Bill Clinton to Battle 'Bernie or Bust' on DNC's 2nd Night

Plus, mothers of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner speak on gun violence
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2016 1:07 PM CDT
Bill Clinton to Battle 'Bernie or Bust' on DNC's 2nd Night
Bill Clinton will headline the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/ Gareth Patterson)

(Newser) – The name organizers hope will be on everyone's mind during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday—besides Hillary Clinton's, of course—is that of her husband. Bill Clinton will headline the evening four years after giving what CBS News calls a better pitch for President Obama than even Obama himself gave during the 2012 DNC. “For a generation now, this has been a safe bet: If it’s a Democratic convention, Mr. Clinton will be making a speech people will remember," the New York Times states. But there's another name that could once again take center stage: Bernie Sanders. The Washington Post reports the Clinton and Sanders campaigns are working together to give Sanders a bigger role Tuesday, including Sanders possibly being the one to formally nominate Clinton, in order to calm protests.

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Tuesday will see the state roll call to officially nominate Clinton for president. In 2008, Clinton stopped the roll call to allow Obama to be nominated without further delay. CBS reports Sanders isn't expected to do the same. It's possible giving Sanders' delegates the chance to officially vote for him will be enough to soothe some vocal Clinton critics, according to the Times. Either way, the roll call will mark a historic moment: the first time a major party has nominated a woman for president. The official theme for Tuesday is "a lifetime of fighting for children and families," with a focus on gun violence. To that end, the mothers of Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin are scheduled to speak. Other speakers include Jimmy Carter, Nancy Pelosi, and Lena Dunham. (Read more Democratic National Convention stories.)

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