Day 3: The Democratic National Convention

Tonight’s major speaker will be former President Bill Clinton, and the tension couldn’t be running any higher between the Clintons and the Obama campaign. The roll call vote was taken earlier today which has officially given Barack Obama the nomination.

A report from ABC News on Bill Clinton’s time in the spotlight:

Here’s a look at the Democratic roll call process from Fox News:

A report on Obama’s official nomination from Yahoo News:

DENVER – When this campaign ends, after future presidents have come and gone, and when today’s young people are grown old, history will remember Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, as the day a black man became the presidential nominee of a major party.

This is history with the ink still wet; transcendent, yet in your face now.

It’s a history that belongs to the red states and the blue states and the United States, to borrow the phrase that made people first sit up and listen to Barack Obama only four years ago.

Americans who don’t like him, who will never vote for him, own it, too.

The roll call of states Wednesday night at the Democratic convention means Denver joins Springfield, Ill., and Washington, D.C. in an arc that spans centuries which saw slavery, emancipation, lynchings, Jim Crow, lunch counter bigotry, voting rights, integration, oratory, intermarriage, black pride, assassination, riots, marches — so many marches — and now a nomination.

The arc traces Abraham Lincoln’s legacy of freeing the slaves to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial 45 years ago Thursday, to the convention center in Denver.

And on next to Invesco Field, where Obama will speak on the anniversary of King’s “I have a dream” speech.

“This is a monumental moment in our nation’s history,” Martin Luther King III, the civil rights icon’s oldest son, told AP on Wednesday. “And it becomes obviously an even greater moment in November if he’s elected.”

Video of Hillary Clinton announcing Obama’s nomination:

More to come later along with all the pertinent video from today’s events, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden are scheduled to speak.


Senator John Kerry giving his remarks:

Here is former President Bill Clinton’s speech, the full 21 minutes:

Report on Bill Clinton’s speech from the New York Daily News:

DENVER — Former President Clinton has pledged to cheering Democratic National Convention delegates to strongly support Barack Obama’s campaign for the White House.

Clinton told the convention Wednesday night that Obama “has a remarkable ability to inspire people.” The former president’s speech had been eagerly awaited by Democrats in view of his own past criticism of Obama and his ambivalence about the Illinois senator.

Clinton said that Obama had “hit one out of the ballpark” when he chose Sen. Joseph Biden to run with him.

He noted that Hillary Clinton had told the convention Tuesday that she would do everything possible to get Obama elected. Then, Clinton said: “That makes two of us.”

Here’s the tribute video played for Biden before his speech:

Joe Biden’s remarks:

Report on Biden’s speech from Yahoo News:

DENVER – Joe Biden was nominated for vice president Wednesday night and declared that the challenges America faces require “more than a good soldier” in the White House, hailing Barack Obama as a wise leader who can deliver the change the nation needs.

In a single sentence, Obama’s new running mate complimented John McCain’s years of military service and slapped his claim on the presidency.

The Democratic National Convention approved Obama’s chosen running mate by acclamation. Biden accepted with a summons to voters to elect Obama, formally nominated for president earlier in the day, as the nation’s 44th president.

The Delaware senator told the convention he’d learned a lot about Obama by campaigning against him for the party’s presidential nomination. Biden was an early dropout in that campaign, quitting after he managed only 1 percent of the vote in Iowa’s opening caucuses.

Biden said that in debating Obama, watching him react under pressure, he learned about the strength of the Democratic presidential candidate’s mind and his ability to touch and inspire people.

“And I realized he has tapped into the oldest American belief of all: We don’t have to accept a situation we cannot bear. We have the power to change it,” Biden said in excerpts of his prepared remarks. He was poised to receive his party’s nomination for vice president Wednesday night.

“The choice in this election is clear,” he said. “These times require more than a good soldier, they require a wise leader. A leader who can deliver … the change everybody knows we need. Barack Obama will deliver that change.”

Video of Obama joining Biden on stage following his speech:

Overall I think it was a pretty big night. Bill Clinton’s speech was well-spoken and I think he got the point across. Joe Biden probably have the best speech I’ve seen him give in support of Obama. Everything will be building to Obama’s big acceptance speech Thursday night.

We’ll have more tomorrow with Obama’s full speech and a wrap-up report.