The third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia features the theme of “working together” with a full slate of speeches including those by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, an independent.
Wednesday’s lineup includes some of the most prominent party leaders a day after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, tried to bring the divided party together to beat Republican nominee Donald Trump in November.
11:45 p.m. — Hillary Clinton joins Obama on the convention stage and they stand arm in arm.
10:55 p.m. — President Barack Obama speaks after an introductory video.
“Twelve years ago tonight, I addressed this convention for the very first time,” Obama said, to chants of, “Yes, he did!”
“I was so young that first time in Boston and I’ll admit it, maybe a I was a little nervous .. but I was filled with faith, faith in America, the generous, big-hearted country that made my story, that made all of our stories possible.”
“And while this nation has been tested by war, and tested by recession… I stand before you tonight after two terms as president to tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before. How could I not be after all that we have achieved together?”
Citing his record, he cited the passage of Obamacare, “delivering justice” to Osama Bin Laden, recovery from a recession, opening relations with Cuba, forged a climate agreement, cut veterans’ homelessness in half and passed the marriage equality law.
“By so many measures our country is stronger and more prosperous than when we started …and it wouldn’t be done in one presidency or one lifetime.
“Tonight I’m telling you yes, we still have more work to do … we’re not perfecting our union.”
He said Trump’s vision of the country was dark and divisive.
“That is not the America I know,” he said.
He stressed that this is not a usual election.
“What we heard in Cleveland last week… was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other and the rest of the world .. . just anger, and hate. And that is not the America I know.
“The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous. Sure, we have real anxieties – about paying the bills, protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent. We get frustrated with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions; we are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice.
“There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten,” Obama said. “Parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities we have.
“All that is real; we are challenged to do better; to be better. But as I’ve traveled this country, through all 50 states; as I’ve rejoiced with you and mourned with you, what I’ve also seen, more than anything, is what is right with America. I see people working hard and starting businesses; people teaching kids and serving our country. I see engineers inventing stuff … I see a younger generation full of energy and new ideas, unconstrained by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be.”
“There is only one candidate in this race who knows that future … the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.”
He recalled battling with Clinton in 2008. “I was worn out.”
She was surprised when he asked her to serve as secretary of state, as was his staff.
“She never, ever quits. That’s the Hillary I know....there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, more qualified to serve as president of the United States of America.”
“And then there’s Donald Trump,” he said met by boos. “Don’t boo, vote!”
“The Donald is not a plans guy,” Obama said. “Does anyone really believe that someone who spent 70 years on this earth with no regard for people can be your champion?”
He said Tim Kaine “will make Hillary a better president just like my friend Joe Biden has made me a better president.
“If you’re someone who is truly concerned about paying your bills.....then the choice isn’t even close,” he said.
“If you want someone with a lifelong track record … then you should vote for Hillary
“Hillary Clinton is respected around the world… people outside the Unites States don’t understand what is going on in this election. They really don’t. Because they know Hillary.”
“She is ready and fitting to be the next commander in chief … meanwhile, Donald Trump calls our military a disaster.”
Trump “cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein” and threatens to withdraw from NATO.
“America is already great. American is already strong. And I promise our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump. In fact it doesn’t depend on any one person … Ronald Reagan called our country a shining city on a hill. Donald Trump calls it a divided crime scene that only he can fix… he’s just offering slogans, and he’s offering fear.”
“We don’t look to be ruled. Our power comes from the declaration … that we, the people can form a more perfect union. That’s who we are.”
He said that’s how the U.S. broke from Britain, freed Europe in World War II, and won the vote for women.
“Hillary knows … most issues are rarely black and white. She understands that …. Democracy doesn’t work if we constantly demonize each other, and see ourselves in each other and fight for our principles but also fight for common ground.”
“It can be frustrating, this business of Democracy. Trust me, I know. Hillary knows, too. …. People are hurt by inaction. … but I promise you, when we keep at it, when we change enough minds … then progress does happen.”
Just ask those with health care today, he said, ask the Marine who doesn’t “have to hide the husband that he loves.”
“Democracy works, but we have to work it … we all have to be as supportive and consistent as Bernie Sanders supporters have been through this election … that’s right, feel ‘The Bern.’”
“Look, Hillary has got her share of critics. She has bene characeatured on the right, and by some on the left. She has bene accused of everything you can imagine and some things you cannot … she knows some times in those four years she made mistakes, just like I did and we all have. That’s what happens when you try … like Teddy Roosevelt said, those in the arena … Hillary Clinton has been in the arena for us.
“You can’t stay home just because we don’t align on every issue...You’ve got to get in the arena with her because Democracy isn’t a spectator sport. We’re going to carry Hillary to victory this fall because that’s what the moment demands.”
Obama talked of his grandparents who lived in Kansas for generations, “I don’t know if they had their birth certificates, but they were there,” he joked at Trump’s “birther” claims that Obama might not be a born American.
He talked of their values, “true things, things that last and things we try to teach our kids.
“And what my grandparents knew as these values weren’t limited to Kansas … my grandparents knew these values weren’t limited to one race.”
“They knew these values were what drew immigrants here and they believed the children of those immigrants were just as American as their own.”
“America has changed over the years, but these values that my grandparents taught me? They haven’t gone anywhere. They are still strong as ever … they live on in each of us.”
“That’s why anyone who threatens our values … will always fail in the end. That is America. That is America, those bonds of affection, that common creed. We don’t fear the future, we shape it, we embrace it as one people … that’s what Hillary Clinton understands, this fighter, this stateswoman… this patriot, that’s the America she’s fighting for.”
“And that is why I have confidence…. That the Democratic party is in good hands. My time in this office, hasn’t fixed everything … but I told Hillary and I’ll tell you what’s picked me up every single time, it’s been you, the American people.”
“You are the best organizers on the planet and I am so proud of all the change that you made possible. Time and again you’ve picked me up and I hope sometimes I’ve picked you up, too. Tonight I ask you … to carry her the same way you carried me. Because you are who I talked about 12 years ago when I talked about hope … the audacity of hope. America, you vindicated that hope these past eight years and now I am ready to pass the baton and … reject cynicism and reject fear and summon what is best in us .. and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation.
“Thank you for this incredible journey. Let’s keep it going.”
10:40 p.m. — Sharon Belkofer, mother of Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, speaks.
She related how she had met with Obama after her son’s death.
“As he was hugging me, I cried all over his suit,” she said. “So compassionate, I was so inspired. Maybe this sweet old lady could still make a difference.” She ran for school board.
She didn’t give up even when her back hurt, and she went on to win at the age of 73.
“No matter how busy, he has never forgotten this little old lady in Ohio,” she said.
“I wish every American could hug President Obama, so they could feel the good in his heart.”
10 p.m. — Democratic nominee for vice-president Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, speaks
“For every American who wants our country to be a beloved community … and for all of us who know that the brightest future for our country is the one we build together … I humbly accept my party’s nomination to be vice president of the United States,” Kaine said.
He said his son Nat, a Marine, deployed this week to protect the allies Trump wants to abandon.
“Can I be honest with you about something? I never expected to be here. But let me tell you how it happened.” He said his parents “taught me about kindness...and faith.”
He talked about his life as a civil rights lawyer and then as a local politician.
Kaine volunteered with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras after graduating from Harvard Law School. He said in Spanish: “Faith, family and work” and “We are all Americans.”
He said his father-in-law, a Republican, is voting for a lot of Democrats because “any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from his party of Lincoln.”
Kaine said as governor he had to guide Virginia through the Great Recession: “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”
He talked of the Virginia Tech massacre that killed 32 people.
“We shed tears … but afterward we rolled up our sleeves and fixed a loophole” in gun control laws. “We have to do that for the nation.”
Kaine gave a shoutout to a colleague in the Senate, Bernie Sanders.
“We all should feel the Bern and we all should not want to get burned by the other guy,” Kaine said.
He said Republican senators, when they think no one is listening, still talk about “how fantastic a senator that Senator Clinton was.”
“God has created in this country and beautiful and rich tapestry … when we embrace everybody and love… we are all neighbors, and we must love our neighbors as ourselves.”
“Do all the good you can and serve each other,” he said. That’s what he said Clinton, Sanders, Biden and Obama believe.
“Let’s talk about trust,” he said. “I want to tell you why I trust Hillary Clinton. First, she’s consistent. She has battled to put children first since a teenager.”
“When you want to know something about the character of somebody in public life, look to see if they had a passion long before they held public office and if they consistently held it … folks, Hillary has a passion for kids and families.”
“Donald Trump has a passion, too. It’s himself.”
He credited her for going “to the ends of the Earth” to kill Osama bin Laden.
“As he’s serving abroad, I trust Hillary with our son’s life,” Kaine said.
“You know who I don’t trust? I wonder? Donald Trump. Trump is a guy who promises a lot, but you might have noticed has a habit of saying the same two words, ‘Believe me.’”
Like, “there’s nothing suspicious in my tax returns, believe me.”
“Does anybody in this massive auditorium believe that Donald Trump has been his fair share of taxes? … hey, Donald, what are you hiding?”
“He never tells you how he’s going to do any of the things” he is going to do. “Here’s the question: do you believe them?”
The crowd said: “No.”
He criticized Trump for failing to detail his proposals, while Clinton has her detailed plans on her website.
“Not Donald Trump. He never tells you how he’s going to do any of the things he says he’s going to do. So here is the question: Do you really believe him?”
Kaine said small contractors lost money and their businesses when they believed Trump would build a casino and condominiums, but then the bailed.
“They got stiffed.”
“You cannot believe one word that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth. Not one word.”
Our nation is just too great to be put in the hands of a slick-promising … one-man wrecking crew.”
Kaine noted that Ohio Gov. John Kasich wouldn’t even enter the Republican National Convention in Cleveland because Trump is “such a moral disaster.”
9:30 p.m. — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks.
“Let me thank all of you” for allowing “an outsider” into the convention, said Bloomberg, an independent.
“I am here for one reason, to explain why I believe it is imperative that we elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.
“We must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue,” he said. “This is too important so sit out.”
“I built a business and I didn’t start it with a million dollar check from my father,” he said, in a shot to Trump.
He said he didn’t always agree with Clinton but she “always listened.”
“It is imperative that we elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States,” said Bloomberg, an independent and former three-term mayor of New York City.
“I’ve been a Democrat, I’ve been a Republican and I eventually became an independent because I don’t think either party has a monopoly on good ideas or leadership,” he said.
“I know what it’s like to have neither party completely represent my values,” he said.
He said the country needs “a problem solver, not a bomb thrower.”
He talked of how Clinton as senator worked to help New York City recover from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Bloomberg said most effective executives know they are only as good as their word, “Not Donald Trump.”
“Trump said he wants to run the nation like he’s running his business? God help us.
“I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one.”
Bloomberg said Trump wants to deport undocumented immigrants, but hires them.
“Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”
Bloomberg said even Trump’s plans for business would be “a disaster.”
“Trump is a risky, reckless and radical choice and we can’t afford to make that choice.”
“I know Hillary Clinton is not flawless, no candidate is, but she is the right choice … this is not reality television, this is reality.”
“I say to my fellow independents, your votes matter now … there is no doubt in my mind that Hillary Clinton is the right choice.”
“So tonight as an independent I ask you to join me … to elect a sane, competent person,” Bloomberg said.
9:05 p.m. — Vice President Joe Biden speaks after an introduction by his wife, Jill, and a video about his accomplishments.
Biden introduced President Barack Obama after entering to the “Rocky” theme as he jogged across the stage.
Obama “is the embodiment of honor, resolve and character, one of the finest presidents we have ever had. That’s right! This is a man of character,” Biden said,
“And Michelle, I don’t know where you are kid, but you are incredible,” he said, saying she gave the best speech of the convention in her address on Monday. “Barack and I married way up, way up.”
In 2008 and in 2012 his son, combat soldier Beau, entered Biden’s name into nomination. Beau died of cancer shortly afterward. But Biden said that kind of tragedy builds “the unbreakable spirit of America. That’s who we are. Don’t forget it.”
“I’ve known Hillary for well over 30 years,” he said. “We served together in the Unites States Senate …. Everybody knows she’s tough. Everybody knows that she’s smart. But I know what she’s passionate about.”
He then listed her priorities of making college affordable and to help people who once worried that cancer or a heart attack would devastate a family financially because of high health care costs.
“Let me say as clearly as I can … there is only one, only one person, in this election who will help you, only one person who has always been there for you…. It’s not just who she is, it’s her life story. She has always been there. And so has Tim Kaine.”
“That’s not Donald Trump’s story,” he said. “His cynicism is unbounded.” His catch phrase is, “You’re fired … how can there be pleasure in saying, ‘You’re fired.’ He says he cares about the middle class, give me a break. That’s a bunch of malarkey.”
“This guy doesn’t have a clue about the middle class, not a clue … actually he has no clue, period.”
“Let me talk about something that has nothing to do with politics … this is a complicated and uncertain world that we live in. The threats are too great, the times are too uncertain to let Donald Trump be president of the United States… no candidate of a major party has ever know less or known less about national security …it betrays our values.”
“Donald Trump … would literally make us less safe … a man who confuses bluster with strength.”
He said candidates have tried to get elected playing to fear before, but never succeeded.
“We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line.”
8: 50 p.m. — Leon Panetta, former congressman, CIA director and defense secretary speaks
“A president, a commander in chief, has no greater responsibility than the decision to send our troops in harm’s way,” said Panetta, secretary of defense under President Bill Clinton, and a big and early supporter of Sanders.
“There is only one candidate for president who has the experience, the temperament and judgement to be commander in chief and that is Hillary Clinton.”
“This is no time to gamble with our future. America faces flashpoints and threats from around the globe. We need a president who is strong, and smart and courageous who enters the Oval Office with the respect of our admirals and generals … and the trust of troops to know that she will have always have their back. That president is Hillary Clinton.”
“Donald Trump asks our troops to commit war crimes, endorses torture, spurns our allies.”
“Only today, Donald Trump again took Russia’s side ... Donald Trump who wants to be president of the United States is asking one of our adversaries to engage in hacking … to effect an election.”
“It is inconceivable to me that any candidate for president would be that irresponsible.”
“In an unstable world, we cannot afford unstable leadership … we cannot afford an erratic finger on our nuclear weapons.”
8:45 p.m. — Kristen Kavanaugh, former Marine Corps captain and Iraq veteran
“I trust Hillary Clinton to be commander in chief,” said Kavanaugh, who was deployed in Iraq. “She understands the importance of a strong military … I do not trust Donald Trump. Military is defined by discipline, leadership, integrity … those are the very qualities Donald Trump lacks.”
“His recklessness means more deployments for my friends … and more heroes never coming home,” she said. “He is defying the values we risk our lives to defend.”
“Our nation, our world, cannot afford for us to get this wrong.”
8: 40 p.m. — Former Rear Admiral John Hutson speaks.
Hutson took on Trump as the law-and-order candidate, saying he knows nothing about either.
Quoting Trump, he said, “He will order our troops to commit war crimes ... he actually said, ‘You have to take out their families,’” said Hutson, a former law school dean.
Hutson took issue with Trump’s disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s war record, where the Navy pilot spent years in a prisoner of war camp submitted to torture during the Vietnam War.
“Donald, you’re not fit to polish John McCain’s boots.”
“This very morning he personally invited Russia to hack us. That’s not law and order, that’s criminal intent,” the retired admiral said.
“She knows what makes us the envy of the world...our strength comes from who we are and who we have always been, our humanity....ISIS and other rdical groups has no humanity, that’s their weakness.”
“For them, victory is to make us more like them...Donald Trump is a walking, talking recruiting poster for terrorists and that’s not hyperbole.”
8:20 p.m. — Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords speaks.
Giffords, who was shot by a gunman in 2011, received a standing ovation.
“We have important work ahead of us, work that will determine the future of our country,” she said, speaking with difficulty from the effects of her wounds. “In Congress, I learned an important lesson: Strong women get things done.”
“Hillary is tough. Hillary is courageous. She will fight to make our families safer,” Giffords said.
“She will stand up to the gun lobby.”
“Speaking is difficult for me,” she said, adding that she looks forward to saying: “Madam president.”
8:15 p.m. — Mark Kelly, Navy veteran, father of two police officers and former NASA astronaut, husband of former congresswoman and shooting victim Gabby Giffords, speaks.
“At war and in space, I saw the awesome extent of America power and capability,” said Kelly. But he was frustrated at the inability to combat problems including global warming and the “gun violence that is tearing so many of our communities apart.”
“As president, she will do what is right for our nation, not what is politically expedient,” he said. “We are all stronger together.”
8:10 p.m. — Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, S.C.
“I have asked how was he able to purchase the gun he used to kill so many?” said Felicia Sanders.
“No one should feel what I’ve seen,” Sanders said. “No one should feel what I suffered.”
“The shooter had hate in his heart,” said Polly Sheppard. “Too much hate.”
She said with Clinton, “together we can fight for that change … together, we can love.”
“I choose love,” she said.
8:05 p.m — Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey speaks.
The former police officer called for support of Hillary Clinton’s gun control measures, including mandatory background checks for sales.
“We need more than grieving to protect our police officers,” said Ramsey. He called for more gun control to help stop gun violence that has taken the lives of private citizens and police officers.
“Now, more than ever, we need a strong, steady leader to stop the bloodshed,” he said. “To rebuild the bonds between police and communities. That’s why I’m with Hillary Clinton.”
8 p.m. — Erica Smegielski, whose mother, Dawn, was killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school attack in 2012.
The shooting massacre in Newton, Conn., was revived as a case for the gun control laws Hillary Clinton promises to enact.
“I realized my mom didn’t die, my mom was murdered,” said Erica Smegielski, daughter of Dawn Smegielski, 47, was the principal of Sandy Hook elementary school. “And that made me angry. And that made me act … [Clinton] isn’t scared of anything. There is finally someone who can change things.”
“I don’t want to be here tonight. I should be home ... with my mother,” she said. “But my mom was murdered … I’m here for those lives cut short.”
“What we need is another mother who is willing to do what’s right,” she said, referring to Clinton. “I would give every single day that I have left for just one more day with my mom.”
7:55 p.m. — Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy
“I am furious that three years after Sandy Hook,” said Murphy said, “the Republican Congress has done nothing to stop the next tragedy.”
“Hillary Clinton pledged to take Washington back from the gun lobby…. And Donald Trump, when he sees gun violence devastating our communities he sees it as an opportunity .... another opportunity to do the bidding of the gun lobby.”
“Smart gun policy like background checks and can make this country safer,” said Murphy, who led a 15-hour filibuster in the Senate to call for more gun laws.
“It is time to take Washington back form the gun lobby,” he said.
7:50 p.m. — Christine Leinonen, mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, who was killed in the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando in June.
Christine Leinonen is the mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, who was killed in the attack in Orlando in a club frequented by gays and transgender customers.
“Christopher was my only child,” said Christine Leinonen. “As I told him, you can’t do better than perfect,” she said.
He won an award in high school for starting a gay-straight alliance, an award named for Anne Frank.
“It was in his DNA that love always trumps hate,” she said, the crowd cheering.
“The weapon that murdered my son fires 30 rounds in one minute,” said the mother, a former Michigan state trooper. She said it took five minutes to honor their lives with a church bell.
“Where were the common-sense gun laws on the day he died?” she asked. “I never want you to ask that question. That’s why I support Hillary Clinton.”
She was joined by survivors of the Orlando attack, Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada.
7:45 p.m. — Director Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels, an African American film director, said his father was a police officer shot and killed in Philadephia, and who has spent time in jail.
“And still I rise,” he said. “Hillary knows me. She knows me.”
“Hillary understands our right to bear guns, but wants to stop guns from getting into the wrong hands,” he said. He said 90 people a day die of gun violence.
“Enough. We need to take action and we need to take action now. There is only one candidate willing to take on the gun lobby and keep our families safe,” he said.
He spoke to millennials, and said they have a choice in Clinton.
7:40 p.m. — California Jerry Brown speaks.
“Last week at the Republican convention for 76 long and painful minutes he conjured up a host of dark threats but never once mentioned the words climate change or global warning,” Brown said.
The GOP has fallen into “sheer ignorance and dark fantasy.”
Clinton will lead the “clean energy revolution.”
California has tough climate laws even as the economy is growing.
“Donald Trump and the climate deniers are dead wrong, dangerously wrong.”
Brown, a longtime environmentalist, ridiculed Trump for calling global warming and climate change “a hoax.”
“Trump says global warming is a hoax,” said Brown, a former candidate for president. “I say, Trump is a fraud. Trump says there is no drought in California. I say, Trump lies.”
“Combatting climate change, the existential threat of our time, will take a heroic effort on the part of many people,” Brown said, calling action “a moral imperative.”
“That’s why we need Hillary,” he said.
7:30 p.m. — Actress Sigourney Weaver introduces video on climate change.
Weaver spoke of the need to combat global warming, which Trump dismisses as an unproven threat. He supports greater use of fossil fuels, which are blamed for contributing to the planet’s rising temperature.
“This is a moment when we as a nation have to decide if we ignore the facts… or whether we will come together to do what’s right,” she said.
“Hillary Clinton? She gets it. She cares. She is committed,” Weaver said. “She understands taking a stand against climate change is not about politics. It is about our moral obligation to each other, and our children and the generations who will one day inherit this beautiful earth.
7:20 p.m. — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks.
O’Malley, who lost to Clinton in the primaries, backed his former foe and tore into Trump.
“I have competed against her and I am here to tell you Hillary Clinton is as tough as they come,” O’Malley said. “She will stand up to ISIS, she will stand up to the Russians
“I say, to hell with Trump’s American nightmare. We believe in the American dream,”
“Anger and fear had its time last week,” he said referring to the GOP convention. “It’s time to put a bully racist in his place and Hillary Clinton in the White House.”
7:15 p.m. — Jamie Dorf speaks. She is the wife of Patrick Dorf, an Army helicopter pilot who died while on a search and rescue mission in Iraq.
“In an instant, the life I knew was destroyed,” said Dorff, recalling the day her husband died in a crash in the line of duty. “The partner that I loved, my daughter’s father, was taken away forever. I never felt more scared or alone … but half a country away, a United States senator was looking out for me and countless others. Her name is Hillary Clinton.”
Clinton “has the gumption to get things done and that’s exactly what you want in a president.”
“She stood up for the principal that a person’s personal tragedy should not be a financial tragedy as well,” she said.
“Hillary Clinton has fought for families like mine,” she said.
“Hillary has always been with me in bad times and in worst, and that is why I am with her,” said Jamie Dorff.
6:55 p.m. — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid speaks.
“I spend a lot of time in the Republican Senate. So it’s nice to be in a room that respects reason and facts.”
“Donald Trump and Mike Spence want to put insurance companies back in charge....let banks run wild again...and gamble with your retirement benefit in the stock market....we won’t let them happen.”
He accused the GOP of insulting Latinos and Muslims, women and President Barack Obama. He called Trump an “egomaniac.”
Reid made a case for Hillary Clinton, but also made a pitch for electing a Democratic Congress to carry out her progressive agenda.
“Republicans want to tear down the pillars of the middle class,” Reid said. “We won’t let that happen.”
“They say they believe in ‘country first.’ What a joke,” Reid said. “Republicans who won’t stand up to Trump believe in one thing and one thing only: Party first.”
He called GOP nominee Donald Trump “the poster child of ‘Me First.’ ”
“Democrats know we win with an economy that works for everybody, with a strong, smart national security,” he said. “With Hillary in the White House, and majority in the Senate, Democrats will keep fighting … the good fight.”
6:30 p.m. — Flint Michigan Mayor Karen Weaver
“Hillary Clinton came to Flint and she would do whatever she could to help,” Weaver said, noting that Chelsea Clinton later came to Flint to help provide clean drinking water for residents.
6:20 p.m. — Video shown depicting Clinton’s role in addressing situation in Flint, Michigan, where the water supply was contaminated by lead.
6:10 p.m. — The Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader speaks
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a longtime leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, gave a rousing endorsement of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, but demanded that the voice of her liberal primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, not be forgotten.
“ ‘The Bern’ must never grow cold,” said Jackson, who was denied the Democratic nomination in 1984 and 1988.
“Let me congratulate Bernie Sanders for energizing this campaign,” Jackson said.
Then Jackson said African-Americans, Latinos, women and white progressives must support Clinton to “keep the dream alive,” which was his old campaign theme.
“In the storm of violent campaign rhetoric . . . there is a tug-of-war for America’s soul,” Jackson said. “Love must conquer ignorance and fear and violence.”
He said Clinton “knows our scars and suffering” of African-American youths shot by police, but also decried the sniper shooting of police officers in retaliation.
“This land is our land, we must all come together,” he said. “It’s healing time. It’s hope time. It’s Hillary time.
“Love must trump ignorance and fear and hatred and violence. . . . [we must] learn to live together as brothers and sisters.
“We brand her tested and trusted and tried,” he said of Clinton. “She will never forget our pain. She will never forget us.
“She knows our scars and our suffering, from Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown,” he said, noting her support of the assault weapons ban.
“Stop insulting Hispanics. Stop insulting Muslims now,” Jackson said of Trump.
“She’ll sustain that drive and keep the hope alive,” he said of Clinton continuing the accomplishments of Obama. “Now we’re beyond the primaries. . . . It’s Super Bowl time.”
If blacks and Hispanics vote in great numbers, progressive whites, women and children win, he said.
“This land is our land. We all come together, red and yellow, black and white. . . . It’s healing time, it’s hope time, it’s Hillary time.
“I know it gets dark sometime but the morning cometh. . . . It’s healing time, it’s hope time, it’s Hillary time,” he repeated, encouraging the audience to follow his chant.