Democratic Convention: what to watch for on Day 3

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[Photo Credit: The New York Times | Ruth Fremson]

Tuesday night Hillary Clinton officially clinched her party’s nomination, becoming the first woman nominated to run for president of the United States by a major party.

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Former President Clinton defended Hillary Clinton’s career during his speech at the DNC on Tuesday. [Photo Credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla]

The historic moment was not without tension as Bernie Sanders supporters, still reeling over Friday’s email leaks that revealed thousands of emails showing DNC officials were attempting to undercut the Vermont senator during his primary campaign against Clinton, stormed out of the convention hall after Clinton won the nomination.

Wednesday, President Barack Obama will take the stage and make a prime-time pitch for Clinton, where he will argue for progressive policies that he’s worked on the past eight years — calling for her to be his successor to help maintain them.

Themed “Working Together,” Wednesday’s speakers will take an in-depth look at just how high the stakes are in this election, making the case for how they believe Clinton has the experience and steadiness to bring people together to tackle the big challenges and get real results.

The list of Wednesday’s key primetime speakers:

  • Barack Obama: President of the United States
  • Joe Biden: Vice President of the United States
  • Tim Kaine: Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee and U.S. Senator from Virginia
  • Leon Panetta: served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense from July 2011 to February 2013.
  • Ilyse Hogue: President of NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Charles Ramsey: former Philadelphia police commissioner
  • Stephanie Schriock: President of Emily’s List
  • Jamie Dorff: her husband was an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq.
  • Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard:  two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Erica Smegielski: Erica’s mother, Dawn, was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and was killed while trying to protect her students.


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