What to Expect from the Democratic National Convention This Week


Tonight, the Democratic National Convention opens their big meeting in Philadelphia. The nation’s attention will shift from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton. Clinton will make history as the first female to be nominated for president by a major political party. As with the Republican Convention last week, we will cover the events and highlights in this week’s Rushmore Report, which will be sent out early Friday morning, just hours after Mrs. Clinton’s big speech.

So what can we expect this week?

1. Star power speakers

The Democrats always bring out the big guns. Speakers will include Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders. Add in Elizabeth Warren, Tim Kaine, Cory Booker, Al Franken, Harry Reed, Bill de Blasio, and Nancy Pelosi, and you have the “Who’s Who of the Democratic Party.”

2. Black Lives Matter

When Bill Clinton speaks, he will be joined by Mothers of the Movement, which includes the mothers of black men and women who have been killed by gun violence or in police custody. Philadelphia’s police union has slammed the move. Stay tuned . . .

3. Plenty of Trump bashing

If the Democrats planned on keeping things positive, that probably flew out the window in light of the Republican Convention proceedings last week. Expect speakers to mock everything from Trump’s complexion and hand size to Trump University and his lack of policy experience. Just for fun, watch out for Trump’s moment-by-moment response on Twitter.

4. Big ratings

Trump’s speech got the biggest ratings in decades. But the Democrats can expect a big crowd, as well. While falling short of the RNC numbers, there should be about 25 million watching Mrs. Clinton’s historic speech.

5. What to expect day-by-day

Monday will feature Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders. Tuesday will bring Bill Clinton to the mic. Wednesday will present Joe Biden and President Obama. Thursday will conclude with Mrs. Clinton, introduced by daughter Chelsea.


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