one thing, trade. He's the only one that gets it."
Trump repeated the sentiment at a rally hosted in Cedar Rapids several hours later, and expressed his desire to "hit this [little] guy so bad."
He said that he was urged to think of his fight against "Crooked Hillary" instead, and that he was advised "don't punch down."
The trip to Iowa was his first return to the state since losing it during the Iowa caucus which took place in February.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- In an interview with ABC News' David Muir, U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro said Hillary Clinton just needs to "be herself" when she takes to the stage this evening to address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and formally accept the party's nomination for president.
"She's been in the public eye now for almost 25 years," said Castro, "and so part of the challenge is, that people are not suddenly going to think of you in a totally different way...I think if folks listen to her, that they will see, as [former] President Clinton said yesterday, who the real person is and instead of the caricature that's been created by the Republicans."
Castro, who spoke with Muir alongside his twin brother, Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, at the convention Wednesday, was vetted early in July by the campaign for the vice presidential spot. Sources said that he and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren had met with Clinton at her Washington home. Castro would have been the first Hispanic candidate on a presidential ticket.
On July 22, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine was announced as Clinton's vice president pick. Julian Castro told Muir that not being selected had been a bit of a letdown.
"I'd be lying to you if I said there wasn't a little bit of a disappointment," he said, "but I also know that I'm 41 years old and that God willing, I'm going to have a lot of years left and I know that I got into public service because I felt very blessed with opportunity...Whether I'm in the public sector or the private sector, I'm going to find ways to create more opportunities."
Julian Castro said further that Clinton had made an "excellent choice" with Kaine.
"He is well-prepared. He has been a governor, a senator. He understands the world," Castro said. "He's a great choice for VP."
Rep. Castro, who represents San Antonio in Congress and was scheduled to speak today at the convention, shared with Muir some of what he planned to say.
"I'm going to talk about the reason that people come to this country and that is opportunity and that Hillary Clinton will help create that opportunity and I think Donald Trump will tear it down," he said.
Joaquin Castro said he would not be shying away from using the Republican presidential candidate's name in his speech.
"I'm going to call him out, yeah, directly," he said. "There is a lot of frustration and anxiety in the country but as an elected official and as a politician, you can direct that energy in different ways and he's directed it in a very divisive and negative way and really played on people's fears and resentments."
"This election truly is about a choice we're making between a candidate in Hillary Clinton that has a broad inclusive view of America and in Donald trump someone that has a darker sort of exclusive view of America," Julian Castro said.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Will former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm serve as the future chair of the Democratic Party?
“I do not know where that came from. I did not put my name in,” Granholm told ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, shutting down the possibility of her taking over the reins of the Democratic Party from interim chair Donna Brazile.
“I have not talked to anybody about it. I totally endorse Donna Brazile,” Granholm explained.
“But she’s only going to do it for a couple of months though,” Klein interjected.
“She should do it longer than that!” the former governor said with a laugh.
On this week’s episode of “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, Granholm also discussed what Hillary Clinton’s nomination means for the next generation of office-seekers, especially young women and girls.
“It’s really very deep for women of my generation and lots of women, obviously. ... I think there’s a real sense here of a woman who has worked really hard to get where she is and the qualifications she has. And here, one of us has finally made it. So, it’s very emotional,” said Granholm, who became the first woman to serve as the governor of Michigan in 2003.
Granholm admits that she started screaming when she saw Hillary Clinton breaking the glass ceiling on-screen at the Democratic National Convention this week.
“Gosh, I, along with everyone else, screamed at the top of my lungs!” Granholm said, calling the video “the perfect symbol” for marking Clinton’s historic presidential nomination. “And then when [the cameras] panned back and saw the kids next to her, there’s that realization that it’s not about her, but it’s about all of us. It’s about the next generation.”
But she added that the nomination of the first female presidential candidate on a major party ticket should be inspirational for young men, as well. “Both genders need to have the lesson that it shouldn’t matter what your plumbing is in order for you to take a position of leadership.”
As for Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, Granholm suggested that the Republican presidential nominee’s message about jobs may resonate well with workers in her home state, but “it’s going to be tough for him” to flip Michigan to a red state.
“However, I do think it’s going to be close,” she noted. “When he talks about the issues related to jobs and trade, that’s really important for our state.”
But, according to Granholm, Trump has yet to prove how he will create jobs for American workers.
“[Clinton], on the other hand, has a really aggressive, advanced manufacturing plan. She wants to make the biggest investment in job creation since World War II in this country. That, people need to hear. She’s got plans to do it. He’s got rhetoric. And rhetoric doesn’t get you anywhere," Granholm said.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- An LGBT activist made history today by being the first transgender woman to address a national political convention.
Sarah McBride, who now works at the Human Rights Campaign, told her story at the Democratic convention and said that while "LGBTQ people are still targeted by hate that lives in both laws and in hearts... tomorrow can be different."
"Four years ago, I came out as transgender while serving as student body president in college. At the time, I was scared. I worried that my dreams and my identity were mutually exclusive," she said.
McBride also told how she fell in love with a transgender man named Andy, who later was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
"We married in 2014, and just five days after our wedding, he passed away," she said, but noted that "more than anything else, his passing taught me that every day matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest."
McBride endorsed Clinton during the speech, saying she would be an advocate for the transgender community.
"Hillary Clinton understands the urgency of our fight. She’ll work with us to pass the Equality Act, to combat violence against transgender women of color, and to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic once and for all," she said.
Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine says Hillary Clinton will convey an optimistic message when she addresses delegates at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night in Philadelphia.
“I think she’s going to tell her story and rooted in this American optimism, which is just a sharp contrast with what we saw in Cleveland last week,” Kaine told ABC News anchor David Muir in an exclusive interview airing Thursday on World News Tonight.
He continued: “Tonight, it’s really her night. Hillary’s been at podiums before but in some ways, usually connected with her husband, with others. I think this is really her beginning to get to know the American public, to just, you know, she to them."
When asked what advice he’s given to his running mate, Kaine would not reveal too many specifics.
“You know what, to give her candid advice means giving her candid advice not on TV,” Kaine said. “I already have given advice and asked questions and engaged in dialogue. She is extremely sincere knowing that the more she listens to people, the better decisions she’s going to make. I just happen to think my two cents added in on an issue along the way will help her win and help her be a great president. I’m excited to take on that role and support her."
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The White House made clear today that Donald Trump will receive the classified intelligence briefing customarily provided to the presidential nominees of each party, despite concerns raised by some current and former intelligence officials and top Democrats on Capitol Hill.
"The Director of National Intelligence has indicated he intends to conduct those briefings pursuant to that long-standing tradition. He certainly is supported by this administration and this White House in doing so," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today.
Intelligence officials have told ABC News the briefing for Republican nominee Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton could happen as soon as next week.
"If you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything. Just fake it, because this man is dangerous,” Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said in an interview Wednesday. He has urged the administration to restrict classified information provided to Trump.
Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote directly to Obama Wednesday asking him to "suspend Mr. Trump's access to these briefings" in light of his recent statements about Russia and hacking. (Trump has said he was being sarcastic.)
Earnest said the briefings are necessary to ensure a "smooth transition" to the next president, whoever it may be, and that the intelligence community could mitigate concerns about security.
They "can both provide relevant and sufficient briefings to the two major party presidential candidates, while also protecting sensitive national security information," he said.
The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has said that both nominees would receive the same information in their briefings.
Ida Mae Astute/ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine mocked Donald Trump for confusing him with a New Jersey politician and said the blunder is proof that Trump is trying to “learn on the fly” as he runs for president.
In an interview with ABC News' David Muir, the Democratic U.S. senator and former governor of Virginia, jabbed at the GOP presidential nominee for his remarks confusing Kaine with former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, a Republican.
“If you don’t know there’s 50 states and New Jersey and Virginia are different, and you’re trying to run for president and learn that on the fly, Lord help you,” Kaine told Muir in an interview airing Thursday on World News Tonight.
Kaine formally accepted the vice presidential nomination in an address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. He used part of his speech to mock Trump by doing an impression of the real estate mogul. In his interview with Muir, Kaine continued his assault on Trump and reacted to Trump’s remarks that Russia should find Hillary Clinton’s emails. Trump has since said he was being sarcastic when he made the remarks about Russia.
But Kaine countered Trump's attempted walk-back: “I don’t think that Russia comment was sarcastic,” he said.
“We got Donald Trump saying, ‘Hey, Russia, put your thumb on the scale to help me in an American election. You will not find that in any other presidential campaign that’s been running in this country in our history,” Kaine said.
Kaine, who was described by a Senate colleague this morning as someone who doesn’t trash talk, has nevertheless not shied away from attacking Trump.
In remarks to the Missouri delegation at a Democratic National Convention breakfast this morning, Kaine said he doesn’t view his jabs at Trump as trash talk.
"I don’t mind drawing a contrast, and I don’t mind calling out bad behavior, and I don’t mind calling out foolishness when I see it. I may not call you a name, but I might call what you propose all kinds of names,” Kaine told the Missouri delegation. "I’m going to have an awful lot of fun with Donald Trump between now and Election Day.”
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Chelsea Clinton may be a former first daughter, but she’ll be the second daughter to introduce her parent as a presidential candidate in the past week.
Ivanka Trump, who Chelsea Clinton was reportedly close with, was also picked to give the speech immediately preceding her father when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland last week.
When Clinton takes the stage tonight to introduce her mother, the comparisons between her and Ivanka -- both young mothers with careers of their own who have grown up in the public eye -- will be immediate.
And Clinton has already started to pick apart some of Ivanka Trump’s comments about how her father. Donald Trump, will “fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right alongside of him.”
At a panel discussion hosted by Glamour and Facebook on Tuesday, Clinton was asked how she would respond to her friend about her claims, answering the question with a question.
“How would your father do that, given it’s not something he’s spoken about? There are no policies on any of those fronts that you just mentioned on his website -- not last week, not this week -- so I think the how question is super important in politics as it is in life,” Clinton said.
“It really matters to me that my mom in this election consistently has told you how she’s going to do everything, whether that’s on gun control or protecting a woman’s right to choose or any of the things we’ve talked about. She also tells you how she’s going to pay for it,” she said.
Clinton, 36, has had experience introducing her mother on the campaign trail in the past, but tonight’s appearance is clearly going to be the most important, history-making speech both she and her mother will have made.
As it was in the case in Cleveland, convention attendees see the symbolic importance of having Hillary Clinton’s daughter introduce her, and view it as an advantage.
Nicole LaChapelle, a delegate from Massachusetts, said that it was especially notable since Hillary Clinton could have chosen to have her husband introduce her tonight rather than having him speak on Tuesday.
“Bravo to Bill Clinton,” LaChapelle told ABC News, saying he gave a “great speech, great tone, and then stepping aside and having Chelsea introduce her.”
“Chelsea has her own career, she has her own kids, her husband isn’t overly involved in politics and she’s jumping in, I feel because it's her mom and she feels she’s the best candidate,” she said.
Chelsea doesn’t parse any words when it comes to her support for her mother.
“I am deeply biased towards my mother,” she said at the Facebook event earlier this week.
“I think it's really hard for any of us to imagine what we can’t see so I am just really proud that little girls will be able to redirect their imaginations in other ways because [of] my mother," she added.
Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- The history-making nature of this week has not gone unnoticed at the Democratic National Convention, but the most pivotal moment comes Thursday night when Hillary Clinton addresses the convention and formally accepts her party’s nomination for president.
Few specifics about the speech have been released in advance but some aides have given some insight into the address.
Campaign Manager Robby Mook said that she will "weave" the themes that have been touted throughout the convention, which has focused on how America is "United Together" and "Working Together" while Clinton has had "A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families." Thursday night’s theme -- "Stronger Together" -- has been a regular maxim of her campaign.
“Tonight in her speech Hillary is going to stitch together each of these themes and talk about how this election is really a moment of reckoning for the voters,” Mook said at a briefing Thursday morning.
John Podesta, another Clinton campaign manager, told ABC News Thursday that Clinton's speech Thursday night will draw on her experiences and the people she has met. She'll then segue into what she wants to achieve during her presidency.
Podesta said that the speech will also include a couple of good jabs at her Republican rival, Donald Trump, but noted that it would be in keeping with the line coined by first lady Michelle Obama during her Monday speech, when she said, “When they go low, we go high.”
Clinton sought ideas for this speech from some of her former speechwriters and senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, but it was Dan Schwerin, Clinton’s current head speechwriter, who took the lead.
James Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo who has written a book about political polarization, said that in addition to “lighting into Trump,” there are two other topics she should be sure to include: an appeal to supporters of Bernie Sanders, and an acknowledgement of her own shortcomings.
“She should reassure them that she has heard them and their concerns and that she will be a tireless advocate” for causes that were important to the Sanders campaign, Campbell told ABC News.
“She must not only unify the party, but excite it -- invigorate it,” he added.
When it comes to her shortcomings, Campbell says there is a way to turn them into advantages.
“Everyone knows that she has a great deal of experience, but they also know that she has left a long trail of controversies in her wake,” he said.
“She should emphasize that her experience is not just a series of entries on her resume, but that she has learned about policy and about her own strengths and weaknesses through this experience. Experience is not a virtue on its own, but it is an opportunity to learn,” he said.
Thursday night won’t be Clinton’s first appearance at the convention -- she made a video address to the group on Tuesday after her husband’s speech and then she walked on stage to thank President Obama after his speech Wednesday night -- but it will be the first time she formally addresses the crowd in person.
While the bar is undeniably high for Clinton Thursday night given the string of speeches that have already been given this week, Campbell doesn’t think that she will be held to the same standards.
“I do not think expectations for her speech are at the Obama, Biden and Bill Clinton level,” he said.