Democratic National Convention Day 3 - July 27, 2016
There was simply no way the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention could top the brilliant and star-studded second day - or so we thought. But the lineup of speakers on Wednesday proved just about everyone wrong as they collectively served up a pretty darn special show.
The third day took its time to get going as the party focused on showcasing its diversity and support of the nominee, Hillary Clinton, during the first half of the evening. But as the evening progressed, the Democrats began to slowly and methodically rip Donald Trump into pieces, as his character was repeatedly brought into question and his policies ridiculed. In line with the theme of the day, “Working Together,” the Democrats also touched extensively on the struggles and dreams of its blue-collar, working class base. Oh, and the rendition of the Burt Bacharach’s classic, “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” in honor of those affected by gun violence, was just what the night needed (though the organizers should’ve really provided more microphones to the performers).
"Donald Trump & Mike Pence have united to form the 'make misogyny great again' ticket." - Ilyse Hogue
Although Sen. Chris Murphy arguably set the tone for the second half of the evening with his speech on gun violence, it was Rear Admiral John Hutson (Ret. USN) who fired the first real salvo at Mr. Trump with a stunning speech that laid bare the Republican candidates’ lack of credentials in, and poor grasp of, national security and foreign policy. Admiral Huston, a registered Republican, clearly took exception to Mr. Trump’s comment earlier this year that the “military is a disaster,” and proceeded to deliver several scathing remarks at the real estate mogul.
“Donald Trump calls himself the “law-and-order candidate,” but he’ll violate international law. In his words, he endorses torture “at a minimum.” He’ll order our troops to commit war crimes like killing civilians. And he actually said, “You have to take out their families.” And what did he say when he was told that’s illegal? He said our troops “won’t refuse, believe me.” This morning, he personally invited Russia to hack us! That’s not law and order. That’s criminal intent!” – John Hutson
“More than 120 Republican national-security leaders recently warned that Donald Trump would, in their words, ‘make America less safe.’ He even mocks our POWs, like John McCain. I served in the same Navy as John McCain. I used to vote in the same party as John McCain. Donald, you’re not fit to polish John McCain’s boots!” - John Hutson
Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, who served as the Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton in the 90s, mocked Mr. Trump’s source of foreign policy experience in his speech before also taking Mr. Trump to task for his tacit encouragement of Russia to hack Secretary Clinton.
“Donald Trump says he gets his foreign policy experience from watching TV and running the Miss Universe Pageant. If only it were funny. It is deadly serious. Donald Trump asks our troops to commit war crimes, endorses torture, spurns allies from Europe to Asia, suggests more countries to have nuclear weapons, and praises dictators from Saddam Hussein to Vladimir Putin.” – Leon Panetta
“Today, Donald Trump once again took Russia’s side. He asked the Russians to interfere in American politics. Think about that for a moment. Donald Trump is asking one of our adversaries to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States to affect our election.” – Leon Panetta
Vice President Joe Biden was up next, and he demonstrated why he is such an effective campaigner. With his folksy charm, Mr. Biden painted an optimistic picture of America that will only get better, and in the process, casually obliterating the pessimistic vision of a dark America espoused by Mr. Trump in his acceptance speech at the Republican convention last week.
“We have the finest fighting force in the world. Not only do we have the largest economy in the world, we have the strongest economy in the world. We have the most productive workers in the world. And given a fair shot, given a fair chance, Americans have never, ever, ever, ever, ever let the country down. Never.” – Joe Biden
“No major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security” – Joe Biden
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, made it clear from the start (at the cost of a few boos) that he is not a fan of either party, and his votes have always been based on individual candidates. However, in a speech clearly designed for fence-sitters and undecided voters, Mr. Bloomberg said that the country cannot afford to vote for a risky and reckless candidate like Mr. Trump.
“Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits, angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated, and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off. Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us. I'm a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know a con when we see one! Trump says he'll punish manufacturers that move to Mexico or China, but the clothes he sells are made overseas in low-wage factories. He says he wants to put Americans back to work, but he games the U.S. visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages. He says he wants to deport 11 million undocumented people, but he seems to have no problem in hiring them. What'd I miss here?”
Sen. Tim Kaine, the running mate for Secretary Clinton, also did well in his acceptance speech, where he skillfully weaved personal anecdotes with policy positions as he introduced himself to the greater Democratic base for the first time. More importantly, Sen. Kaine consciously positioned the Democratic Party as the party of family and values, a position that used to be the exclusive purview of the GOP.
"Thomas declared all men equal, and Abigail remembered the women. Woodrow brokered peace, and Eleanor broke down barriers. Jack told us what to ask, and Lyndon answered the call. Martin had a dream, Cesar y Dolores said si se puede, and Harvey gave his life. Bill bridged a century, and Barack gave us hope. And now Hillary is ready. Ready to fight, ready to win, ready to lead." – Tim Kaine
"I wish every American could hug President Obama, so that they could see the good in his eyes and feel the warmth in his heart." - Sharon Belkofer
After one too many overlong speeches (which even saw Sen. Sherrod Brown’s slot being bumped to Thursday), President Barack Obama finally made his way to the stage at a quarter to eleven with U2’s City of Blinding Lights playing in the background. But any fears of a restrained crowd tired from almost seven hours of speeches were quickly put to rest as the President delivered a rousing speech that got everyone to their feet multiple times during his 45 minutes on stage. Mr. Obama also stunningly gave Secretary Clinton the most powerful endorsement ever from any sitting president – he literally could not do more.
“And that’s why I can say with confidence, There has never been a man or woman not me, not Bill, nobody, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as the President of the United States of America.” – Barack Obama
“Tim Kaine is as good a man, as humble and committed a public servant, as anyone I know. He will be a great Vice President, and he'll make Hillary a better President. Just like my friend and brother Joe Biden has made me a better President.” – Barack Obama
The convention will be in recess until 4.30 p.m. tomorrow.
Democratic National Convention Day 3 Full Video
Democratic Convention Speeches, Wednesday, July 27th, 2016