Hillary Clinton will officially accept the Democratic nomination for president tonight, culminating a historic week that ends with the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. Here are five things to watch tonight:
1. Her speech: Clinton, a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state, has a tough needle to thread in her speech tonight. She needs to inspire the base, convince undecided voters that she is trustworthy and capable, and she needs to not give Donald Trump and the Republicans anything to jump on. Clinton is expected to speak after 10 p.m.
2. This governor will show: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will speak somewhere between 6 and 10 p.m. Ordinarily, such a feat would be little noticed, but considering that Ohio Gov. John Kasich refused to speak at last week’s Republican National Convention in his home state, the Democrats are going to use Wolf to show the contrast.
3. More military might: In both an effort to firm up her foreign policy credibility and to continue hammering at Trump as an unstable commander, several retired military officers will speak, including the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and a Medal of Honor winner.
4. Honoring law enforcement: Clinton and the national party want to make clear Democrats support law enforcement. To prove it, Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez and the families of several fallen officers will speak around 9 pm.
5. Bernice King: The daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr. will take part in the invocation at the opening of tonight’s session. King will be the ninth Georgian to address the convention.
Look for coverage of these events and more tonight on the Political Insider blog.
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