As she formally accepts her party’s nomination Thursday, Hillary Clinton will acknowledge the challenges facing the nation at a “moment of reckoning,” but declare that they can be overcome if Americans unite with common purpose.
“We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid,” she will say, according to advance excerpts provided by her campaign. “We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.”
Clinton faces a high rhetorical bar as she closes out a four-day convention loaded with the party’s brightest stars. Aides say she has been working on her acceptance speech for weeks, making more changes Wednesday night after joining President Obama on stage after his remarks, and again today.
Republican Doug Elmets speaks at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
The convention has been an opportunity for party leaders to trot out some big names in Democratic politics, but on Thursday night, two members of the opposing party will take the stage to make the case for Hillary Clinton.
First up is Doug Elmets, a longtime political consultant from Sacramento who served as a White House spokesman during the Ronald Reagan administration.
As released by the campaign, here are portions of what Hillary Clinton plans to say tonight as the first woman to accept a major party's nomination for president:
"America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together.
"We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.
The Revolution Club, the group behind the flag burning at last week's Republican National Convention, was back again Thursday afternoon outside of the Democratic National Convention. The flag burning lasted just minutes in the rain.
Bernie Sanders supporters who have been protesting in Philadelphia since the start of the week distanced themselves from the event.
"Democratic socialist, peaceful protest!" a group chanted after the flag was burned.
Hours before Hillary Clinton was scheduled to take the stage to accept the Democratic nomination for president, Donald Trump lost a potentially decisive round in his prolonged fight against workers trying to unionize at his hotel in Las Vegas.
Trump has been stalling efforts to begin contract negotiations with workers at the Trump Hotel International Las Vegas after the 500 housekeepers and other service workers voted late last year to join the local Culinary Union 226 and Bartenders Local 165. The National Labor Relations Board certified the election in March.
In Thursday's ruling, a three-member panel of the labor board denied Trump's request for a review of the certification. That request marked Trump's final recourse.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is staying out of California’s U.S. Senate race to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, so neither state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris nor Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange are expected on the stage tonight when the committee recognizes those running for office.
Harris will be in the convention hall during Thursday’s proceedings, her staff said. Sanchez flew back to California Wednesday, according to her staff.
California’s top-two primary pitted two Democrats against one another in a Senate race for the first time in state history, creating a unique dance as party faithful weigh whether to pick sides in the race.