Democratic Convention: what to watch for on Day 1

DNC 2012
President Barack Obama's acceptance speech to the DNC 2012.

The Democratic National Convention — a four-day event where presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is poised to officially be selected as the party’s presidential nominee — kicks off in Philadelphia Monday.

Following suit of the Republican Convention just last week, Democrats wasted little time Monday showing that their party is just as dysfunctional and divided as their GOP counterparts.

In the wake of Friday’s leak of thousands of emails showing DNC officials were attempting to undercut Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during his primary campaign against Clinton enraged his delegates and has led to large protests in the City of Brotherly Love.

The leak also prompted the resignation of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Monday morning the Florida Congressman was greeted with boos by delegates, and hours later she announced she would not gavel in the convention, recognition her presence on the stage would only further showcase Democrats’ deep divisions.

Hoping to reunite the party behind Clinton, the DNC’s Day 1 theme will be “United Together” and will focus on putting the future of American families front and center, where speakers will advocate for building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and where everyone has a chance to live up to their God-given potential.

The full list of Monday’s speakers:

  • Pam Livengood: has been personally affected by the growing substance abuse epidemic
  • Karla & Francisca Ortiz: an American citizen but her parents, including her mother, Francisca, are undocumented and live in fear of deportation
  • Keith Ellison: Democratic U.S. Congressman from Minnesota
  • Lily Eskelsen Garcia: National Education Association President
  • Raul Grijalva: Democratic U.S. Congressman from Arizona
  • Tina Kotek: Oregon House Speaker
  • Mary Kay Henry: SEIU President
  • Joe Kennedy: Democratic U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
  • Dan Malloy: Governor of Connecticut and Chair of the Democratic Governors Association
  • Sean McGarvey: Building Trades President
  • Jeff Merkley: U.S. Senator from Oregon
  • Linda Sanchez: Democratic U.S. Congresswoman from California
  • Lee Saunders: AFSCME President
  • Randi Weingarten: American Federation of Teachers President
  • Anastasia Somoza: an advocate for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Astrid Silva: a Mexican immigrant who has who has benefited from Mr. Obama’s executive actions deferring deportation
  • Richard L. Trumka: president of the AFL-CIO
  • Elizabeth Warren: Democratic U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
  • Bernie: Sanders: U.S. Senator from Vermont and Hillary Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination
  • Michelle Obama: First Lady of the United States


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