HILLARY CLINTON AND RUNNING-MATE TIM KAINE TO APPEAR TOGETHER ON SATURDAY
by Sharon Rondeau
The “CEO” of the DNC is designated as Reverend Leah D. Daughtry.
The times and list of speakers have not yet been fully announced, according to the organization’s website, but on July 15, USA Today announced that “headlining speakers” had been scheduled, as shown on the DNC website. Those include Barack and Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton.
Michelle Obama appears to be kicking off the convention at 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
On Thursday, the DNC announced “additional speakers” to include California Gov. Jerry Brown, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a number of U.S. senators and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, among many others.
Guest speakers who are not politicians include advocates for the disabled; several individuals with disabilities, including a survivor with catastrophic burns sustained during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center; the daughter of the late principal of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, where a shooting killed the principal and 25 others, including 20 children; and average working Americans.
Mothers whose sons were killed in altercations with police or by others which reached the national spotlight will also speak.
Members of the committee who assembled the party’s platform and the candidate to whom they are pledged to vote at the convention are listed here and include Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
In formulating the platform, the DNC reported:
From taking on systemic racism to protecting women’s rights and making historic investments into good paying jobs, the draft 2016 Democratic platform represents the full diversity of the Democratic party. The platform reaffirms our commitment to not only find common ground, but to seek higher ground. It reflects hundreds of hours of deliberation, the testimony of 144 witnesses, thousands of comments from experts, elected officials, advocates, and everyday Americans, and issues championed throughout the primary process by both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders.
On Friday evening, presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton declared her vice-presidential choice as former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, currently a U.S. Senator. According to ABC News, Kaine has described himself as “boring,” an assessment with which others appear to agree.
Kaine was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Like Clinton, he is an attorney and self-described advocate of “affordable health care access.”
The DNC platform, described by NBC News and the party as “the most progressive platform in party history,” can be read in its entirety here. The announcement of the platform can also be read in Spanish.
As Republican nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, did last Saturday, Clinton and Kaine will appear together for the first time this afternoon at a campaign event in Florida International University in Miami. “He’s never lost an election,” Clinton said on Friday of her newly-declared running mate.
Kaine has served as a councilman, mayor, governor and U.S. Senator. According to VOA News, he “observed poverty up close up in Central America and saw what it can do to the human spirit. His time there is said to have helped form his support for citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States — a stance likely to attract Latino voters.”
Kaine speaks Spanish fluently as a result of time he spent as a missionary in Central America and advocated for the “Gang of Eight” “immigration reform” bill passed by the U.S. Senate in 2013 but not advanced in the House of Representatives. As a result, in November 2014, Barack Obama declared “executive actions” to allow millions of illegal aliens to remain in the country under certain conditions. The federal courts, however, have ruled the actions unconstitutional, with the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the lower courts’ rulings last month by failing to render an opinion. The Obama regime has asked the high court to review the case.
Of Donald Trump’s characterization of the U.S. military as having become “a disaster,” Kaine said, “I want to go through the screen and shake the guy.”
On Friday, a “PoliticalFest” opened in Philadelphia for those interested in the city’s landmarks, history, and politics in conjunction with the convention.
PoliticalFest runs through Wednesday, the third day of the convention, and its events are open between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT. Tickets are $15.00 for adults; $5.00 for children up to and including age 18, college students and seniors 65 years of age or older; and veterans and “credentialed Convention attendees” can attend free of charge.
Various points of interest on the PolitcalFest map include restaurants, a store featuring “patriotic garb,” the Schuylkill River Trail, and the home of Betsy Ross, who sewed the first American flag.
Other DNC-recommended Philadelphia landmarks include the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence; Carpenters’ Hall, where the First Continental Congress met in 1774; and the National Constitution Center.
Employees at the Philadelphia International Airport may begin a strike next week.
The Associated Press notes that Philadelphia has seen its share of political corruption over more than four decades.