Democratic Party Releases Lineup of Convention Speakers

The Democratic National Convention will be held July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center, about four miles from Center City downtown, above, in Philadelphia. (PHOTO CREDIT: Hilary Swift for The New York Times)
The Democratic National Convention will be held July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center, about four miles from Center City downtown, above, in Philadelphia. (PHOTO CREDIT: Hilary Swift for The New York Times)

The Democratic Party rolled out its lineup of convention speakers on Friday, promoting a diverse group that it said would offer a sharp contrast to the polarizing message that it expects the Republicans to put forth at their convention in Cleveland next week.

The Democratic convention, which begins in Philadelphia on July 25, will start with speeches from Michelle Obama, the first lady, and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who competed against Hillary Clinton for the nomination and endorsed her last week. Also speaking on the first night will be Astrid Silva, a Mexican immigrant and young so-called “Dreamer” who benefited from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, policy.

The focus of the convention will then shift to families and criminal justice overhaul on its second night, which will feature a speech by former President Bill Clinton. He will be joined by the mothers of police-related violence victims, including Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

On Wednesday, Mr. Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will make the case for why Mrs. Clinton should take the baton from their administration. Finally, Mrs. Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, will address the delegates on Thursday night.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: NY Times, Alan Rappeport