PHILADELPHIA (MEDIA GENERAL) — The Democratic National Convention’s program on Wednesday evening will pivot from frilly anecdotes about Hillary Clinton’s past to her professional bona fides for holding the nation’s highest office.
President Barack Obama will personally vouch for Clinton in the 10 o’clock hour, drawing on four years of arm-in-arm work as president and secretary of state on significant issues ranging from national security to climate change. This will mark a change of focus from Tuesday’s proceedings which largely highlighted Clinton’s personal warmth and the historic nature of her nomination.
To receive a 30-minute nationally televised glowing endorsement from a still-popular president in his eight year is of tremendous value as the Philadelphia convention speeds toward Clinton’s speech during Thursday’s finale.
As a candidate, half the battle in election years is to help voters envision and trust you sitting in the Oval Office making the big decisions.
Mr. Obama’s unmitigated — and very public — faith in Clinton’s abilities likely means a great deal to the 51-percent of voters who view him favorably.
Vice President Joe Biden will also take the stage, presumably shedding light on his experience as Clinton’s colleague in both the Senate and Obama White House.
And then there’s the vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
Kaine, a former DNC chairman and Virginia governor, will introduce himself to the country and make the case for himself and a Clinton-Kaine administration.
While vice presidential picks aren’t known to win elections, they can certainly distract from the top of the ticket.
There’s little to no risk of low-key Kaine showboating during his big debut. So Clinton can rest easy that he will, in all likelihood, be viewed as supplemental rather than detrimental.
Wednesday’s lineup will also include victims and families affected by shooting massacres in Orlando and Newtown, Connecticut.
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