Joe Biden says Hillary Clinton ‘clear-eyed’ and ‘steady’

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The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

8:40 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is tweeting out his admiration for Hillary Clinton in advance of his convention address on the Democratic nominee.

He writes: “I’ve seen Hillary in the Senate & the Situation Room” and he calls her “clear-eyed. Steady. Understands working with people. Exactly the leadership we need.”

The vice president also is savoring the campaign ahead.

“It’s good to be back, folks. … Let’s go elect some Democrats.”

Biden addresses the convention later Wednesday.

8:30 p.m.

Gabby Giffords – the former Arizona congresswoman nearly killed in a 2011 shooting – is telling the Democratic National Convention that “speaking is difficult for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: Madam President.”

Joining Giffords on the convention stage is her husband, Mark Kelly, as they talk about the need to challenge the gun lobby and place new restrictions on firearms.

Giffords calls Hillary Clinton – the Democratic nominee for president – “tough” and “courageous,” and Giffords says Clinton, as president, will “stand up to the gun lobby.”

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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