DNC Night 1 - Sen. Cory Booker; Actress Eva Longoria

Actress Eva Longoria said she's ninth-generation American, that  she lived in South Texas and her family was there before it was Texas.

She blasted Donald Trump for his comments on Mexican, saying her father was a U.S. Veteran. She mentioned her disabled sister and his Trump's insensitive comments.

She then introduced New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.

Booker was the first speaker of the night to receive chant from the crowd, he had a fiery delivery and a rousing finish that received a standing ovation, which pundits praised as being worthy of the keynote and reminded others of Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 DNC, which began his political rise to the presidency.

Booker said the Founding Fathers gathered in Philadelphia 240 years ago to form a great nation, and they return here to continue it. And to do that they put forward Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

"Looking back to our history, our Founding Fathers' put down documents that were genius. That doesn't mean they were perfect."

Booker mentioned references to what was at the time normal but now bigoted. He said he fact this country wasn't perfect and isn't perfect is one reason the country is able to be great, because each generation has continued the tradition of the Founding Fathers.

"They knew if this country was to survive and thrive, we had to make an extraordinary togetherness. Rugged individualism didn't get us to the moon."

"Patriotism is loving your country, but you can't love your country without loving your countrymen."

Booker said tolerance isn't the right way forward - it means you would get along fine whether you were here or not, but what we need is love.

Booker quoted one of his favorite African sayings: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

He blasted Trump for his comments  and for dragging down the national conversation. He hit him for his comments on John McCain and POWs.

"Trump speaks about women like he would never accept people speaking about his daughters or his wife."

Booker said Trump has a history of stiffing contracts and hurting small businesses he has worked with.

"In America, at our best, we stand up to those who are bullies. At times of crisis, we don't abandon our values - we double-down on them."

"We have a candidate that knows our greatness isn't measured in millionaires and billionaires. That having all Americans  making a living wage is better for America as a whole."

"Hillary Clinton knows paid family leave has to happen. Because it aids in the family which is the building block of our nation."

"We are not a zero-sum nation - it's you and I, we're interdependent."

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.

About the Author