Unlike “Rocky” the movie, the DNC is starting it’s convention embroiled in controversy. The DNC hopes the “City Of Brotherly Love” brings unity to the party following the leak of emails between the party leaders.
During the campaigns, Bernie Sanders and his supporters claimed the DNC leadership were favoring rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders had called for the ouster of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Over the weekend Sanders was proven correct and his wish was granted.
The leak of 19,000 DNC emails showed favoritism for Hillary Clinton. Sunday, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she was resigning at the end of the convention. Wasserman-Schultz was scheduled to open the convention tonight. We’ll see if that happens.
Early Monday, the DNC announced the opening speaker would be Elizabeth Warren, who some had thought would be Hillary Clintons running mate.
The LA Times reports:
Democrats are kicking off their convention with a primetime lineup of some of the party’s biggest names. At least the biggest names who haven’t served in the Oval Office.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who provided a quick endorsement of Hillary Clinton after she clinched the nomination in June, has been designated as the convention’s keynote speaker, the Clinton campaign announced Monday.
The Massachusetts senator will address delegates here in Philadelphia just before Bernie Sanders, providing a powerful back-to-back dose of the party’s best known progressive forces.
First up, in the 9 p.m. Eastern hour, will be Sen. Cory Booker, the popular New Jersey senator and social media denizen.
First Lady Michelle Obama will speak next, leading up to Warren.
Sanders is scheduled to address the convention tonight. His comments will likely talk about the DNC leadership. Will he convince his supporters to back Hillary? Only time will tell. Yesterday, about 1,000 Sanders supporters peacefully protested outside the Wells Fargo Center where the convention is being held. The email leaks only fueled their anti-Hillary Clinton voices.
First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to follow Sanders. It’s not known if Mrs Obama will comment about the plagiarism scandal that rocked the RNC last week.
Former President Bill Clinton is the keynote speaker on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama along with Vice President Joe Biden will address the convention. Former NYC Mayor Micheal Bloomberg, is also scheduled to speak, His comments will likely cover his dislike for Donald Trump.
The New York Times reported:
Michael R. Bloomberg, who bypassed his own run for the presidency this election cycle, will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention and make the case for Mrs. Clinton as the best choice for moderate voters in 2016, an adviser to Mr. Bloomberg said.
The news is an unexpected move from Mr. Bloomberg, who has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000; was elected the mayor of New York City as a Republican; and later became an independent.
But it reflects Mr. Bloomberg’s increasing dismay about the rise of Donald J. Trump and a determination to see that the Republican nominee is defeated.
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