Democrats Raised a Massive Amount of Money the Last Four Days

Conventions are meant to do many things for a party. They showcase the up and coming political talent. They attempt to sway voters who are undecided. They allow the party to pitch a unified message.

But most importantly, conventions raise money. And these funds are used to boost candidates up and down the ticket. So if one is to base the success of a convention on money alone, Democrats just had a fantastic one.

CNN’s Eric Bradner reports that the party raised $70 million over the 4 day event. How impressive is this? Hillary Clinton raised $63 million over the entire month of July in 2016. That month’s haul included that year’s National convention.

NEWS: Joe Biden's campaign and the DNC raised $70 million during the convention.

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— 122M people watched, including 35M streams. Another 128M views across Biden/convention social
— 1.1 million people texted 30330
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Lindsey Graham Accuses Obama of “Hateful Rhetoric” and Claims Trump Gets Results

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Lindsey Graham claimed on Thursday that Barack Obama was peddling hate during his speech to the virtual Democratic National Convention. Obama’s speech has been widely praised.

The Republican Senator took to Twitter to make the accusation in what many saw as blatant hypocrisy. Graham has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, whose rhetoric is infamous.

What you saw last night from President Obama was a downward spiral – from ‘Hope’ to ‘Hate,'” Graham wrote.

What you saw last night from President Obama was a downward spiral – from “Hope” to “Hate.”

I hope the American people will look at the results of President @realDonaldTrump on their behalf and not listen to the hateful rhetoric of his predecessor. read more

Trump Will Speak Near Biden’s Hometown Hours Before Democratic Acceptance Speech

Donald Trump will deliver a speech near Joe Biden’s childhood hometown just hours before the former Vice President is set to give his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

The President will speak near Scranton, Pennsylvania on Thursday. Biden lived in Scranton as a child and has often spoken about it. Trump will give a speech in a nearby town, Old Forge.

According to his campaign, Trump will “

deliver remarks on a half century of Joe Biden failing America.” read more

2016 Revisted: Hillary Clinton Returns to DNC to Make Another Case Against Trump

4 years ago, Hillary Clinton used her platform at the Democratic National Convention to talk about the danger Donald Trump posed to America. Many voters chose not to listen and Trump was elected President.

And over the last 3 1/2 years, many of the claims the former Secretary of State have come true. Unemployment is over 10%. 170,000 Americans have died from a virus that nearly every other industrialized country was able to contain.

On Wednesday night, Clinton will again make the case against Trump. According to pre-released remarks, the former First Lady will tell voters:

I wish Donald Trump had been a better president. But, sadly, he is who he is. America needs a president who shows the same compassion, determination, and leadership in the White House that we see in our communities. Throughout this crisis, Americans have kept going – checking on neighbors, showing up to jobs as first responders and in hospitals, grocery stores, and nursing homes. Because it still takes a village.” read more

Barack Obama: Republicans “Barely Even Pretend” to Have Answers to America’s Problems

Barack Obama has slammed Republicans hours before he’s due to speak at the virtual Democratic National Convention. The former President appears to be preparing to immerse himself in the campaign.

The Biden campaign issued a statement from Obama on Wednesday. He’s due to speak at the convention on Wednesday evening, following Michelle Obama’s blockbuster address on Monday.

Folks, sixteen years ago, the first time I spoke at a Democratic convention, I asked a simple question: Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?” Obama said.

It’s a question that’s more relevant than ever today, as I prepare my speech for this year’s convention. I know the answer, and I think you do, too.”

The statement then moved on to explicit attacks on the Republicans – a possible indication of what Obama’s speech will cover tonight.

“The Republican Party made its choice long ago, and we’re seeing the consequences of it every day,” Obama wrote.

“They have no answers for the COVID-19 pandemic that has stolen the lives of more than 170,000 Americans and shuttered countless businesses — just excuses and blame.”

“They offer

no help for the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs read more

Colin Powell: Biden Will Be “A President We Will All Be Proud to Salute”

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Colin Powell showered praise on Joe Biden during his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night. He particularly pointed to the foreign policy.

The former Secretary of State served under Republican President George W. Bush and wasn’t the only conservative to speak on Biden’s behalf. He highlighted the former Vice President’s values.

The values I learned growing up in the South Bronx and serving in uniform were the same values that Joe Biden’s parents instilled in him in Scranton, Pennsylvania,” Powell said.

“I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States because those values still define him, and we need to restore those values to the White House.”

Our country needs a commander in chief who takes care of our troops in the same way he would his own family.”

“For Joe Biden, that doesn’t need teaching. It comes from the experience he shares with millions of military families—sending his beloved son off to war and praying to God he would come home safe.”

Joe Biden will be a president we will all be proud to salute. With Joe Biden in the White House, you will never doubt that he will stand with our friends and stand up to our adversaries—never the other way around,” Powell went on.

“He will trust our diplomats and our intelligence community, not the flattery of dictators and despots. He will make it his job to know when anyone dares to threaten us.”

“He will stand up to our adversaries with strength and experience. They will know he means business.”

The presence of Republicans like Powell has not been uncontroversial, but the Biden campaign has included them in an attempt to portray the broad support the Democrat enjoys.

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John McCain’s Widow Cindy to Speak at DNC Tuesday Night

Donald Trump did not have a good day on Monday when it comes to shoring up Republican support. Miles Taylor, who served at the DHS Cheif of Staff under Trump released an ad slamming the president and endorsing his opponent Joe Biden.

The first night of the Democratic National Convention also featured a number of prominent lawmakers who explained why they were turning away from Trump. While John Kasich and Christine Whitman ripped the President, they proimised there would be other Republicans willing to do so.

Tuesday night’s event will feature yet another big GOP name who doesn’t support Trump. Cindy McCain, whose husband was the 2008 Republican Presidential nominee will speak during the festivities.

There was clearly no love lost between McCain and Trump while the Arizona senator was still living. The President famously said of McCain in 2016, “I like people who weren’t captured.

When McCain passed away in 2018, Trump was told that the family would prefer not to have him present at the funeral.

And tonight, Cindy McCain will speak for his the President’s opponent, despite the party he represents. The video will be more about her husband’s friendship with Joe Biden than his ill-will with Trump.

Cindy McCain will say of her husband and Biden’s relationship, “They would just sit and joke. It was like a comedy show, sometimes, to watch the two of them.” 

Trump Rages at Michelle Obama Following Blockbuster DNC Speech

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Donald Trump reacted poorly to Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. The President took to Twitter to slam her and her husband.

The former First Lady’s speech to the convention was widely praised for its clear criticisms of the President. Trump’s early morning tweets on Tuesday show he’d seen at least some of it.

Somebody please explain to Michelle Obama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” Trump wrote.

Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama. Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement….. read more

2016 GOP Presidential Hopeful Kasich One of Many Republicans Speaking Tonight at DNC

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Every 4 years, parties use their national conventions to introduce their up and coming stars to America. Who could forget Barack Obama’s incredible speech from the 2004 event propelling him to the presidency just 4 years later?

Of course, Democrats want voters to get a better look at Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto. But a number of prominent Republicans will also be speaking at the event. 

Among these former GOP lawmakers will be former New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman and New York congresswoman Susan Molinaro.

But the biggest of these names is former Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich.

Prior to Kasich’s speech tonight, some of his remarks were released. The now CNN contributor will tell voters, “I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country. That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention. In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times.”

Kasich will also talk about his relationship with Biden:

“Yes, there are areas where Joe and I absolutely disagree. But that’s OK because that’s America. Because whatever our differences, we respect one another as human beings, each of us searching for justice and for purpose. We can all see what’s going on in our country today and all the questions that are facing us, and no one person or party has all the answers. But what we do know is that we can do better than what we’ve been seeing today, for sure. And I know that Joe Biden, with his experience and his wisdom and his decency, can bring us together to help us find that better way.” read more

Michelle Obama Will Focus on Biden’s Competence Advantage Over Trump During Tonight’s Speech

Democrats who have longed for a return to the Obama’s are looking forward to Michelle Obama’s speech Monday night at the Democratic National Convention.

The Obama’s have stayed relatively quiet about Donald Trump’s presidency but have strongly emerged over the last few months.  Michelle Obama’s 2016 featured the, “When they go low, we go high,” line and tonight’s oration is hotly anticpated.

The speech will focus on Joe Biden’s competence advantage over Trump. While Trump was previously a game-show host, Biden has served in public office for nearly 50 years.

Longtime Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett told the Associated Press:

“This election is very personal for her. She’s going to take this opportunity to speak about Vice President Biden in two ways: competency, which she had a chance to observe first-hand while he served as her husband’s vice president, but also his profoundly decent character.” read more

John Kasich and Bernie Sanders Will Speak on the Same Night of Democratic Convention

John Kasich and Bernie Sanders will both make their speeches on the same night of the Democratic National Convention. The decision is being viewed as a show of Joe Biden’s broad support.

The former Republican governor of Ohio and Senator Sanders will speak at the convention on the same evening, according to new reporting from Politico on Friday.

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ernie Sanders and John Kasich will share a night in the spotlight, and both Clintons are slated to have prominent speaking roles at the all-virtual Democratic National Convention in less than two weeks,” Politico reports. read more

Conservative Bill Kristol Predicts Trump Will Drop Mike Pence as VP

Conservative Bill Kristol thinks Donald Trump will drop Mike Pence from the Republican ticket in an attempt to steal the Democratic National Convention’s thunder.

The veteran commentator linked the President’s decision not to throw out the first pitch at the Yankees game in New York next month.

Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the Yankees on August 15th,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Aug. 15 is about when Trump will announce he’s replacing Pence with Haley or someone else. The timing would be intended to steal the spotlight from the Democratic convention which is the next week. https://t.co/3w4vAfdaOr read more

Former Republican Governor John Kasich Will Speak at the Democratic National Convention

John Kasich will speak in favor of Joe Biden at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Reports on Monday suggested Kasich would be one of many prominent pro-Biden Republicans in the coming weeks.

Kasich was the governor of Ohio and once had his own presidential ambitions. He’s widely considered a more moderate and traditional Republican than President Donald Trump.

Though he’s often criticized the President, Kasich’s appearance at the Democratic convention is a major step. He would become the most famous conservative to endorse Biden so far.

According to the Associated Press, the former governor is “among a handful of high-profile Republicans likely to become more active in supporting Biden in the fall.”

“Trump, meanwhile, is doing virtually nothing to expand his appeal beyond his most loyal supporters,” the report claimed.

Earlier this month, Kasich claimed President Trump was “in a meltdown.”

“So, you can see the Republicans beginning to retreat, and we see independents retreating in mass,” Kasich said of voters’ views of Trump.

“It’s a very hard thing to fix,” he went on.

“It’s never over until it’s over. As Yogi [Berra] said, it ain’t over till it’s over.”

“But at this point, losing all these people, including increasing numbers of the religious faithful is very, very difficult. It’s a very tough thing to dig out of.”

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