Alex Wong/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- President Obama delivered a resounding defense of the state of the country at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night and said Hillary Clinton would help defend his legacy in the White House, continuing the work left unfinished during his presidency.
The president also offered a stinging rebuke of Clinton's Republican rival Donald Trump, painting him as fear-mongering and unqualified for the job and saying "we don't look to be ruled."
"A lot’s happened over the years. And while this nation has been tested by war and recession and all manner of challenge -– I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your President, to tell you I am even more optimistic about the future of America," he said.
"I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America," he declared.
Obama framed the choice facing voters in November as something bigger than "the usual debates between left and right."
"This is a more fundamental choice -– about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government," he said. "We Democrats have always had plenty of differences with the Republican Party, and there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s precisely this contest of ideas that pushes our country forward."
He also slammed Trump and the dire picture painted of the country by the GOP presidential nominee.
"America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump," he said, questioning Trump's qualifications.
"He’s not really a plans guy. Not really a facts guy, either," he said of Trump. "He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated."
Obama said Trump, whose signature line is "Make America Great Again," is "just offering slogans, and he’s offering fear."
"He’s betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election," Obama said. "That is another bet that Donald Trump will lose. Because he’s selling the American people short. We are not a fragile or frightful people. Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order. We don’t look to be ruled."
Obama has been working on the address since early June, officials said.
After watching his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, address the convention on Monday night, the president stayed up until 3:30 a.m. working on his speech, an official said.
The president worked through half a dozen drafts and rehearsed the remarks out loud at the White House on Tuesday.
While outgoing presidents typically have kept a low profile during the fall campaign, the White House says Obama is planning an aggressive public campaign schedule on behalf of Clinton.
"We’ve said to her that we will do whatever we can to help her," one Obama aide said.
Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- Sen. Tim Kaine formally accepted the Democratic nomination as vice president Wednesday, saying that he trusts Hillary Clinton with the life of his son, who is in the military, lacing into Donald Trump.
"I never expected to be here," he said.
He was officially nominated as the party's nominee after a voice vote on the floor of the convention this afternoon. Clinton announced last Friday that Kaine, a sitting Senator for Virginia, would be her running-mate.
Kaine addressed the audience in Spanish briefly when he brought up the year he spent as a volunteer with Jesuits in Honduras, saying that there was an emphasis on “faith, family and work.”
Much like former President Bill Clinton's speech last night, Kaine talked about how he met his wife, Anne, in college, using the speech as an opportunity to introduce himself to a national audience.
And in another similarity to Clinton’s speech about his wife, Kaine described the “battles I have fought my entire life,” citing his work as a civil rights lawyer.
Kaine played the roll of attack dog at times, saying that voters should check if candidates have passion for the work that they do.
“Hillary’s passion is kids and families. Donald Trump has a passion too: himself,” Kaine said.
He also said that Trump is not to be trusted.
"Trump is a guy who promises a lot but he’s got away of saying the same two words every time he makes his biggest hugest promises: believe me!" Kaine said.
"'Believe me?' Here’s the thing. Most people, when they run for President, they don’t just say “believe me.” They respect you enough to tell you how they will get things done," he said.
In wrapping up his remarks, Kaine paid tributes to select Democratic presidents past, adding Hillary Clinton's name at the end.
"Thomas declared all men equal, and Abigail remembered the women. Woodrow brokered peace, and Eleanor broke down barriers. Jack told us what to ask, and Lyndon answered the call. Martin had a dream, Cesar y Dolores said si se puede, and Harvey gave his life. Bill built a bridge into the 20th Century, and Barack gave us hope," he said. "And now Hillary is ready. Ready to fight, ready to win, ready to lead!"
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Billionaire businessman and three-time mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg urged Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November and unite against Republican nominee Donald Trump, who he called a "dangerous demagogue."
"I'm a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one," he told the crowd about Trump.
Bloomberg, 74, an independent and former Republican stumping for Clinton, acknowledged differences with the nominee he was endorsing but said that it was important to put them aside.
"There are times when I disagree with Hillary. But whatever our disagreements may be, I’ve come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue," Bloomberg said.
He also called Trump a "bomb thrower."
"Today, as an Independent, an entrepreneur, and a former mayor, I believe we need a president who is a problem-solver, not a bomb-thrower; someone who can bring members of Congress together, to get big things done. And I know Hillary Clinton can do that, because I saw it firsthand!" he said.
Bloomberg, who followed the tenure of Trump backer Rudy Giuliani as mayor, praised Clinton's leadership in the wake of 9/11.
"I was elected mayor two months after 9/11, as a Republican — and I saw how Hillary Clinton worked with Republicans in Washington to ensure that New York got the help it needed to recover and rebuild," he said. "Throughout her time in the Senate, we didn’t always agree — but she always listened."
Bloomberg’s take on Trump comes on the heels of having weighed a run for president as a third party candidate, something he also toyed with in 2008. Ultimately, after his his chances of winning appeared to be slim, he decided against it.
Bloomberg has been both a Democrat and a Republican at different times in his career. He registered as a Republican before his first campaign for mayor in 2001. He abandoned the Republicans to become an independent in 2007.
Bloomberg is considered to be a pro-business politician, and has strong ties to Wall Street. Socially, however, he is considered closer in line to the Democrats than the Republicans. He is a strong believer in climate change, and considers it an issue of critical importance.
Trump is frequently criticized by environmentalists for denying the potential dangers of climate change.
Bloomberg's tenure as mayor of New York is not without controversy. Observers frequently point to his tenure in office as the origin point of the widely criticized “stop and frisk” policy, a practice of the New York City Police Department in which cops stop and question a pedestrian and then frisk them for weapons.
He frequently clashed with the city's labor unions, and presided over a spike in homelessness.
At the end of the speech, Bloomberg fell back on his track record as a businessman to criticize Trump.
"Most of us don’t pretend that we’re smart enough to make every big decision by ourselves," he said. "And most of us who have our names on the door know that we are only as good as our word, but not Donald Trump."
The White House(PHILADELPHIA) -- An impassioned Vice President Joe Biden tore into Donald Trump, assailing him as the least prepared candidate for president in history, calling out his "malarkey" and saying he had "no clue" during his speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night.
"He has no clue about what makes America great. Actually he has no clue, period," Biden said, as the audience cheered.
He also took on Trump's reality TV show catchphrase, "You're fired."
"Hi slack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in the phrase I suspect he’s most proud of having made famous," Biden said.
"Think about everything you learned as a child, no matter where you were raised. How can there be pleasure in saying, 'you’re fired?'"
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Bill O'Reilly tonight defended his controversial declaration earlier this week that slaves who built the White House were "well-fed and had decent lodgings," claiming he had been unfairly attacked by "smear merchants."
The host of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" made the comments Tuesday night in reference to First Lady Michelle Obama's speech to attendees at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, during which she said, "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters —- two beautiful, intelligent, black young women —- playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."
O'Reilly, 66, said Tuesday on his show, "Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government."
He added that the White House stopped hiring slave labor in 1802 but “did not forbid subcontractors” from using them.
“So Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House," he concluded. "But there were others working as well."
Far left loons distort tip about @FLOTUS statement that slaves built White House. She's correct & I provided facts. More on The Factor -BO'R
Critics slammed his comments, painting them as incorrect and insensitive.
So tonight, O'Reilly addressed the controversy on his show, saying "that commentary was 100 percent accurate providing context to Mrs. Obama's remarks and explaining how the administration of George Washington conducted itself in the construction of the executive mansion. Is that not important to know? Come on. For doing that I was immediately attacked by smear merchants."
He continued, "it is a given that slavery is an abomination. Reporting the story behind Mrs. Obama's very valid points does not diminish the horror of enslavement as these dishonest critics allege."
A conservative who has written books about U.S. history, including "Killing Kennedy," O'Reilly said, "As any honest historian knows, in order to keep slaves and free laborers strong, the Washington administration provided meat, bread and other staples, also decent lodging on the grounds of the new presidential building. That is a fact. Not a justification, not a defense of slavery. Just a fact. Anyone who implies a soft-on-slavery message is beneath contempt."
Fox News' top-rated hosted also took issue with celebrities who criticized him. "Some celebrities like Steven King, Bryan Cranston, Broadway star Audra McDonald immediately sought to exploit the situation on Twitter by buying in to the defamation. We have invited all of them on the 'Factor.' Place your bets on whether they will show up."
Adam Schultz for Hillary for America.(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Democratic National Convention formally nominated Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as the party's vice presidential candidate by acclamation Wednesday afternoon.
When Kaine's name was mentioned by the convention chair for the first time, the Virginia delegation cheered, waving their arms and chanting "Kaine! Kaine!"
Some mixed boos could also be heard from the floor but not nearly enough to stop the nomination.
Despite rumblings of pro-Bernie delegates trying to derail Kaine's nomination, no one else garnered the 300 signatures necessary to have their name placed into nomination. Convention chair Rep. Marcia Fudge confirmed that Kaine's name was the only name submitted for nomination.
Kaine was announced as Clinton's running-mate last Friday and he has been spotted at the Wells Fargo Arena during the Democratic National Convention this week. He is slated to address the crowd this evening.
Clinton was also nominated by acclamation -- a voice vote from the convention floor instead of traditional balloting -- Tuesday by her formal rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, but it came after a full roll call vote and the roll call tally will still be recorded in the official record.
Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- Is Sen. Tim Kaine the right vice presidential candidate to unite a fragile Democratic Party? Sen. Elizabeth Warren won't say.
With progressives still uneasy about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, the Massachusetts Democrat declined to say Tuesday whether Clinton had tapped the best running mate to convince supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders to back her campaign.
“I’ve known Tim since I’ve been in the Senate, and he is a good man,” Warren said in an interview with ABC News' David Muir.
Asked if Clinton made the “right pick,” Warren didn’t directly respond.
“He’s a good man, he has a good heart and he has a lot of experiences,” she said. “He’s going to be a valuable member of the team when she is president.”
In her primetime address to the Democratic National Convention Monday, Warren -- who was also vetted for vice president by Clinton’s team -- said Clinton and Kaine share the values of all Democrats.
“We believe that no matter who you are, no matter where you’re from, no matter who you love, equal means equal,” Warren said. “Hillary will fight to make sure discrimination has no place in America and we’re with her.”
Many progressives are at odds with Clinton's and Kaine’s past support of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, and Sanders supporters could be seen touting “No TPP” signs in Philadelphia. Both say they now oppose the deal.
Sanders supporters are still smarting over the disclosures from thousands of hacked DNC emails, which reveal efforts by top party officials to undermine the Vermont senator’s insurgent primary campaign.
For his part, Sanders forcefully endorsed Clinton in Philadelphia this week, and urged his supporters to do the same.
Roy Rochlin/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- One of the biggest speakers at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night hasn’t been a member of the party for 15 years.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is due to endorse Hillary Clinton Wednesday night, which comes as a surprise for many since he was at one point contemplating a presidential run himself.
Bloomberg’s appearance on the Democratic stage is also something of a surprise since he removed himself from the party in 2001 and became a Republican, before switching to become an Independent.
For New York Democrats attending the convention, they see the move as an example of crossing the aisle as opposed to him coming back into the fold.
Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Borough president, said that he and Bloomberg “didn’t agree on everything” when Bloomberg was in office, but they were able to work together on several fronts and sees it as an important signal that a man who “understands corporate culture” is choosing to get behind Clinton as opposed to Donald Trump.
For New York Assemblyman Michael Blake, who is also attending the convention as a delegate, Bloomberg’s endorsement means a good deal because Bloomberg clearly knows both candidates quite well.
“He had the choice of two New Yorkers -- neither of whom are members of his current party -- and he made the choice that he knows is best for the country,” Blake told ABC News from the floor of the convention Tuesday night.
“Mayor Bloomberg is just another person who knows her well,” he said. “Republicans, Independents and Democrats all realize she’s the best choice.”
While Bloomberg and Clinton are not particularly close, Bloomberg has made no secret he would like to see Trump lose the election.
Bloomberg very publicly considered running as a third-party candidate for president. But he penned an op-ed in March calling it “The Risk I Will Not Take.”
In the op-ed, he didn’t mention Clinton once, yet explained that his decision not to run was because “my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz. That is not a risk I can take in good conscience,” he said of the two Republicans who were in the midst of their party’s primary at that time.
Longtime Bloomberg adviser Stu Loeser told ABC News the endorsement is a sign of Bloomberg's dismay with Republican nominee and fellow billionaire Donald Trump.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told ABC News' David Muir that she believes Donald Trump is a “thin-skinned racist” in an interview Tuesday evening.
She was answering a question about whether she believes Trump is racist for calling her “Pocahontas” in reference to Warren once highlighting her Native-American heritage despite there being no record of it.
"Is that calling him a name too?" Muir asked Warren.
"No, it's the fact," she responded, before turning the focus to Trump’s treatment of Gonzalo Curiel, the judge presiding over a number of lawsuits concerning Trump University.
"Come on, look at what he has said about Mexicans, look at what he has said about Muslims. Look at what he has said over and over -- in fact, you don't even have to quote me on this -- when he had ruling against him on Trump University, he was being sued for fraud over that university. He tried to attack the judge, the federal judge in his case," Warren said.
She added: "Trump said, 'Well, I heard he's Mexican and therefore he can't sit in judgment in my case.' He believed that his bigotry disqualified a Mexican-American judge."
Warren went on to accuse Trump and the Republican Party of increasing "racial bigotry, religious bigotry, attacks on women, attacks on gays, [and] attacks on immigrants."
"That is the heart and the energy of what Donald Trump is bringing to America today," she said.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance via satellite at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday evening.
"What an incredible honor that you have given me," the Democratic presidential nominee told the crowd at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. "And I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet."
She added, "This is really your victory, this is really your night."
Clinton, who made the unannounced, brief remarks, also said: "If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say I may become the first woman president but one of you is next."
Earlier on Tuesday, delegates officially nominated Clinton as their party's nominee -- making her the first woman in U.S. history to become the nominee of a major political party.
Clinton's video remarks followed a lengthy speech by her husband, Bill Clinton.
Hillary Clinton will deliver her own speech at the Democratic Convention on Thursday.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — To so-called “Bernie-or-Bust” supporters who are adamant that they won’t vote for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, vice president Joe Biden said he’d offer the following message: “If you’re as moral and centered as you say you are, I know you can’t vote for Trump. I know.”
Biden's comments came Tuesday during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Clinton made history later that day as the first female major party nominee in the nation’s history when Bernie Sanders, her rival, threw his support behind her even as some of his supporters expressed their displeasure over the outcome of the highly competitive — and at times acrimonious — process leading up to the convention.
Asked what more needed to be done to unify the party, Biden replied: “I don't think anything more has to be done, George. Look — think about it: They went out and busted their neck for the better part of a year. They came close.”
The vice president has a reputation as a working class, middle class man, and Stephanopoulos asked him to explain why Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared to have such appeal to that demographic.
“I think he has been very successful in playing on their fears. And there's not been enough focus on playing on their hopes, appealing to their better angels,” Biden said.
Stephanopoulos mentioned Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s criticism that Democrats avoided mentioning the terror group ISIS on the first night of the party’s national convention.
The vice president responded that there were “a lot more speakers to come” and acknowledged that people — rich and poor — were concerned about ISIS, but he laughed at the idea that the Republican ticket knew how to effectively handle the situation.
“We have the single most significant homeland security of any country in the world. And what are they doing, Pence and Trump? What they're doing is they're breaking up our alliances. These guys don't know what they're talking about,” Biden said.
Trump has questioned whether, under his leadership, the United States would honor the collective defense agreement to its NATO allies should smaller member states come under attack from Russia. The remarks were met with shock and alarm at home and abroad.
It’s widely believed that Russian agents are behind a dump of emails that suggest officials in the Democratic National Committee considered ways to undermine Sanders’ candidacy. The information angered staunch Sanders supporters, with some experts suggesting that any resulting Democratic disarray could ultimately benefit Trump’s bid.
The Republican presidential nominee and billionaire businessman has had longstanding ties to Russia, and he has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.
However, on Tuesday, he denied having business interests in Russia.
Russia has denied the hacking allegations.
If Russia was indeed trying to influence the outcome on the U.S. presidential election, it would be "totally consistent with who Putin is,” Biden said with a laugh.
“I've traveled over a million miles around the world just in the last seven and a half years. But I haven't found a single world leader, ally, friend, who says, ‘Geez, it's great. Maybe we'll get a Trump presidency,’” Biden said, adding: “Oh, I think Putin doesn't want a united NATO. I think he doesn't want a united EU. I could see where a lot of our adversaries would think it's better to have someone who doesn't have any idea what they're doing than have somebody as tough as Hillary.”
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The release of a trove of “embarrassing” hacked internal emails and private voicemail recordings reveal not only the unseemly deal-making involved in recruiting high-dollar donations for political campaigns, but the role fundraising officials play in approving and denying access to President Obama and other top officials.
At least two former U.S. ambassadors called the DNC to speak about personal meetings with the president, according to audio recordings of the calls included in the leaks. One is heard on a recording from May for then-DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz seeking to confirm plans to attend a “small dinner” with President Obama. Another has a staffer call DNC fundraising officials for tickets to a St. Patrick’s Day event with the president.
“We’ve received an invitation to the vice president’s breakfast, but not the White House reception,” the staffer says in a February recording. Later the staffer calls back to confirm that the invitation has been received.
Among the more than 19,000 emails that cybersecurity experts suspect were stolen by Russian state-sponsored hackers and published by WikiLeaks are email exchanges that discusses a range of donor data and transactions.
There are emails that describe a donor angling for seats next to President Obama at a roundtable discussion, and one in which staffers apportion seats for donors at a White House State Dinner. In one, a major contributor from Maryland who has cancer is bumped from a seat next to the president because another, more prolific giver is attending the same event.
“A lot of people unfortunately get sick,” writes Finance Director Jordan Kaplan, who oversees DNC fundraising and is the author of hundreds of the leaked emails.
Kaplan told ABC News this week he has been “embarrassed” to see the internal communication exposed to the world.
“It was conversation we were having amongst our team, and again, I'm sorry people have read them, and I'm embarrassed it's out there,” Kaplan said.
In emails, Kaplan asks finance staff to compile a list of high-dollar donors who want to play golf with President Obama. A draft of the list of presidential golf partners is also among the hacked documents.
More significant, said Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, is that trusted donors saw their personal information exposed to the world.
“What was disclosed is the personal information of our donors and it’s always worrisome when personal information is stolen,” Podesta told ABC News. “And that's true whether it’s Target or Sony or, or the DNC."
A review of the documents by ABC News found the material includes detailed personal information about many of the party’s wealthy supporters. One file, titled “Big Spreadsheet of All Things,” appears to list every single donation made to the party, to Hillary Clinton and to President Obama, and details about each event where money was raised.
A number of the emails expose not only personal information about the donors, but the sensitive task of vetting donors to determine if the candidate can feel comfortable accepting their money, or being seated next to them at an event.
The White House vetting team, for instance, declined to allow Obama to attend a proposed event in Miami hosted by the well-known lawyer Roy Black. The concern with Black appears to be the defendants he represents. Black had hosted a fundraiser for Obama in 2007, the email says, but since that time “Black defended Jeffrey Epstein, who was prosecuted this year for multiple charges of sexual abuse against at least 34 underage girls between 1999 and 2007.” In 2007 Epstein pleaded guilty to a Florida state charge of soliciting prostitution.
That case has been a particularly sensitive point with Democratic officials because Republican nominee Donald Trump, in a speech to a conservative group in 2015, raised questions about President Bill Clinton’s past friendship with Epstein, including flights Clinton took on Epstein’s jet. The email goes on to cite Black’s defense of other “unsavory characters,” and his presence at “parties with flagged celebrities.” Black did not respond to ABC News email and phone messages left at his Florida office seeking comment.
Another lengthy email exchange surrounds a prolific Democratic donor from Chicago, Niranjan Shah, and concerns about his “ties to [disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod] Blagojevich,” as well as purported scandals and negative news reports surrounding his tenure as a university trustee. Shah sought to attend a Chicago roundtable event where he would pose for a photo with Obama.
The blunt replies come from Obama staff. “I don’t think we should include him,” one writes. “He still fails on our end as well,” says another.
The language was hurtful to Shah’s daughter, Smita Shah, who told ABC News her father rose from nothing and earned his success and supported politicians in order to participate in the democratic process.
Many of the leaked emails show only snippets of electronic conversations. For instance, there is discussion with a lobbyist from the Podesta Group about coordinating speech writing for the convention. It is not clear if the lobbyist wound up overseeing speechwriting at the convention – he did not respond to requests for comment.
Top Democratic fundraisers told ABC News they are certainly unhappy to see the emails exposed. But they do not think the emails show anything the general public has not seen before from both parties.
John Cordisco, Chairman of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Democratic Committee, said as long as fundraising is an element of the political process, these kinds of transactions will also be present.
“If you can show me in the past 20 years where that has not taken place, I want to see it,” he said.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The Democratic National Convention is halfway over, and while there was a hefty dose of drama in the first two days, some serious political star power was saved for the final days.
Here are five storylines to watch out for Wednesday: From the Present to the Future
The convention heard from two former presidents last night (President Jimmy Carter by video and President Bill Clinton in person) and now tonight, delegates are going to be hearing from current and soon-to-be former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Both men have already publicly spoken about Clinton and supported her campaign, and Obama held a joint campaign appearance with Clinton in North Carolina earlier this month.
At that appearance, he said that no one has ever been “more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton.” Meanwhile, Biden went on the offensive against Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence during an interview with ABC News on Tuesday at the DNC, saying that “these guys don't know what they're talking about” when it comes to ISIS. Pitting One Billionaire Against Another
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg very publicly considered running as a third party candidate for president but, in March, penned an op-ed calling it “The Risk I Will Not Take.”
Now, four months later, he is expected to endorse Clinton at the convention tonight.
In the op-ed, he didn’t mention Clinton once, yet explained that his decision not to run was because “my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz. That is not a risk I can take in good conscience,” he said of the two Republicans who were in the midst of their party’s primary at that time.
Bloomberg detailed the issues he took with Trump’s campaign in the article, and it seems likely that he will reiterate some of those points later Wednesday night. Meeting Tim Kaine
While Wednesday night may seem like a lineup of familiar political figures, one of the most anticipated speeches comes from Clinton’s vice presidential pick, Tim Kaine.
Though Kaine has been a Virginia Senator since 2013 and was the chair of the Democratic National Committee for two years, the rest of his political career was largely focused around the state level.
Wednesday night will be an opportunity for him to introduce himself to the nation and help highlight some of the reasons why Clinton went with him. Racial Justice Issues Likely Subject
The intersection of race and police has been a hot-button issue in light of the shooting deaths of several African-American men at the hands of police in recent weeks, as well as targeted deadly attacks against police officers.
Those events are likely going to be addressed on the convention stage tonight because two of the best-known leaders in their respective communities are slated to speak.
Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is due to speak at the Wells Fargo Arena as well as former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who was part of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force. Bernie in the Background
Even though Bernie Sanders addressed the convention on the first night, he was still very much on the minds of attendees on Tuesday, when he nixed the roll call vote in an emotional moment.
As the week goes on, however, his planned presence is going to be lessened. There is no planned action on the floor, and he isn’t slated to make another address to the convention.
His supporters are still out in force, both inside and outside the arena, but the leader of that movement isn’t scheduled to still be a regular figure in the party’s convention.
Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night as the first female major party nominee in the country's history -- after her rival, Bernie Sanders, threw his support behind her and nixed the roll call vote.
The moment was marched with cheers, tears and anger from some Sanders supporters who were dissatisfied with the outcome of the primary, which included hundreds of controversial superdelegates.
More than 1,800 delegates -- short of the 2,382 needed to clinch the nomination -- cast their votes for Sanders who surprised observers with strong showings early on and built a movement of supporters with his grassroots campaign, built on the foundation of small donations and railing against Wall Street.
The final delegate tally was 2,838 for Clinton, 1,843 Sanders and 55 abstentions. Vermont's 22 delegates for Sanders and four for Clinton were not included in the count because Sanders ended the vote early.
Moments earlier, when Clinton reached the magic number, she marked the occasion with a single-word tweet.
Prior to clinching the historic vote, speeches for both candidates, including calls for unity, were met with rollicking applause from the audience.
Tulsi Gabbard, a Sanders delegate from Hawaii, and a vocal supporter of his throughout the race, spoke before the start of the roll call vote about the potential legacy of Sanders’ campaign, calling it a “movement of love.”
Some Sanders’ supporters raised their fists in solidarity while Gabbard spoke. A woman waved a sign that read, “Hey DNC save the party—nominate Sanders.”
“I am truly honored to nominate Bernie Sanders for president of the United States,” Gabbard concluded.
Gabbard was the first of several Sanders supporters to testify on his behalf at the start of the roll call. Sanders could be seen smiling warmly while listening to the speakers.
Sanders supporters in the crowd could be seen weeping during the testimony.
Rep. John Lewis, from Georgia, a prominent Clinton backer and Civil Rights activist, said “we are not going back, we are going forward” in endorsing his candidate, and called Clinton “one of the most qualified candidates to ever run for president.”
Competing chants of “Bern-ie” and “Hill-a-ry” broke out as states announced their votes. Larry Sanders, brother of Bernie Sanders, spoke emotionally of his brother and their family while Democrats Abroad announced their tally.
Bernie Sanders appeared to well up while listening to his brother speak.
When it came time for the Vermont delegation to speak, Sanders grew emotional a second time. He reached for the microphone, and endorsed Clinton a final time, saying that all votes be moved to her total.
Competing cheers for both candidates broke out on the convention floor, and many celebrated feelings of unity. But amid a sea of jubilation, some Sanders supporters walked out of the arena.
The opening night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday was a rowdy one, underscored by disagreements between supporters of the two candidates.
Delegates and supporters of Sanders jeered at several speakers including perceived progressive allies like Elizabeth Warren and even Sanders himself for voicing their support for Clinton.
Outside of the convention floor Monday, protesters voiced anger with the DNC and with Clinton on a number of issues, including the environment, legalized drugs, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Some observers viewed Tuesday's roll call as the final opportunity for Sanders supporters to voice their displeasure with Clinton. Both Clinton and Sanders were up for the nomination at the DNC, which was largely considered to be a symbolic gesture for Sanders supporters. Each candidates' supporters will have 20 minutes of floor time to make speeches in support of their candidates.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Former President Bill Clinton offered up a spirited endorsement of his wife at the Democratic National Convention, calling her "the best darn change maker I ever met in my entire life" and saying that she was never satisfied with the status quo.
In the speech, the two-term president recounted the beginnings of his relationship with the former Secretary of State, detailed her decades of advocacy work and extolled her drive in public service.
"In the spring of 1971 I met a girl," the 42nd president told the crowd in Philadelphia.
"She had thick blond hair, big glasses, wore no makeup and she exuded this sense of strength and self-possession that I found magnetic," he said.
Clinton told how it took three marriage proposals before Hillary agreed to marry him.
"I married my best friend. I was still in awe after more than four years of being around her at how smart and strong and loving and caring she was and I really hoped that her choosing me and rejecting my advice to pursue her own career was a decision she would never regret," he said.
The former president went year-by-year detailing his budding relationship with Hillary Clinton and the work she was doing at the time.
"She's been around a long time. She sure has. And she's sure been worth every single year she's put into making people's lives better. I can tell you this, if you were sitting where I'm sitting and you heard what I have heard at every dinner conversation, every lunch conversation on every long walk, you would say this woman has never been satisfied with the status quo in anything," he said. "She always wants to move the ball forward. That is just who she is."
And he described her as "the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life."
"This is a really important point This is a really important point for you to take out of your convention. If you believe in making change from the bottom up, if you believe the measure of change is how many people lives are bettered," he added.
Clinton has been a regular speaker at Democratic conventions since at least 1980 and returned to the convention arena in 2012, when he gave a rousing 48-minute speech in support of President Obama's re-election. He was given the headlining spot on the third night of the 2012 convention -- one typically reserved for vice presidents.
The situation is understandably different this year.
"He thinks that it's important for other people to know the Secretary as well he does. So, tonight's speech will very much be a personal one for him," a Clinton aide told ABC.