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DNC Night 1 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; Sen. Al Franken;

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand focused her speech on the changing dynamics off the American family. She said the government is stuck in the "Mad Men era" and the U.S. needs to join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid maternity leave for all families.

Gillibrand, who won Clinton's senate seat in 2008, pushed Clinton as a workplace reformer, and would bring them "out of the dark ages."

"Hillary Clinton's life work has been defined by one question. How can we help those who need it the most? Donald Trump has been propelled by a different question: What do I need?"

She said Trump believes American wages are too high. She knocked Trump for saying if women want to make the same as men, they should work harder.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken followed Gillibrand, and announced himself as a Senator and "world renowned expert in right-wing megalomania studies." He went into a comedy speech about graduating from Trump University which led to him emptying his 401K.

"You learn from success experts like Scott Baio ... and a cutout of Donald Trump. It wouldn't be Trump University without its business school, and its most popular course - How to Leave Your Partners Holding the Bag - is taught by the cutout itself."

He said Trump U's library is on a shelf by the door on the third floor.

"In all seriousness, instead of voting for someone who has never done a thing  for someone else, why don't we vote for a candidate for someone who has worked for the American people?"

"I've known Hillary almost a quarter century. I've never  met anyone smarter,  tougher ... I can't wait to call her Madame President."

Franken said they will have a lot of fun this week but as of Friday it's time to get to work and everyone is needed. He pointed out the Minnesota delegation, said he only won his race by 312 votes, and if it wasn't for "those people, I would be giving this speech to my mirror."

"Paul Wellstone said life is about passion and working hard. This week is about passion but as of Friday morning, it's about hard work."

Franken delved deeper into his comedy history, giving a segment talking about getting out and working to get Clinton elected:

"Many of you have jobs and families - ignore them. Kids love it when you aren't home. An 8-year-old kid can work a microwave oven, and it's a scientific fact they can teach a 4 year old how to work a microwave oven. Go out and go door to door, and tell them Al Franken sent you."

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