The first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention began from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia around 4 p.m. Monday and wrapped around 11:30 p.m.
Speaking tonight were Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy and others.
Ohio Delegate Reaction:
Marcia Knox, Regional Director, AFSCME Council 8 of Dayton: “Michelle hit it out the ball park, her words were very inspiring and you could feel how much she trusts Hillary Clinton to be the next President. Elizabeth Warren took us to school and it was a great lesson. Bernie said he is looking forward to roll call vote. But said great things about Hillary.”
Sanders said the Democratic platform is the most progressive in the party’s history.
“Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen,” Sanders said.
Sanders said he supports Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight,” said Sanders.
“In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up,” Sanders said. “While Donald Trump is busy insulting one group after another, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.”
“Hillary Clinton wants to see that all Americans have the right to choose a public option in their health care exchange,” Sanders said.
He scalded Trump for his position on health care.
“He wants to abolish the Affordable Care Act, throw 20 million people off of the health insurance they currently have and cut Medicaid for lower-income Americans,” Sanders said.
Sanders said this election is about young people he said “left college deeply in debt.”
Sanders said Trump doesn’t want to raise the minimum wage.
“While Donald Trump believes in huge tax breaks for billionaires, he believes that states should actually have the right to lower the minimum wage below $7.25,” Sanders said.
Sanders allso touched on the Supreme Court.
“If you don’t believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country,” Sanders said.
“Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” Sanders said.
“This election is not about, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders or any of the other candidates who sought the presidency,” Sanders said. “This election is not about political gossip. It’s not about polls. It’s not about campaign strategy. It’s not about fundraising. It’s not about all the things the media spends so much time discussing.”
“This election is about – and must be about – the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren,” Sanders said.
Bernie Sanders has taken the stage at the convention.
Sanders thanked the 2.5 million Americans he said helped fund his campaign with an “unprecedented eight million individual campaign contributions.”
He also thanked the people of Vermont, who he said supported him as mayor, congressman, senator and presidential candidate.
“I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process,” Sanders said. “I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren has taken the stage.
‘We’re here today, because our choice is Hillary Clinton,” Warren said. “I’m with Hillary.”
Warren said America is a country of opportunity.
“I’m worried…worried that opportunity is slipping away,” Warren said.
Warren said America’s economy is doing well.
Warren said Washington D.C. becomes gridlock when you try to fight for something for the every day American.
Washington doesn’t work for the little guy, Warren said, but “When enormous banks wanted regulations lifted, Washington got it done.”
Warren asked the convention why they would root for Donald Trump.
She said Trump “must never be President of the United States. Never.”
Warren ripped Trump’s speech at the RNC last week saying he didn’t offer any ideas.
“When we turn on each other, we can’t unite to fight back against a rigged system,” Warren said.
Warren said we are not going to be Donald Trump’s “hate-filled” America.
Congressman Joseph Kennedy is introducing Elizabeth Warren.
Butler County Democratic Party Chairwoman Jocelyn Bucaro, a Clinton delegate, said, “Michelle Obama just inspired not just this room but I expect every mother tucking their children into bed right now. This election will shape our children’s lives and the choice we make in November will have a profound effect on them.”
First Lady Michelle Obama has taken the stage at tonight’s convention.
Obama spoke about her time in the White House with her daughters.
“I realized the time in the White House would form the foundation of who they would become,” Obama said.
We urged them to ignore those who challenged their father’s citizenship or faith.
“When they go low, we go high,” Obama said, referring to what she tells her daughters about bullying.
Obama said in this election it’s about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four to eight years.
“In this election there is only one person I trust,” Obama said. “And that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”
“I trust Hillary to run this country,” She said.
Obama praised Clinton for what she’s done for the nation’s children.
“What I admire most about Hillary is she never buckles under pressure,” Obama said.
Obama said America is the greatest country on earth.
Obama said Democrats need to get out and get every vote.
“Let’s get to work,” Obama said.
Booker ended his speech saying, “We will rise.”
Sen. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, has taken the stage.
He said the Democratic party has put forward two great nominees in Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
“Every generation has successfully labored to make us a more perfect union,” Booker said. “Today no matter who you are … you are entitled to the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship.”
Booker said we need to be there for each other.
“We can’t devolve into a nation where our highest aspiration is that we just tolerate each other,” Booker said.
Booker said he supports Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary knows when workers make a fair wage, it doesn’t just help their families, it builds a stronger, more durable economy that expands our opportunity and makes all Americans wealthier,” Booker said.
Actress Eva Longoria has taken the stage.
Longoria talked about immigration in the United States.
“I’m a ninth generation American from a small town in Texas. And if you know your history, Texas used to be a part of Mexico,” Longoria said. “My family never crossed a border. The border crossed us.”
“Hillary’s been fighting for us for decades. Now it’s time to fight for her.”
Longoria introduced Sen. Cory Booker.
Comedian Sarah Silverman has taken the stage.
Silverman said she supports Bernie Sanders.
“I support Bernie Sanders and the movement behind them. He succeeded in so many ways,” Silverman said.
Silverman said the Democratic primary was unlike the Republican primary with no name calling.
“Hillary is our Democratic nominee and I will proudly vote for her,” Silverman said, as Sanders supporters booed in the crowd.
Anastasia Somoza, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic qudriplegia, has taken the stage.
Somoza said Hillary Clinton has been a friend and mentor.
“She has never lost touch with people like me,” Somoza said. “Hillary Clinton sees me.”
She said Donald Trump has hate in his heart.
Somoza said Trump does not speak for her.
Somoza spoke about education opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Senator Al Franken has taken the stage.
Franken said he is the “world renowned expert on right wing megalomaniacs.”
He rips Trump University.
Franken said we should go with a candidate that has worked her entire life to get important things for American people.
“I’ve never meant anyone smarter, tougher or more ready to lead us forward,” he said of Hillary Clinton. “I can’t wait to call her madam president.”
He said come Friday, after the convention has ended it will be about “hard work.”
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has taken the stage.
She talked about being a mother and families in the U.S.
“When families are strong, America is a strong,” Gillibrand said. “Hillary Clinton gets it.”
As President Gillibrand said Clinton will bring our work policies “out of the dark ages.”
“Donald Trump says when it comes to paid family leave, ‘you have to be careful of it,’” Gillibrand said. “Hillary knows that it’s long past time for guaranteed paid family leave.”
Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney has taken the stage.
“The last thing Ohioans need is a president who has crushed small businesses by not paying them for the work they did,” Feeney said. “The last thing Ohio needs is Donald Trump.
Feeney said mayors from small towns need a president who will be a friend to small businesses.
“That’s why we’re with her,” Feeney said. “We’re with her because she’s with us.”
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has taken the stage.
Casey said Clinton will work every day to build an economy for every one.
He rips Trump for where his products are made and his outsourcing.
He says Clinton will put forward the largest investment in “good-paying” jobs since World War II.
The senator said Trump is only out for himself.
State Sen. Pat Spearman from Nevada has taken the stage.
Spearman said Trump wants to overturn marriage equality.
She also said Gov. Pence used religion as a weapon to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.
“As a lesbian that hurts me,” Spearman said. “As a person of faith, that offends me.”
“They fear diversity,” she said of Trump and Pence.
She asked democrats if they are going to retreat and the people in the crowd replied “no.”
“This election, make no mistake about it, won’t be easy,” Spearman said.
Jesse Lipson, corporate vice president of Citrix Systems, is now speaking.
“Hillary Clinton must be our next president,” Lipson said. “Hillary offers real solutions.”
He tells Donald Trump that “Nothing scares away investment like hate.”
Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez is now speaking.
Gutierrez promises to raise his voice against Donald Trump.
“I’ll raise my voice against a bully who calls hardworking immigrants criminals and rapists,” Gutierrez said.
He said with Clinton as President immigrants will come out of the shadows.
He also said women deserve equal pay for equal work in the United States.
Karla Ortiz has taken the stage. Ortiz is an American citizen, but her parents are in documented and live in fear of deportation.
“On most days I’m scared that at any moment my mom and my dad will be forced to leave,” Ortiz said. “I want to grow up to be a lawyer so I can help other families.
Ortiz said Clinton told her “she wants me to have the worries of an 11-year-old, not the weight of the world on my shoulders.”
Singer Demi Lovato has taken the stage in support of Hillary Clinton performing at the arena.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has taken the stage.
“We will win this fight together,” Shaheen said.
Shaheen said the opiod and heroin epidemic is sweeping the country.
“Entire communities are being devastated,” she said.
She said during Clinton’s campaign that Clinton listened to her state about the issue.
Shaheen said that Clinton has a plan to combat the drug issues around the country.
She said Donald Trump doesn’t have a plan to fight the problem.
“How can Trump represent America when he doesn’t take the time to know America,” Shaheen said. “We need President Hillary Clinton.”
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers President, has taken the stage at the convention.
Weingarten said Trump’s ideas will make the upper class richer at the expense of the middle class.
Weingarten slammed Trump University.
“We saw a festival of fear,” Weingarten said, referring to the Republican National Convention.
Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions, has taken the stage.
McGarvey said Clinton and Kaine have the support of American iron workers.
Lily Eskelsen Garcia is speaking at the convention.
“Educators should not be concerned with deportation, but education,” Garcia said.
Mary Kay Henry, international president of Service Employees International Union, is speaking and is calling for a rise in the federal minimum wage.
“We must elect Hillary Clinton,” Henry said. “I believe that we can win. Do you?”
Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO, has taken the stage and is calling out Donald Trump for his business decisions.
“He is the problem,” Trumka said.
Trumka said in this election that Hillary Clinton is fighting to rewrite the economic rules for all Americans.
He said she will protect workplace rights and fight for equal pay for equal work.
“Let’s elect Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States,” Trumka said.
California Rep. Linda Sanchez has taken the stage at tonight’s convention session.
Sanchez called out Donald Trump for wanting to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.
Sanchez said Trump has “taken the low road time and time again.”
She said Trump is dividing the country.
“Our children are watching us. Their future depends on the results of this race,” Sanchez said.
“Hillary Clinton is our only choice for President,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said America already is great.
John Podesta, Hillary Clinton campaign chair, has taken the stage.
Podesta said that Donald Trump is too divisive.
“I’m working to elect a President that has the experience,” Podesta said. “That person is Hillary Clinton.
Podesta said Clinton will bring results.
“With your hard work we can build a better future for everyone,” Podesta said.
Rev. Leah Daughtry has taken the stage.
“We represent all the people,” Daughtry said.
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy has taken the stage.
Gov. Malloy is talking about how at one time he was thought to be “mentally retarded.” Teachers, parents and community helped him achieve what he has achieved.
Malloy said Donald Trump is a bully and said we must stand up to them. He lists bills GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence passed in Indiana that were harmful to certain groups.
Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, has taken the stage.
Kenney is calling for the country to come together.
Kenney is urging voters to cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton in November.
Tina Kotek, Oregon state representative, has taken the stage.
Kotek said we need to elect Hillary Clinton to “our progress” isn’t compromised.
She said Clinton offers real solutions that puts working families first.
Adriano Espaillat, New York State Senator, has taken the stage.
“I will be the first member of Congress that has been undocumented,” Espaillat said.
The senator urged voters to elect Hillary Clinton.
Rep. Nita Lowey, of New York, has taken the stage and said it’s an honor to stand before the convention to help nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate for President.
“Hillary doesn’t just fight the tough battles, Hillary wins them,” Lowey said.
Lowey praised Clinton’s actions following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
“Hillary represented the diverse needs of the entire state of New York,” Lowey said.
Lowey also praised Clinton’s work outside of the state of New York.
“Hillary has devoted her life and career to public service and strengthening America’s middle class,” Lowey said.
Lowey was joined on stage by other New Yorkers on stage.
Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania is now speaking.
Boyle asks why we should elect Donald Trump, “when he doesn’t believe in America.”
Boyle urges Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton as President.
U.S. Rep. Robert Brady has taken the stage.
He thanks veterans, and pledges that the ones who did not come home from war will be remembered.
He also asked the delegation to stand for a moment of silence in remembrance of POW/MIAs
Ben Jealous, former NAACP President, has taken the stage.
Jealous says the Democratic platform for the 2016 election is the most progressive the party has ever presented.
Jealous urged voters to “join us at the ballot box” to vote in favor of items included in the Democratic platform.
“We are the party of FDR, JFK, MLK…,” Jealous said.
Jealous said electing Hillary Clinton will bring a better America for “all our daughters and sons.”
Paul Booth, of the Democratic National Committee, has taken to the stage and is focusing on trade and labor.
“We offer plans, not empty promises,” Booth said.
He said electing Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will help carry out those plans.
“The Republican platform would not make America great. The Republican platform would pull the rug right out from under us,” Booth said.
“The solutions Americans want and need are in this platform,” Booth said, referring to the Democrats’ platform.
Shirley Franklin, Democratic National Committee Platform Co-Chair, has taken the stage.
Franklin said the country is stronger together.
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings has taken the stage.
Cummings said its the Democratic party that fights for women’s rights, gay rights and LBGTQ rights and understands Black Lives Matters.
He said law enforcement and communities work best when they work together.
“That’s why ours is a party of unity and not division,” Cummings said.
“This election is bigger than Hillary Clinton. This election is bigger than Bernie Sanders. This election is bigger than all of us,” Cummings said.
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland has taken the stage and is the parliamentarian for the convention.
“We’re here to nominate Hillary Clinton,” Hoyer said.
Hoyer said since the Republican party took control of the House of Representatives in 2012, their message has been, “You’re on your own.”
Rep. Diane Russell of Maine has taken the stage and is addressing the procedures for nominating the Democratic candidate for President.
Russell said there is work being done to make the nominating process more fair.
She said the plan will reduce super delegates by a whole two-thirds.
Russell, a Bernie Sanders supporter, said “We did not win this by selling our. We won this by standing up.”
Russell said she stands with her “Democratic family” to make sure they win this fall.
“We are all in this together and we will all have a voice in the Clinton administration,” Russell said.
Russell said a Donald Trump presidency will hurt “our people.”
She said she will always stand with Bernie Sanders and will do what she needs to in the fall to ensure Hillary Clinton wins the election.
Wellington Webb, former Mayor of Denver, has taken the stage.
“Let’s show Donald Trump that we can work together,” Webb said, addressing the competing boos and cheers at today’s event.
Webb asked attendees to cheer both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders when they take the stage at the convention.
Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has taken the stage at the Democratic National Convention this afternoon.
Fudge has been named the permanent chair of the DNC.
“I am honored to accept this gavel as permanent chair of the Democratic National Convention,” Fudge said.
“I’m excited to put Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in the White House,” she said.
Boos from some delegates filled the arena for the second time, along with chants of “Bernie.”
“Hillary Clinton was born for such a time as this,” Fudge said, after listing several issues she said the United States is facing.
“Clinton and Tim Kaine want to build an economy for everyone, not just those at the top,” the congresswoman said.
Fudge, after facing boos, cheers and yelling from the crowd, said “excuse me” to try and gain order over the convention.
“We’re going to do everything we can to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine,” Fudge said. “Hillary Clinton, this is your time. This is our time.”
Ruby Gilliam, 93, the oldest delegate at the convention and whose daughter lives in Moraine, has led the convention in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has gaveled in the first day of the Democratic National Convention from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It followed a performance by The Mother Bethel AME choir from Philadelphia.
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