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DNC, Night One: 4 Republicans Speak Up for Biden

Plus Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, and more
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2020 8:00 PM CDT
Updated Aug 18, 2020 12:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – The most unusual political convention to date is underway—the Democrats' all-virtual affair leading to the coronation of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Thursday night. Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders spoke Monday night, along with a rarity—a Republican, former Ohio governor (and 2016 presidential candidate) John Kasich, who attempted to appeal to disenfranchised members of his party. For future nights, live-streams are easy to find, including at the convention's official website. From night one, some early highlights courtesy of the AP:

  • Michelle Obama: Biden was a "terrific vice president" and is a "profoundly decent man,” she said. “He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic, and lead our country.” Of Trump, she added, "If you think things possibly can’t get worse, trust me, they can and they will if we don’t make a change in this election." The AP calls her speech, which also referred to Trump as being "in over his head," "uncharacteristically pointed and political." Her plea to Americans: "Vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it."
  • Kasich: He said his status as a lifelong Republican “holds second place to my responsibility to my country.” Elaborating: “In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times,” he said of his participation at the Democrats' convention. "We can do better than what we’ve been seeing today, for sure. ... Many of us can’t imagine four more years going down this path.” He also noted he does not believe Biden will turn "sharp left."

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