Democrats spent their third night in Philadelphia making the case for Americans to elect nominee Hillary Clinton to become the next US president. A heavy-hitting lineup of speakers outlined why they believe their candidate is best suited for the nation's top political office and, more importantly, why Republican nominee Donald Trump is not.
The evening's early speeches focused on gun violence — including repeated references to the gun lobby and Clinton's purported willingness to stand up to it. On the convention floor, the crowd appeared more rowdy than previous nights, often catching speakers off guard. Anti-fracking chants were audible when California Governor Jerry Brown spoke while anti-war chants rumbled as former CIA director Leon Panetta spoke.
Here's what else happened:
-The headlining speakers rained heavy blows on Trump, beginning with a passionate speech from Vice President Joe Biden. He lauded President Barack Obama's tenure in office and drew on his personal relationship with Clinton to talk about her passion.
"If you worry about your job and getting a decent pay, if you worry about your children's education, if you are taking care of an elderly parent," he said. "Then there is only one person in this election who will help you, only one person in this race who will be there, who has always been there for you, and that is Hillary Clinton's life story."
-After delivering a series of one-liners that mocked Trump, Biden quieted the crowd to talk about what's at stake in this year's election.
"Let me talk about something that I'm deadly serious about. This is a complicated and uncertain world we live in," he said. "The threats are too great, the times are too uncertain, to elect Donald Trump as president of the United States."
-One of the more strategic speeches of the night came from former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who delivered a highly anticipated endorsement of Clinton. The now-independent politician, who left the Democratic party before running for mayor in 2001 as a Republican, spoke to undecided and independent voters. Bloomberg emphasized that while he does not agree with Clinton on everything, he believes she is the best option.
"There are times when I disagree with Hillary Clinton. But let me tell you, whatever our disagreements may be, I've come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue," Bloomberg said.
-Virginia Senator Tim Kaine followed, officially taking on the vice presidential nomination and giving a speech focused on selling his own political trajectory and accomplishments. He pitched himself as a dad-like figure with traditional midwest roots and a Jesuit school upbringing, while taking time to focus on his work with Clinton's progressive primary rival Senator Bernie Sanders. Kaine brought out an unexpected willingness to go after Trump, highlighting his lack of trust in the Republican nominee.
"You know who I don't trust? Donald Trump. The guy promises a lot. But you might have noticed, he has a habit of saying the same two words right after he makes his biggest promises," he said, referring to the words "believe me."
"It's gonna be great — believe me! We're gonna build a wall and make Mexico pay for it -- believe me! We're gonna destroy ISIS so fast -- believe me! There's nothing suspicious in my tax returns -- believe me!" Kaine said, mimicking Trump.
-Obama wrapped up the night, taking the stage to talk about what his positive outlook for the country and why a President Trump would take the country in the wrong direction. While propping up his administration's successes, he devoted much of his time highlighting why Clinton is the candidate most prepared to succeed him in office.
"You can read about it, you can study it, but until you've sat at that desk, you don't know what it's like to manage a global crisis or send young people to war," Mr. Obama said. "But Hillary's been in the room; she's been part of those decisions."
Watch Obama's full speech here:
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