Day 2: The Democratic National Convention (Update)

Tonight the big headliner will be Hillary Clinton with a prime time speaking spot. Chelsea Clinton will be narrating a tribute to her mother prior to her speech. As such, Hillary Clinton supporters will be present this evening cheering on their candidate, it will be interesting to watch.

A video report from ABC News:

Another report from the Washington Post:

DENVER Aug. 26 — A day after opening their national convention with tributes from Sen. Barack Obama’s wife and one of his strongest supporters, Democrats Tuesday turned to their presidential candidate’s former leading rival in an effort to unite the party for its fall battle against Republican Sen. John McCain.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), the former presidential front-runner who was beaten out by Obama in this year’s primaries and caucuses, takes center stage Tuesday night for a prime-time convention speech that analysts expect to feature strong attacks on McCain and the Bush administration.

With some delegates looking for more of a “red-meat” approach after Monday night’s family-themed speech by Michelle Obama and an emotional address by an ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), the task of sharpening the Democrats’ attacks on the GOP appeared to be falling to Clinton, especially after McCain (Ariz.) began using Clinton’s own words in political ads criticizing Obama.

Clinton has been publicly urging supporters to throw their full support to Obama and has denounced McCain’s attempts to drive a wedge between them. That Republican effort continued with a new McCain ad that uses Clinton’s words about her rival during her primary campaign in an ad about a 3 a.m. phone call: “I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.” A narrator in the McCain ad continues: “Hillary’s right. John McCain for president.”

In her speech Tuesday night, Clinton also faces the task of convincing supporters of “the intensity, the strength of her commitment” to Obama, according to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, himself a former Democratic presidential contender. In his own convention speech Wednesday, he told CNN’s “American Morning” program, he plans to get tough on the Republicans over foreign policy and other matters.

We’ll have more reports later today along with all of the important video as things happen this evening.

In the mean time, you can watch all the Day 1 video here if you missed it:

Day 1: The Democratic National Convention


Video from the Associated Press of Hillary Clinton touring the stage before her major speech tonight:


Former Governor Mark Warner of Virginia:

Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts:

Bob Casey Jr. from Pennsylvania:

Here is the tribute video played before Hillary’s speech:

Here is video of Hillary Clinton’s entire speech:

Report on Clinton’s speech from Reuters:

DENVER (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton delivered a ringing call for Democratic Party unity on Tuesday, promising to work for Barack Obama and challenging her supporters to bury their grudges and rally behind his White House bid.

“Whether you voted for me or voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose,” said Clinton in a speech Democrats hope will end a lingering party rift left over from their bitter nominating fight.

Clinton, a New York senator, praised Obama and said Democrats could not sit on the sidelines and watch Republican presidential candidate John McCain take the White House and “squander the promise of our country.”

“No way, no how, no McCain. Barack Obama is my candidate and he must be our president,” Clinton told a roaring crowd waving a sea of white “Hillary” signs.

Clinton used her highly anticipated turn in the spotlight to say Democrats must unite to help the first-term Illinois senator beat McCain in the November 4 election. A Democrat is needed in the White House to turn around the struggling U.S. economy, she said.

“When Barack Obama is in the White House, he’ll revitalize our economy, defend the working people of America, and meet the global challenges of our time,” Clinton said.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, watched from the balcony. At one point his eyes welled with tears and he mouthed the words “I love you.”

From most accounts it appears that Hillary did a good job of convincing Democrats to vote their party and support Obama. We’ll see how Bill Clinton does on Wednesday night.

For some flip side thoughts, here’s former Bush adviser Karl Rove analyzing Hillary’s speech:

Reaction from MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann:

A positive day for Obama it seems, this moment was a long time in coming to see Hillary Clinton seem to wholeheartedly toss her support behind.

We shall stay tuned for Wednesday as the important draws near when Obama accepts the nomination.