Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, is blazing hot this week as temperatures on the street from protesters collide with cooler temperatures inside the Wells Fargo Arena, site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Philadelphia officials estimate between 35,000 and 50,000 people, with some estimates ranging as high as 100,000, will demonstrate across the city each day, the AP reported. Groups planning to demonstrate include gun control advocates and the group Occupy DNC Convention and Trump supporters from Pennsylvania.
Heat On The Street
Meanwhile, more than 5,000 delegates—about 15 percent of which are superdelegates, mainly members of Congress and members of the Democratic National Committee—will be inside the air-conditioned venture. They will to listen to evening speakers that include Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Senator who endorsed Hillary Clinton after losing to her over the course of the primary season and who is expected to lead his followers to vote for Hillary Clinton this fall instead of either sitting the election out, voting for a third-party candidate, or the GOP candidate, Donald Trump.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who fires up crowds by ridiculing Donald Trump as plain “goofy” on more than one occasion will precede First Lady Michelle Obama, who will make her case to the convention and a national TV audience that Hillary Clinton will carry on the work of her two-term president husband’s work to improve the lives of children.
Other lawmakers, special guests, and a throng of journalists and not a few protesters will also liven up the grand mix. Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and Cyndi Lauper will be evening entertainment, the AP reported. Fergie will perform at The Creative Coalition’s gala.
Once of the contrasts between Democrats gathering in Philadelphia and Republicans who gathered in Cleveland last week is that a number of prominent Republican lawmakers and party leaders were no-shows in Ohio, including the two previous GOP presidents and its two most recent presidential nominees, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who lost badly to Donald Trump has so far refused to consider supporting or endorsing Donald Trump, the GOP standard bearer this year. The same cannot be said for Ohio’s junior Senator, Rob Portman, who said he’ll support Trump since he’s the party’s nominee.
A kerfuffle is brewing following the fallout Sunday over 19,000 Democratic National Committee emails that were hacked and published online that appeared to suggest DNC favored Clinton over Sanders in the primary. Florida Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been accused by Sen. Sanders of “rigging the primary for his opponent.” Ms. Wasserman Schultz, who beat our Ted Strickland of Ohio for the national party job, didn’t make a stage appearance for fear her remarks would get her booed off the stage. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the mayor of Baltimore, did the honors of gaveling the convention to order instead. Ohio Congressman Marcia Fudge was picked as the Permanent Chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.
In related news, a new survey of Ohio voters shows that while former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland is engaged in a tight battle with Sen. Portman, who served President George W. Bush as budget director then trade representative, his endorsement of Trump hurts him. A recent survey of likely Ohio voters1 shows the race for U.S. Senate a dead heat between Strickland and Portman, with the Republican leading the Democrat 48 – 46 percent, with an additional 6 percent still undecided. The survey conducted for Project New America shows how closely Portman is tied to the Trump Train. A majority of voters say that a Portman endorsement of Trump would make them less likely to support Trump—including nearly a quarter of current Portman supporters.
Jill Hanauer, CEO of Project New America, said, “It’s becoming clear that Donald Trump’s toxic campaign is hurting Rob Portman’s chances at keeping a Republican majority in the US Senate.”
For Democrats, it’s good news that Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will attend the convention and make remarks. Most other Democratic senators and House members are expected to attend as well.
Before the start of evening activities, it was announced that Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, will campaign throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio on a bus tour from Friday, July 29, to Sunday, July 31. The tour will have a “heavy emphasis on Clinton’s vision for an American economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” a media release said, that includes Mrs. Clinton’s agenda to make the largest investment in jobs since World War II in her first 100 days in office.
The 160 members of the Ohio delegation will feature speakers at each of their daily breakfast meetings this week. That featured speaker Monday was none other than renowned civil rights leader John Lewis, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King on the bloody march to Selma, Alabama. Rep. Lewis got his head split open by billy clubs on that historic march and has faithfully represented his Georgia congressional district for decades since.
Following Lewis’ remarks today, Ohio Rep. Clyde spoke about their significance. “This morning, I met Congressman John Lewis after he spoke to the Ohio delegation’s daily breakfast meeting. Congressman Lewis reminds us what we are doing here: fighting for fairness and equality with the most powerful tool we have, the right to vote. We cannot give up, we cannot give in to those who want to erode our values and our rights,” she said. Rep. Clyde, a champion of women’s rights and the right to vote, said she’s pumped for the powerful lineup of Democratic speakers tonight including, which includes New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney.
Rep. Clyde will address the Ohio delegation at its Tuesday breakfast meeting, after which she’ll join delegates from all 50 states to select Secretary Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
Clinton’s Pledge For Veterans
Other news Monday, Hillary Clinton spoke at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she pledged to fight for veterans as president. In the Tar Heel State, which Democrats hope to win this year, the former secretary of state highlighted Ret. Marine General John R. Allen’s recent endorsement. She reiterated her support for standing with America’s allies, noted her history of advocating for veterans.
Reports say that support for Donald Trump has surged following the Republican convention, with four of the most recent public polls showing the Donald defeating Hillary Clinton by an average of two to three points. Former New York Times statistician Nate Silver—who predicted state-by-state returns in 2012 with 100 percent accuracy—is now predicting that if the election were held today, Trump would have a 55.9 percent chance of winning.
Columbus, Ohio, the “Opportunity City,” came in a close second to Philadelphia, where both party’s held their conventions in 1948.
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