DNC 2020 summary: Obama, Sanders among speakers

DNC 2020 round-up: speeches of Obama and Sanders

Former Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks in a frame grab from the live video feed of the all virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention as participants from across the country are hosted over video links to the originally planned site of the convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. August 17, 2020. 2020 Democratic National Convention/POOL via REUTERS

'We the People': broad coalition of voices at U.S. Democratic convention

Former rival Bernie Sanders, Republican John Kasich and former first lady Michelle Obama were among a parade of speakers making the case for Joe Biden on the first day of a virtual convention to formally nominate him as the Democratic nominee in the November presidential election.

Quotes from the night are below. The party also issued selected excerpts of prepared remarks in advance.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser: "We have to undo the laws and systems that have codified racism for far too long. But we have to do something too. Each and every one of us. Challenge our own biases. If we see something, do something. Together, we can turn this reckoning into a reimagining of a nation where ‘We The People’ means all the people.”

Bowser introduced Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis police custody in May sparked waves of anti-racism protests across the country: "Please join me in a moment of silence to honor George and the many other souls we lost to hate and injustice. And when this moment ends, let’s make sure we never stop saying their names."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo whose state was the early U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak: "Now we need a leader as good as our people. A leader who appeals to the best within us, not the worst. A leader who can unify, not divide. A leader who can bring us up, not tear us down. I know that man. I've worked with that man. I've seen his talent. I've seen the strength. I've seen his pain, and I've seen his heart. That man is Joe Biden."

Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father to COVID-19 and wrote a scathing obituary blaming failed leadership for his death: "My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump, and for that, he paid with his life."

"One of the last things that my father said to me was that he felt betrayed by the likes of Donald Trump. And so when I cast my vote for Joe Biden, I will do it for my Dad."

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer: "Over the past few months, we've learned what's essential, rising to the challenge, not denying it. We've learned who is essential, too, not just the wealthiest among us, not a president who fights his fellow Americans, rather than fight the virus that's killing us and our economy. It's the people who put their own health at risk to care for the rest of us. They are the MVPs."

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican: "Yes, there are areas where Joe and I absolutely disagree. But that’s OK because that’s America. Because whatever our differences, we respect one another as human beings, each of us searching for justice and for purpose.”

"We can all see what’s going on in our country today and all the questions that are facing us, and no one person or party has all the answers. But what we do know is that we can do better than what we’ve been seeing today, for sure. And I know that Joe Biden, with his experience and his wisdom and his decency, can bring us together to help us find that better way.”

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada: “Mr. President: Nevada is not intimidated by you. America is not intimidated by you. We are united by shared values, shared history, and shared rights — including our fundamental right to vote."

Former first lady Michelle Obama in video released in advance of speech: “I know Joe. He is a profoundly decent man guided by faith. He was a terrific vice president. He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic and lead our country. And he listens. He will tell the truth and trust science. He will make smart plans and manage a good team. And will govern as someone who has lived a life the rest of us can recognize.”

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who was Biden's leading rival for the party's nomination, in prepared remarks: "This election is the most important in the modern history of this country. In response to the unprecedented set of crises we face, we need an unprecedented response - a movement, like never before, of people who are prepared to stand up and fight for democracy and decency — and against greed, oligarchy and authoritarianism."

"My friends, I say to you, and to everyone who supported other candidates in this primary and to those who may have voted for Donald Trump in the last election: The future of our democracy is at stake. The future of our economy is at stake. The future of our planet is at stake. We must come together, defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next president and vice president. My friends, the price of failure is just too great to imagine."

Watch the full convention here...

Renamed the "Convention Across America”, 2020’s virtual DNC is to take place from Monday 17 August to Thursday 20 August, and across these days will feature speakers including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, while there will also be performances from musicians such as Billie Eilish and John Legend.

Here's a rundown of what's in store during the four-day convention:

'Rising up to take on the crises'

According the DNC website, tonight we will "hear from the many Americans who are rising up to take on the crises facing our country and join Joe Biden in rebuilding the country and moving it forward."

And you can watch and listen as the evening unfolds.

Traditionally attended by around 50,000 people, a scaled back convention is to be held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with neither the nominees, nor delegates, nor the event’s speakers turning out in person.

Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders headline

As well as Joe Biden himself, there will be a raft of speakers here this evening:

Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Representative Jim Clyburn, Convention Chairman Representative Bennie Thompson, Representative Gwen Moore, former Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Doug Jones and Senator Amy Klobuchar.

DMC 2020 opening night: welcome

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the opening night of the Democratic National Convention.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are due to be formally confirmed as their party's presidential ticket at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which begins on Monday.

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