Live Blog: Democratic National Convention 2012; Day 2 - Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Warren
Tune into ABC News on Thursday. Diane Sawyer Interviews First Lady Michelle Obama tomorrow on World News, hours before Barack Obama takes the stage to accept his party's nomination and argue he deserves a second term.
But first, lets live blog.
We'll have live commentary and analysis of Wednesday night's proceedings at the ABC News / Yahoo! News live stream - abcnews.go.com/politics/live
Tonight, Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention . And so does Elizabeth Warren. They're two big voices in the Democratic party, but she's something of a throwback to old-school progressivism and he was father of the New Democrats. An senior campaign advisor told ABC today they'll have the same message.
"It's not about the size of government, it's what you're investing in?" according to the adviser.
'Spanish Oprah' for Obama - 9:48 p.m. ET - ABC's Arlette Saenz reports -
Cristina Saralegui, who is often cited as the "Hispanic Oprah," wooed the Latino vote, telling them "Si se puede!"
"America was the place that said it doesn't matter where you come from, it doesn't matter what your last name is, it doesn't matter if you drink cortaditos, or lattes, or café con leche, coffee with milk. Here, if you work hard, anything is possible. That's what I did. And that's what I did, si se puede"
"Governor Romney's plan is really just one word: pa'trás-backward. We need to move forward- pa'lante!Pa'lante!We need to re-elect our President Obama."
But as Chris Good pointed out, Saralegui also used a debunked attack against Romney in her speech when she said: "He said that Arizona's immigration law should be a 'model' for our country." Romney's campaign has said he was talking about e-verify, not the Arizona immigration law. Politifact HERE.
Obama and Clinton by the numbers - 9:47 p.m. ET - From Bruce/Dwyer:
4 - The number of joint fundraisers Bill Clinton and Obama have done this year.
1 - The number of paid TV ads that Clinton stars in for Obama.
1 - The number of Obama campaign videos Clinton is featured in.
1 - The number of appearances Clinton has made for the pro-Obama SuperPac Priorities USA
Gov. Deval Patrick: I Like Being the Boss - 9:35 p.m. ET - The Massachusetts governor deflects questions by Jonathan Karl of a run in 2016.
Yahoo! News' Olivier Knox isn't buying a stadum conspiracy - 9:15 p.m. ET - "It seems unlikely, especially in North Carolina, that [the Obama campaign] would risk alienating volunteers for a 20 percent chance of rain," Knox said. "Do we really think that that was their big clever move?"
'Nun On the Bus' Gets DNC Standing Ovation - Sister Simone Campbell shares Americans' struggles with health insurance.
Where is Hillary? Timor Leste - 9:09 p.m. ET - From ABC's Dana Hughes -
When Bill Clinton hits the stage tonight, his wife Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will literally be 10,168 miles away on a coffee plantation in Timor Leste, a tiny Asian nation near Indonesia.
Secretary Clinton is making history as the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit the country since it gained independence a decade ago, following a 24-year war with Indonesia that killed at least 100,000 people. A Senior State Department official told the traveling press that Secretary Clinton will also announce a $6.5 million scholarship program for young Timorese to study in the United States, before getting back on a plane tonight (or this morning EST) to head to Russia where she'll be representing the Obama Administration at the Asian Pacific Economic Summit.
Obama will be in arena for Bill Clinton speech - 9:08 p.m. ET - First reported by George Stephanopoulos.
Arena on Lockdown - 8:56 p.m. ET - More here.
The Time Warner Cable Arena is now on lock down. Attendees are not able to enter the complex or reach the floor. Per fire marshalls building is "temporarily" at capacity. Temporary hold they say. But ABC's Cecilia Vega notes there are several hundred people waiting to get in.
'Card Carrying Capitalist' - 8:52 p.m. ET - Both Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Deleware Gov. Jack Markell have played up their businessmen backgrounds. It's becoming something of a theme among executive office speakers. Markell called himself a "card carrying capitalist.
Pictures of people in crazy convention outfits - 9:05 p.m. ET -
Pool Party - Rubin dunked at Ritz - 8:36 p.m. ET - Twitter tells us this: CNBC/NYT reporter John Harwood tweets:
@JohnJHarwood: Kinda funny if it doesn't happen to you: Clinton's ex-Treas Secy Rubin just fell in pool at (poolside) Ritz-Carlton #Demconvention party
Photo proof from reporter Lois Romano.
Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards mentions Todd Akin - 8:39 p.m. ET - From Falcone/Kaye Foley:
First mention of Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin by name tonight.
"Two years ago, when John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Todd Akin and the Tea Party took control of the House of Representatives, they promised to create jobs and jump-start the economy," she said. "But instead, on day one, they came after women's health and they haven't let up since." (Didn't get much reaction in the arena).
It's impossible to understate the prominence that women's issues, in particular abortion rights, has played on the convention stage over the last two days. We've collected several instances where speakers have invoked the word "rape" - which is what got Akin into hot water in the first place.
Silver Spoons - 8:38 p.m. ET - Richards, by the way, is the daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, who died several years ago. She famously attacked George H. W. Bush in 1988. "Poor George," she said, "he was born with a silver foot in his mouth."
Watch that archival video here:
Steny Hoyer says it - 'We're better off today' - 8:28 p.m. ET - Chris Good reports:
This is the first direct statement at the DNC that America is better off now than it was when President Obama took office. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer:
After listing jobs numbers change, from losing 800k when Obama took office to gaining 172,000 in July … "it's a turnaround of nearly one million jobs from when President Obama took office. Surely Mr. Romney thinks we're better off today than we were then."
Other speakers have said, obliquely, that things have improved under Obama. But we've been tracking, and Hoyer is the first to say it directly. Romney campaign aides had noted Tuesday that no speakers said the phrase - in answer to a question from Rep. Paul Ryan - during the first day of the convention.
Senate Democratic women take the stage - 7:34 p.m. - Democrats introduce their Democratic senators like the Harlem globetrotters. They come onstage one at a time to applause. From Arlette Saenz:
Senators Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kay Hagan, Amy Klobuchar, May Landrieu, Patty Murray, Jean Shaheen and Debbie Stabenow
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, described as "Dean of America's women's senators" and the longest serving woman in Congress, walked out to the start of Katy Perry's "Firework"
"We're the Olympic team as you see we come in different sizes but we sure are united to do the best for our country," she said, roughly.
She described women in party - "our shoulders square, our lipstick on" - "We the women of the senate, with President Obama by our side, we're going to keep fighting - our shoulders square, our lipstick on, because you deserve equal pay for your hard work.
Katy Perry's Firework played again as they left the stage, and all the women held hands together and waved them in the air.
Obama ordered 'God,' Jerusalem' back into Democratic platform - 7:38 p..m. ET - From Devin Dwyer - An Obama campaign official confirms reporting that President Obama personally directed that the Democratic Party's platform language be changed to include God and affirm Jerusalem as the proper capital of Israel. More on that below.
Conn. Gov on women's rights - 7:08 p.m. ET - From Arlette Saenz - Gov. Dannel Malloy got fired up talking about women's rights, saying it is "personal" to him and should be to anyone with a "sister, mother or a daughter."
"Let's talk about women's rights. And this is personal my wife ran a rape crisis center for 11 years. The Republicans want to take away a woman's right to choose, even if she's a rape victim. That's in their platform. That's what they believe. Put it this way That's why there are three simple reasons for anyone to support Barack Obama over Mitt Romney: "Your sister, your mother, and your daughter. Let's stand for them. Let's stand for the women of America"
He also said the Romney/Ryan budget would leave Americans with "Romney's Raw Deal"
"That's the Romney-Ryan budget. It isn't conservative. It's harsh, it's radical, and it's wrong. It would shred the safety net that protects the middle class and those striving to get there. It would undermine FDR's New Deal, unravel Harry Truman's Fair Deal and leave us with Mitt Romney's Raw Deal!
Emanuel Cleaver, animated - 7:02 p.m. ET - From Chris Good - Stirring lines from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who delivered the most animated speech of the convention so far:
"Color me Democrat, color me liberal … we are the ones who protected Social Security, Meciare, and Medicaid … We are Democrats - and don't you ever forget it!"
Tells Obama to "hope on-hope on! When everything else is gone, hope on!" Mentions throne of God, did not catch exact line. Cleaver made a marching motion onstage while imploring the crowd to march on. "It is our hope that instructs us … to move our feet … to march on."
Much (perhaps most) of Cleaver's speech was off the script. DNCC released a much shorter version ahead of the speech.
Here's a pretty unbelievable animated gif of Emanuel Cleaver.
Chuck Schumer Brags about 'New Yorker' Bill Clinton - in his 6 p.m. hour speech, New York senator points out Democrats are showcasing their former president and Republicans didn't bring theirs to the convention.
The big news today? Obama's Thursday speech will be moved indoors due to weather - 6:52 p.m. ET Republicans looked at the weather report and argued it was because of lack of enthusiasm. Read more from Falcone and Dwyer about the big move indoors and whether it signals a lack of enthusiasm or a lack of enthusiasm to get wet. In any case, what was to be an event open to the public and volunteers is now open only to the delegates and press who can get into the Time Warner arena. Meet some sad teenagers.
What were people talking about today? Michelle Obama. Her speech. Her clothes. Her shoulders. The whole package.
Caroline Kenney tells David Muir she's still inspired by Obama - 6:24 p.m. ET -
"I think he did a tremendous job bringing our economy back from such a difficult, difficult recession, and our country is safe, we're getting out of the wars, the auto industry is coming back, he's done a lot on education," Kennedy told Muir. "I can go down the list. … I really always find it puzzling when people sort of ask, you know, what has he done, because anyone else who'd done that much could pretty much take it easy, but he needs four more years to keep it going." More here.
What to watch for tonight? Todd Akin - 6:21 p.m. ET - From Michael Falcone -
Be on the lookout for mentions of Todd Akin tonight - Especially since there has been such an emphasis in this convention on women's issues and abortion rights.
Democrats change platform to include Jerusalem, God - 5:57 p.m. ET - From Jake Tapper
A Democratic source tells ABC News that the 2012 Democratic Platform is being "updated to reflect the president's position that Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel."
The Platform will also will be updated to include language mentioning "God" that had been taken out, specifically the 2008 language saying "we need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone wiling to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."
The changes in the platform had met with criticism from not only Republicans, but Democrats.
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama; A rocky road - 5:38 p.m. ET - Clinton twice endorsed Obama's opponent in Democratic primaries. It's gotten better recently. But there have been other odd moments. Remember Bill Clinton hijacking Obama's press conference? More here .
Monica Lewinsky's former Rabbi to deliver benediction after Bill Clinton speaks at DNC - 5:37 p.m ET - From Michael Falcone-
Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles' Sinai Temple, where Monica Lewinsky and her family were congregation members for decades and where Lewinsky attended religious school, is scheduled to deliver the benediction at the Democratic National Convention tonight - not long after Bill Clinton speaks.
Not only was Wolpe the Lewinsky family's rabbi, he also sharply condemned President Clinton at the time his sexual relationship with Lewinsky, then a 24-year-old White House intern, was dominating national headlines.
"He was a brilliant, talented, extraordinary child, and for the leader of the United States we need an adult," Rabbi Wolpe told his temple, according to a 1998 Associated Press account. He said Clinton needed to "cleanse his soul."
DNC Purgatory - Which delegation got the worst hotels? -6:03 p.m. ET - From ABC's travel section.
GOP SuperPAC ad calls Biden a 'drunk uncle' - 5:48 p.m. - From Arlette Saenz
Paul Ryan says Dems 'God' omission not compatible with 'founding documents.' But they didn't mention 'God' in Constitution - 5:26 p.m. ET - Read more from Shush Walshe
Convention Panorama - click here:
Snap! Beau Biden on Ryan's marathon: 'I think my mom could take him' - - 5:25 p.m. ET - From Arlette Saenz - Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, bashed Paul Ryan Wednesday for shaving more than an hour off his marathon time and even turned his attack into a family matter, saying "my mom could take him."
"The Romney-Ryan budget means what it says. I believe his math as it relates to his budget. I'm not sure if I believe his math as it relates to his marathon times," Beau Biden told the Veterans and Military Families Council Meeting in Charlotte, N.C. "You know those runners out here, Army personnel, Navy guys and women, Marines, airmen, Coast Guard. You know your times, right? You know what your PT score is right? That's not something you forget.
Ryan seeks to connect with 'kindred spirits' in Iowa - 4:32 p.m. ET - He's got the accent and the family background to help Romney in a battleground state where he lost caucuses in 2008 and 2012. Today in Iowa, Shush Walshe reports that Ryan said he felt like he was home.
Could fact check fury hurt Ryan's political brand? - 4:08 p.m. ET - ABC's Greg Krieg investigates -
Ryan has given rise to a furious fact-check revolution, with analysts warning his claims - about everything from Health Care reform to his best marathon time - could imperil what many had painted as his cardinal virtue: Honesty.
It's a stark departure from just two months ago, when The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza called Ryan the leader of the Republican party's " attack and propose faction," an ideas man (and counterpoint to some of his obstructionist Republican colleagues) who had written and passed budgets in the House and drafted two versions of his fiscal manifesto, "The Roadmap."
ABC / Univision Immigration Special- 4:04 p.m. ET - Catch up on our special DNC live stream with Univision. It featured Jake Tapper -
"It's not if, it's when," Rep. Xavier Becerra told ABC News' Jake Tapper in response to a question about passing immigration overhaul. "It makes no difference if it's a Democrat in the White House or a Republican, we're going to get immigration reform."
Becerra of California was one of several Hispanic leaders who joined Tapper, National Journal's Ron Brownstein and Univision's Maria Elena Salinas at today's panel event in Charlotte, N.C., titled "Tomorrow's America: The Hispanic Surge and the New Landscape in American Politics." More here from Elizabeth Hartfield
Introducing Clinton - Elizabeth Warren, intellectual forbear to Obama's 'You didn't build that' comment - 8:15 a.m. ET - The Republicans built their entire convention around the theme that Elizabeth Warren sparked when she said this at a fundraiser in 2011:
"You built a factory out there? Good for you - but I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for."
The Massachusetts senate candidate has become something of a lightning rod for Democrats and her race to unseat Scott Brown is one of the most closely watched - and interesting - in the country. But she also represents the sort of old-school progressivism that Bill Clinton eschewed as president in favor of moderate New Democrats.
Obama's embrace of Warren's ideology signals a move away from Clintonism. Warren made her name opposing big banks and bankruptcies and arguing that government's role is that of protector. Bill Clinton deregulated those banks. He put the work requirement in welfare.
More on Warren from Elizabeth Hartfield.
Obamagirl returns. Sounds the same. Looks totally different - 8:10 a.m. ET - From Jake Tapper -If Obama Girl looks different but sounds the same, that's because Leah Kauffman - the original singer/songwriter behind the 2008 "Crush on Obama" song and video - actually stars in this one. Last time Kauffman and partner Ben Relles, who is not involved with this new video, hired a model, Amber Lee Ettinger, to lip-synch the song. This year Kauffman steps center-stage.
"You didn't get the change you wanted to," Kauffman sings in the new video. "But here's your chance."
Rahm Emanuel previews Clinton speech - 8:05 a.m. ET - Should Obama be worried about Bill? - Ridiculous, says Rahm.
First, a recap of last night from GMA -8:00 a.m. ET