Episode #138: Bumps And All, the Democrats Make History
The Democrats made history in Philadelphia, nominating Hillary Clinton for president … the first woman to head up a major-party ticket. It was a week of tears and joy, but also of conflict and recrimination. And we were there to record the moment.
The week started disastrously for the party. With the hacking of Democratic National Committee e-mails and their release on WikiLeaks, we learned that staffers of the DNC, including national chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had made it clear Clinton was their choice from the beginning … and that they worked to disparage or mock rival Bernie Sanders. Wasserman Schultz, who was scheduled to open and close the convention, instead announced her resignation.
But that was a momentary blip in a week where the party went out of its way to talk about unity — and compare itself to the chasm we saw at the GOP convention the week before. Top Democrats, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton, among others, went to the podium to laud Hillary’s candidacy.
This week’s show includes great interviews with Cory Booker, Kate Brown, Wendy Davis, Tom Hayden, Dan Glickman and Marjorie Margolies, as well as state lawmakers, delegates and emotional voices on and off the convention floor.
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