The third day of the Democratic National Convention gets underway at 4 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Here are five things to watch for:
1. VP candidate’s debut: Lost in the week of the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton drama, an electrifying speech from first lady Michelle Obama and the official roll call nomination on Tuesday is tonight’s big-stage debut of Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine. For many Americans, if not delegates in the hall, tonight’s speech from Kaine will be their first introduction to the low-key former governor.
2. Big farewells: President Barack Obama is on his way to Philadelphia along with Vice President Joe Biden. The two will appear separately, Biden most likely in the 9 p.m. hour and Obama will close the night after 10 p.m.
3. Mayor has tough spot: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is scheduled to speak somewhere around 9:30 p.m. It will be a big, prime-time spot for the two-term mayor. But he also will directly follow Biden’s speech. That’s a tough act to follow.
4. Another Georgia voice: Daniel Driffin, an HIV/AIDS activist from Atlanta, will make remarks immediately after Kaine is officially nominated as vice president. The schedule lists him taking the stage between 4 and 6 p.m. Driffin is a policy adviser with Georgia Equality. According to his bio on the group’s website, he has “experience working in hardest affected communities.”
5. A GOP-ish endorsement? Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will follow Reed to the microphone tonight. Elected as a Republican, Bloomberg has flirted with an independent bid for president and is expected to endorse Clinton tonight.
Look for coverage of these events and more tonight on the Political Insider blog.
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