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Democratic National Convention – Day One – July 25, 2016

From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th

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Day One

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The list of speakers will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Speaking tonight will be Cory Booker, Michelle Obama, keynote speaker Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders

July 25th Speakers

Gavel in at 3:00pm

Pam Livengood

Pam and her family of Keene, NH have been personally affected by the growing substance abuse epidemic and are guardians for their grandson because of their daughter’s struggle with addiction. Pam raised the issue with Hillary while participating at a round-table during the first trip to New Hampshire.

Karla & Francisca Ortiz

Karla is an American citizen from Las Vegas, NV but her parents, including her mother, Francisca, are undocumented and live in fear of deportation. Karla met Hillary Clinton in Nevada and was featured in the campaign ad, Brave.

Anastasia Somoza

Anastasia of New York, NY, along with her twin sister, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when she was born and is an advocate for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anastasia interned for Hillary Clinton in her U.S. Senate office and on the 2000 campaign for senate. Anastasia first met President Bill Clinton in 1993 at a town hall meeting for kids.


DREAMer Astrid Silva

Senator Bernie Sanders

First Lady Michelle Obama

President Obama: “I’m ready to pass the baton to Hillary Clinton.”

Yesterday, in Charlotte NC, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at a campaign rally to make the case for 4 more years – of Democrats in the White House!

President Obama spoke about “passing the baton” to the next Democratic president and Secretary Clinton spoke of “building on the progress that President Obama has made.” Steady progress – maybe not revolutionary but certainly historical. As Hillary Clinton pointed out, when the founding fathers met in Philadelphia 240 years ago to sign the Declaration of Independence, “nobody who looked like Barack Obama or me would have been included”. Yesterday, in Charlotte, the first black president passed the baton to the person who will likely become the first woman president.

Secretary Clinton:

President Obama’s job, one that he did not ask for but was handed to him, was to save us from a second great depression, and that is exactly what he did.

Actually, I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy.

We’ve added 14 million private sector jobs. The auto industry just had its best year ever. Twenty million people now have health care. Clean energy production has soared. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. That is what leadership looks like.

So our next president has a different job to do: building on the progress that President Obama has made. We have to continue to take on deep structural challenges that existed long before the great recession.

President Obama:

… the bottom line is I know Hillary can do the job, and that’s why I am so proud, North Carolina, to endorse Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.

Now, I recognize to some degree I’m preaching to the choir.

I know I probably don’t need to tell anybody here why we need Hillary’s steadiness and her level-headedness and her brilliance and her temperament right now — right now, because we’ve been through some tumultuous times in this new century and we continue to face all kinds of challenges and change in the years ahead.

And this November, in this election, you are going to have a very clear choice to make; between two fundamentally different visions of where America should go. And this isn’t even really a choice between left and right or Democrat or Republican. This is a choice between whether we are going to cling to some imaginary past or whether we’re going to reach for the future.

From the Democratic Party Wing of the Democratic Party: Founders Day Gala in Milwaukee

Last night, Democrats from all over the State of Wisconsin gathered for the Founders Day fund-raiser in Milwaukee. In attendance were both presidential candidates, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, local party luminaries like former Senator Herb Kohl, former Rep. Dave Obey plus current elected officials from Wisconsin: Rep. Gwen Moore and Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Invited guests included Sen. Al Franken, Cecile Richards from Planned Parenthood, Rep. Marcy Kaptur from Ohio, Rep. André Carson of Indiana, and Rep. Maxine Waters of California.

The purpose of the event was to raise money for the party as we head into the general election with the goal of electing another Democratic president, returning Russ Feingold to the U.S. Senate, and adding Democrats to the Wisconsin delegation to the House of Representatives. Democratic Party of Wisconsin officials think that there is a pretty good chance for Democrats to win back the state Senate and to narrow the gap in the state Assembly.

The full CSPAN clip is here and selected clips are below the fold.

(Speakers: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, DPW Chair Martha Laning, Rep. Gwen Moore, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, former and future Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin)

President Obama: “We will win because we focus on the things that matter in the lives of the American people”

President Obama spoke at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Baltimore Maryland on Thursday.

Tonight, I have an announcement to make about the presidential race: Democrats will win in November and we will have a Democratic President succeeding me. Just in case there’s any confusion about that. (Applause.)

And the reason I can say that with confidence is because we focus on the things that matter in the lives of the American people.

… we believe that our politics should reflect what’s best in us. You know, I’m not going to claim Democrats are perfect. I’m not going to claim that we’re right on every single issue, or we have a monopoly on wisdom. But I do know that we hold ourselves to a higher standard. We know that we’ve got to do better. We believe that there are structural problems in our democracy that we can fix; that there’s too much money in our politics; that a true democracy doesn’t try to discourage people from voting but, in fact, tries to encourage people from voting and participating and making sure their voice is heard. (Applause.)

Because we believe that every vote, and every voice matters — whether it’s black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, gay, straight, people with disabilities. That everybody’s voice matters. Everybody’s voice counts. That’s what we fought for. That’s why John Lewis is sitting here today. (Applause.)

We believe that no matter who you are, where you got your start, what your first name — what your last name is, what zip code you were born in, that you deserve a shot, an opportunity, and success. That’s what we believe. And we believe, yes, that government has a role to play in making that happen, to giving a hand up to people. If we stay true to those principles, our party is not just going to have a good year — America will have a good year. And we’ll have more good years after that, and we’ll build for future generations to come.

The Obama Coalition … built for our future … and to endure for many generations to come.

Full transcript below.