Politics — August 19, 2020 at 10:55 pm

VP nominee Kamala Harris and Barack Obama speak at Democratic National Convention August 19, 2020


Sen. Kamala Harris will accept the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nomination, and former President Barack Obama will make the case for his own ex-running mate during the third night of the Democratic National Convention. Joe Biden became the party’s official presidential nominee on Tuesday night. Other notable speakers Wednesday night include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Biden primary election rival who has helped to shape some of his policy plans, and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.(CNBC Television)

Democrats formally nominated Senator Kamala Harris for the vice presidency on Wednesday night, placing a woman of color on a major party ticket for the first time and showcasing the diversity of race and gender they believe will energize their coalition to defeat President Trump in the fall.

The third night of the party’s national convention also featured a striking repudiation of Mr. Trump by former President Barack Obama, a break with the presidential custom of not criticizing a successor by name. Mr. Obama praised Mr. Biden’s character, contrasting it with Mr. Trump’s, and directed a portion of his remarks to voters undecided about whom they will vote for, or whether they will vote at all.

“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job, because he can’t,” Mr. Obama said, growing emotional at points as he talked about the challenges facing the country and democracy. “The consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone.”


  • Kamala Harris, making history, accepted the V.P. nomination.
  • Obama unleashed on Trump, warning of a willingness to ‘tear our democracy down.’
  • Elizabeth Warren focused on child care: ‘Joe Biden has some really good plans.’
  • Trump live-tweeted Obama’s speech tonight. He’ll appear on Fox News right before Biden’s tomorrow.
  • Nancy Pelosi denounced Trump’s ‘disrespect’ for women in her convention speech.
  • Hillary Clinton, citing her narrow loss, urged Americans to vote.
  • Gabrielle Giffords, in her longest public remarks since being shot, said ‘I have not lost my voice.’
  • Emma González narrated a video as the convention highlighted gun violence.


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