As a strong nod to her second place finish in the delegate count, the Obama campaign announced today that Hillary Clinton will be headlining the second night of the Democratic convention.
Story from Yahoo News:
HONOLULU – Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline her own night at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama’s campaign announced Sunday in a nod to her strong second-place showing in the party’s presidential primary.
The former first lady will speak on the second night, Tuesday, Aug. 26 â€” the 88th anniversary of the women’s right to vote. The campaign and convention committee in a statement called her “a champion for working families and one of the most effective and empathetic voices in the country today.”
The Obama campaign is trying to avoid hard feelings among Clinton’s supporters at their carefully orchestrated convention. But they still haven’t reached a deal on whether Clinton will be included in the roll call vote for the nomination, which could make the party appear divided heading into the final stretch of the White House race.
The campaign said Obama’s wife, Michelle, is slated to headline the opening night on Aug. 25. The high-profile appearance at the kickoff is a chance for the potential first lady, who has been attacked by critics, to get more positive exposure. She can also help explain her husband to voters in the most personal terms.
“As the person who knows him best, Michelle will talk about the Barack Obama she knows and loves, the values that drive him, and why she believes he’ll be an extraordinary president,” said Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, Stephanie Cutter.
The yet-to-be-named vice presidential pick will speak on the third night, as is the tradition. Democratic officials say Bill Clinton is also scheduled to speak that night, but only the headliners were listed in Sunday’s official announcement, made while Obama was vacationing in his native state of Hawaii.
The former president plans to be in the audience Tuesday to watch his wife’s speech. Democratic officials say she has not decided who will introduce her, but one option is her daughter, Chelsea.
Chelsea is probably a good pick as I doubt they will be giving Bill Clinton much face time. I also think it’s interesting to note that Hillary will be speaking on the second night so as to not blur into Obama’s acceptance speech on the final night.