Highlights: The Second Night of the Democratic National Convention

One of the highlights of a typical Democratic National Convention is the roll call.

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Biden was officially elected president of the Democratic Party. PHOTO via @Shutterstock

The All Virtual Democratic National Convention has just completed its second of the four nights, and despite the unprecedented structure, it has largely gone without a hitch and here are the highlights.

  • Joe Biden was elected president of the Democratic Party when he received 1991 delegate votes.
  • Former President Bill Clinton spoke only five minutes at the night from his home.
  • Another former Democratic candidate, former Secretary of State John Kerry, also spoke politely.
  • Alexandria Oaxacio-Cortez, the party’s rising star representative, spoke for about two minutes.
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Although the stadium full of chanting delegates and live speeches defining a national convention this year due to the epidemic was changed this year, the DNC has done a good job of adapting to the situation.

The two-hour night program is more like an informal than a convention. It is a mix of party members’ speeches and well-crafted advertisements that tell the story of Joe Biden, which speaks to the problems facing America and everyday people. It may not be enough to motivate millions of voters, but it will not be a thing.

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Like much of Joe Biden’s campaign, it aims to showcase this online DNC talent and convince voters that a Biden government is capable of handling the many crises facing the United States.

Here are some highlights of the second night of the Democratic National Convention.

McCain is friendly

Cindy McCain, the widow of the late senator and once a Republican presidential candidate, described in a video a lifelong friendship between her husband and Joe Biden.

Although they represented different political parties, the two U.S. symbols shared a real bond when McCain was the Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential race and Biden was the Democratic candidate for vice president.

By documenting their goodwill and willingness to work across the aisle for the betterment of the country, this video is a well-prepared reminder that political civilization can exist even in polar times.

Jill Biden teaches a lesson

Although Jill Biden spent eight years as the second woman in the United States, her speech at the conference was an introduction to many. Leaning into her career as an educator, Dr Biden spoke directly  from inside a public high school she once taught.

She discussed the promise of a new school year ruined this year by the COVID-19 epidemic. She talked about raising three children and the enormous loss of her foster son Beau due to brain cancer.

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Her address showed her modesty and warmth, almost like that sweet English teacher you can chat with at lunchtime. But the film is not accidental.

The Biden campaign hopes to carry the support of moms across the country who have to wear countless hats in a year demanding distance learning, financial crisis and more anxiety. They hope that many will find themselves in Jill Biden.

The Roll call

One of the highlights of a typical Democratic National Convention is the roll call. This lengthy process involves delegates from each state and region talking about their support for the nominee and announcing the results of their delegation’s primary election.

It is usually a time to see the humorous diversity of party members, which is a tradition even in these circumstances. But this year, DNC filmed roll call  announcements in every state. This is an opportunity to show not only the delegates but also the regions they represent.

Most importantly, amid the roll call, Joe Biden was officially elected president of the Democratic Party when he received 1,991 delegate votes.

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Of course, even the night had its mill-run moments. Former President Bill Clinton spoke  only five minutes at the night from his home.

Another former Democratic candidate, former Secretary of State John Kerry, also spoke  politely and if not very enthusiastically.

Alexandria Oaxacio-Cortez, the party’s rising star representative, spoke for about two minutes, nominating Senator Bernie Sanders, the only candidate who sent delegates to the convention.

The AOC’s approval of Sanders caused a moment of ripple effect online, with some thinking she was refusing to support Joe Biden.

However, she rapidly explained that Bernie Sanders’ nomination was a standard procedure and that she hopes to defeat Donald Trump in the fall by voting to Biden.

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