DNC Convention: Speaker List and Schedule Released

Democratic Convention: Headlining Speaker List And Schedule Released

A partial speaker list and schedule for the Democratic convention has been released, and it’s a who’s who of the Democratic Party. CNN reports that the President and First Lady, Bernie Sanders, and of course Bill Clinton will be speaking at the four-day convention that kicks off July 25 in Philadelphia.

The theme for opening night of the Democratic convention will be “United Together” and the big names getting things started include First Lady Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, and immigration activist Astrid Silva. According to the official press release regarding the convention line-up, the first night will focus on “putting the future of American families front and center and how we’re stronger together when we build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”

The theme for night two is “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families” and will see former President Bill Clinton starting things off, followed by the Mothers of the Movement, which is a group that is comprised primarily of mothers who have lost children due to gun and/or police violence.

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The Mothers of the Movement with Hillary Clinton [Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images]

The mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Dontre Hamilton, Jordan Davis, Michael Brown, Hadiya Pendleton, and Sandra Brown are all listed as speakers. This is not the first time the Mothers of the Movement have come out in support of Hillary Clinton. The group officially endorsed her in March 2016 and released a video explaining why.

The theme for day three of the Democratic convention is “Working Together,” and the speakers will include President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The focus of the day will be about how Ms. Clinton “has the experience and steadiness to bring people together to tackle the big challenges and get real results.”

The final day of the convention will see Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea speak, and of course, Secretary Clinton will be speaking. According to Mic, the announcement regarding Clinton’s running mate will be made prior to the Democratic convention and that person will have a primetime speaking spot as well.

One name that is noticeably absent from the speaker’s list for the Democratic convention is Elizabeth Warren, who has been hitting the campaign trail hard for Clinton. Her name being left off the preliminary list of speakers is leading to speculation on social media that this is a sign that Warren will be Clinton’s running mate. Of course, it’s entirely possible that Warren is not the VP pick and will still speak, but time will tell.

According to ABC News, in addition to the information released about the Democratic convention, Clinton’s campaign also announced that they will be teaming up with the Democratic National Committee and sending a team to Cleveland to essentially troll the Republican convention. Calling the counter-convention “Better Than This,” a full staff of Democrats will be conducting daily press conferences less than a mile from the Republican convention, and will be hitting back at the attacks the Republicans will be unleashing.

Using the hashtag #betterthanthis, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and a number of high-profile Democrats including Sen. Al Franken, former Ohio governor Ted Strickland, Rep. Joe Crowley, and former senior economic policy adviser to President Obama Austan Goolsbee will be fact-checking everything said at the RNC and calling out any lies or misrepresentations.

Clinton’s campaign has already begun hitting Donald Trump’s VP pick Mike Pence with a series of attacks. It is expected that Mrs. Clinton will be announcing her running mate during the RNC, which will no doubt steal a bit of Trump’s thunder, but will also help build momentum heading into the Democratic convention, which kicks off on July 25 in Philadelphia. The Republican convention begins July 18 in Cleveland.

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