What to Watch on Day 3 of the Democratic Convention
Obama, Biden set to speak to Clinton's bona fides to lead
The heavy-hitters of the Democratic party will talk about how Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to be our next commander-in-chief and how a Donald Trump presidency is a danger to our national security.
National security will be a big theme during the third night of the Democratic National Convention with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg speaking to outline how Clinton is best prepared to handle America’s national security. There will be military personnel who will speak to help back up the defense of Clinton.
Sen. Tim Kaine will also be highlighting this when he speaks on Wednesday night and highlighting why he got into public life.
Jake Sullivan, who is a foreign policy adviser with the Clinton campaign said that “We will hear about trump’s bizarre and obsequious fascination with dictators.”
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will take the stage with her husband, Mark Kelly, to call for tougher gun control measures. The Arizona Democrat became one of the strongest advocates for tougher gun safety laws after she was shot in the head at an event in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011.
Obama will make the case that his once presidential rival and secretary of State is the best person to lead this country. He publicly stayed out of the primary this year and only endorsed Hillary Clinton once it was clear she would win enough delegates to become the nominee over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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Obama is said to see electing Clinton as an extension of his presidency and the best way to cement his legacy. As far as the alternative goes, when asked if he was “worried” about Republican nominee Donald Trump, Obama told NBC’s “Today” show, “I’ve seen all kinds of crazy stuff happen.”
Biden also ran against Clinton and Obama in 2008 and did consider running in 2016. But last fall , he decided that his window to run had closed. He officially endorsed Clinton in June.
The vice president told ABC on Tuesday that he that he thought the party was unified behind Clinton after primary rival Sanders threw his support behind her. Asked about bitter Sanders supporters voting for Trump, Biden had a message for them: “If you’re as moral and centered as you say you are, I know you can’t vote for Trump. I know.”
Michael Bloomberg will also be speaking tonight. The former New York mayor had considered mounting an independent bid in 2016 but decided against it because he said he could not get the necessary 270 electoral votes.
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will speak about race relations when he addresses the convention. Abdul-Jabbar converted to Islam in 1971 , changing his name from Lew Alcindor.
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