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DNC Day 2: Hillary Clinton Nominated, Bill Clinton Speaks


A delegate wears a hat with a bobble-head doll of Democratic presidential candidate Sec. Hillary Clinton during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016.

A delegate wears a hat with a bobble-head doll of Democratic presidential candidate Sec. Hillary Clinton during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016.

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Unity was supposed to be the theme of the first day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, but it didn’t feel that way during several key moments Monday night. 

Between chants of “Bernie! Bernie!” interrupted several speeches and some Hillary Clinton supporters took to outright shushing Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, supporters in a relationship that has proven to still have some mending to tend to. But it did end in a moment of party unification when Sanders took the stage and fully endorsed Clinton for president.

“… Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close,” he said. Well, Tuesday night the Democratic party will officially nominate Clinton for president. Here are the three key storylines to watch on Day 2. 

1) One More Chance To Feel The Bern: 

True, the roll call is a foregone conclusion: Hillary Clinton will be the nominee. But with about 1,900 delegates – about 40 percent of the total – Bernie Sanders will also get plenty of attention from his followers.  In short, the Clintonites will have to tolerate another evening of sharing the stage with Bernie. Some delegates have even proposed a walkout in protest of what many see as a rigged system after recent DNC email leaks revealed plans by some of the party’s top officials to work against Sanders’ campaign. But Clinton also carries enough support — and Sanders’ speech likely swayed some, if not many, of his supporters to unifying behind one candidate — to comfortably take the nomination.

Watch to see if the roll call includes a lot of the traditional Chamber of Commerce-type state promotions or more explicit political commentary. 

2) Bill Clinton Takes The Stage:

The former president and husband to this year’s presumptive nominee gave the most compelling speech at the 2012 convention, explaining why Barack Obama should be reelected. Can Bill Clinton make as good a case for his wife on Tuesday night? Bill Clinton has been stumping all campaign season long for Hillary, especially in the Northwest where he made several campaign stops prior to both Oregon and Washington’s primaries. Expect him to deliver his strongest message of support yet. 

And if you’re into Twitter, it will be hard to avoid looking at the feed of one @realDonaldTrump while the ex-president is speaking. The Republican nominee for president has developed a reputation for his running political commentary during key events and doesn’t miss any chances to take shots at the Clintons.  

3) The Mothers Of The Movement:

It’s no secret that violence, specifically gun violence, has become one of America’s most divisive topics of conversations in recent years. Police shootings are constantly in the news and recently some citizens have begun carrying out terrifying attacks on the police.The official theme for the second day of the convention is “A Lifetime of Fighting For Children and Families,” and will feature speeches from the group Mothers of the Movement, which is made up of mothers who have lost their children to violence, some in police shootings.

Among the speakers: Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr; Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton; Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden.


Bonus: OPB Politics Now

On the latest special installment of OPB Politics Now from the DNC, Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes break down the convention’s contentious first day. Topics of discussion include speeches by Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama, as well as the ongoing tension between Sanders and Clinton supporters. Listen to OPB Politics Now on OPB, or subscribe on iTunes, NPR One or wherever podcasts are found. 

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