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Dem convention: Biden nominated for vice president

Democrats minutes ago nominated Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as the party’s vice

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware

presidential running mate for nominee Barack Obama.

He’s about to take the stage and deliver his acceptance speech.

Will he be the attack dog that many predict he will be for Obama?

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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Dem convention: Bill Clinton feels the love

Former President Bill Clinton strode onto the stage tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Denver to his familiar campaign tune, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.”

The Democrats went crazy.

No doubt about it. The Democrats love Bill Clinton.

And once again, Clinton proved he can electrify the room. And like his wife, Hillary, did on Tuesday night, he swiftly declared his wholehearted support for nominee Barack Obama. All is forgiven after the nasty primary campaign, or so it would seem in the Pepsi Center tonight.

“Last night, (Hillary Clinton) made it clear she will do everything she possibly can to elect Barack Obama,” Clinton said. “That makes two of us. Actually, that makes 18 million of us.”

Clinton refers, of course, to the 18 million votes cast for his wife in the primary election.

“I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November,” Clinton said.

There’s nothing ambiguous about that statement.

Here’s a video clip of a portion of the welcome the Democrats gave Clinton about an hour ago in the Pepsi Center in Denver.

READ MORE FOR BILL CLINTON’S PREPARED SPEECH AS IT WAS SENT TO THE PRESS: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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Dem convention: Sights and sounds of the CA delegation

Here are some video clips I shot of the California delegation section about a half-hour after the Democratic Party nominated Barack Obama as its nominee at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

You’ll see a lot of familiar faces including former California Gov. Gray Davis, California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres, Callifornia Reps. Mike Honda and Mike Thompson and former state official Steve Westly.

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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Dem convention: Why California passed

My San Jose Mercury News colleague Mary Anne Ostrom just blogged this explanation about why California passed on the roll call vote:

State Democratic Party Chair Art Torres said he had to declare “pass” in the roll call of states, because, well, he wasn’t ready.

In the end, the California delegates voted 273 to 166 for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. He said by the time he rounded up all the votes of the massive 441-member delegation, made more difficult because alternates had to fill in for state legislators called back to Sacramento, the roll call was well under way. He counted 439 votes. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (broken foot) and State Sen. Carole Migden (in Sacramento because there is no state budget) were absent, and because they are superdelegates, alternates cannot vote in their place.

And by the time he called the convention secretary to report California’s vote, he was informed it was too late. They were moving on to Illinois in a choreographed dance that ended up allowing Clinton to “declare together right here, right now Barack Obama our next candidate.”

“I missed my day in the sun,” Torres feigned. He denied California’s pass was part of any plan not to announce the California vote. For what started as a pro-Clinton delegation, he said Obama’s large majority vote tally from the delegation was a “strong showing.”

In what appeared to be stage craft designed for East Coast television viewers. Clinton took over the microphone just after the start of the East Coast broadcasts of the network news.

The roll call was halted and Obama was nominated by acclamation after an agreement was reached between the Obama and Clinton camps.

Hillary Clinton herself moved that the roll call be stopped and that the convention nominate Barack Obama.

“With eyes firmly fixed on the future, in the spirit of unity and with the goal of victory…let’s declare together right here, right now Barack Obama our next candidate.”

And Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi informed the convention, Obama has accepted the nomination.

And then “Love Train” was blasted through the hall.

“Don’t you know that it’s time to get on board
And let this train keep on riding, riding on through”

Yes, the third night of the convention is a good time to get on board.

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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Dem convention: Hear Richmond councilman from the floor

Listen to Richmond Counclman Harpreet Sandhu from the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Denver shortly after his candidate, Barack Obama, was nominated as the party’s presidential nominee.

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Dem convention: Obama nominated

Democrats have just nominated Barack Obama as the party’s nominee for president of the United States.

It may have been confusing to those watching to see California pass when its turn came to voice the results of its 440 delegate vote during the roll call. (I don’t have the California results yet, but I’m working on it.)

The roll call is one of the enduring traditions of political conventions, a time when every state has a few minutes in the spotlight.

But it’s all part of the plan. Nothing in a modern convention happens by accident, or so it seems.

California, Illinois and other big states passed in order to avoid tipping Obama over the requisite number of 2,025 votes until New York Sen. Hillary Clinton could stand up before the roaring crowd. In a deal apparently finalized today, Clinton moved that the party suspend the roll call and nominate Obama by acclamation.

Here’s a short clip of California’s response to the roll call.

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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Dem convention: Clinton releases her delegates

This just in from the National Journal as Day Three of the Democratic National Convention is minutes away from its opening gave:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton today told her delegates they were free to vote for Sen. Barack Obama during tonight’s nominating roll call, but she did not direct them to do so. “I am here to release you as my delegates,” Clinton told her supporters at the Convention Center in Denver. Many responded with shouts of “No, no.” She added, to cheers, “I am not telling you what to do.”

Clinton, who waged a sometimes bitter campaign with Obama through a long series of primaries and caucuses, said she marked her ballot for Obama this morning. “Many other people who sign their ballots will make a different choice,” she said, adding that whatever decision delegates make, “you are to be given the respect and recognition you have earned as delegates for the Democratic Party.”

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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Dem convention: California delegates vote at 5 p.m.

Watch California deliver its votes from the floor of the convention at 3 p.m. PST or 4 p.m. Mountain Time.

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Dem convention: What are 15,000 journalists doing?

Wiht 15,000 journalists in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, there ought to be no story unturned.

Or not.

Here’s a very funny look at the press by the Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org/campaign_desk/the_15000.php?page=all

Justin Peters starts the column with this:

There are apparently 15,000 journalists attending the Democratic National Convention. Here is what some of them are doing:

14,000 are wearing terrible suits.

7,500 aren’t doing much at all. This isn’t surprising. Only a small number of reporters actually have a reason to be here. The rest are conventioneering—seeing old friends, eating Democratic-themed menu items (“Barack Obama’s Turkey Chili”) in pandering local restaurants, brandishing their press passes at all comers, looking for free things, and spending about 14 percent of their time trying to rustle up enough stories to justify their presence to their editors. These reporters are the ones mostly writing about themselves, or their friends, or their experiences exploring Denver with their friends (“I was enjoying some turkey chili with David Broder yesterday…”). At least they’re open about the fact that they’re enjoying themselves.

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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Your late-morning cuppa Joe (Biden)

Here’s presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, speaking as a presidential candidate in May 2007 to the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco:





The moderator is Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University; adjunct senior fellow for alliance relations at the Council on Foreign Relations; founding senior adviser to the Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project; and a 2004 Carnegie Scholar. She was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia during the first Clinton administration (1994–96), and earlier yet was Biden’s chief foreign affairs and defense policy adviser.

I left her a few voice-mail and e-mail messages this week hoping to ask her a few quick questions about her former boss being tapped as Barack Obama‘s running mate; somebody at Stanford just called to tell me she’s in Washington and Denver this week and so won’t talk to me. No phones or e-mail in D.C. or Denver? Or is it because she was more a fan of Hillary Clinton than of her former boss?

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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