EDITOR's NOTE: All Tweets below have been redacted (where necessary) within their original sequence.
Session of Wednesday 27 July 2016
The Democratic Convention is called out of recess by Permanent Chair Marcia Fudge at 4:22 PM EDT [2022 GMT]
Rev. William Byron of St. Joseph's University delivers the Invocation before the Convention
Presentation of the Colors before the Convention by the Pennsylvania National Guard Honor Guard
Monroe Handy of Philadelphia leads the Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance
Sebastien de la Cruz of San Antonio, TX sings the National Anthem
The Colors are now retired
Chair Fudge announces that only one formal nomination will be made for Vice-President: US Senator Tim Kaine
Chair Fudge asks for a motion to suspend the rules and nominate Kaine for VP by acclamation-- declares the 'Aye's have it
US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has been officially nominated for Vice-President of the United States by the Convention
Daniel Driffin of Atlanta, who lives with AIDS/HIV and advocates for those with the disease, addresses the Convention
Neera Tanden, President/CEO of the Center for American Progress, speaks before the Convention
Tanden: [cpmparing Donald Trump unfavorably to Hillary Clinton] "What you do, not just what you say, matters"
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas addresses the Convention
Jackson Lee: [of the Democrats] "We are the 'We, the People' Party!"
Jackson Lee: [Donald Trump is] "The man of Fear"
Jackson Lee: "The Universe is sometimes dark but there are bright... stars that light our way... the winds of change are at our back"
Congressman Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico speaks before the Convention
Lujan Grisham: "I want an experienced and level-headed President"
Territorial Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia next addresses the Convention
Holmes Norton: [Washington, DC] "want[s] to become the 51st State of the United States!... it is the democratic power of equal citizenship"
Holmes Norton: [DC wants] "the 'quid pro quo' power of the vote in the House and Senate in return for the taxes we pay to support the United States!"
Congressman Adam Schiff of California addresses the Convention
Schiff: [Donald Trump is] "a man with no vision who cowers behind angry rhetoric... the stakes could not be higher"
Schiff: [Donald Trump] "With malice towards all and charity for none, Trump would separate us from the world and divide us here at home"
Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California speaks before the Convention
Waters: "I have no problem giving Bernie Sanders credit for his contribution" [to the Democratic Party Platform]
Waters: "The lost lives of unarmed citizens must stop: Black lives matter!"
Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL/Pro-Choice America, addresses the Convention
Hogue: [Trump/Pence is] "the 'Make Misogyny Great Again' ticket"
Mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee, Florida addresses the Convention
Gillum: "The truth is: we've seen examples of communities and law enforcement coming together in crisis, to grieve... and to help... heal"
A video about the contributions of Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders in Congress is shown to the Convention
Congresswoman Judy Chu of California, joined by other AAPI Caucus members, addresses the Convention
Chu: "Access to translated and absentee ballots is critical"
Chu: [on the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2] "Donald Trump doesn't seem to have a problem with this part of our History"
US Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii next speaks to the Convention
Territorial Delegate Madeleine Bordallo of Guam now addresses the Convention
Bordallo:[Hillary Clinton] "understands the unique needs of the Territories"
Congressman Mark Takano ["a proud Gaysian"] of California addresses the Convention
Other AAPI Members of Congress take their turns speaking briefly before the Convention
Congresswoman Grace Meng of New York-- the first Asian-American elected to Congress from the East Coast-- is among those who so speak
Meng: [Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are now] "The swing vote in Swing States"
Brooks Bell- a female technology entrepreneur from Raleigh, NC (and stroke survivor)- speaks before the Convention
Bell: "I am worried, terrified about what might happen if we elect Trump"
Bell: "How we write our next chapter is up to us. Please join me in standing up for an inclusive country"
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City addresses the Convention
de Blasio: [Donald Trump] "was born rich and then made a career of ripping people off"
de Blasio: "We [New Yorkers] know Trump as the Great Pretender"
de Blasio: [Donald Trump] "roots for economic turmoil for his own personal gain... *that* is the very definition of the 'predator' class"
de Blasio [of Hillary Clinton] "She's smart, she's steady, she's right and she's ready"
The Convention now honors leading Democrats who have passed away since the previous Convention in Charlotte, NC
Congressman Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, chair of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, addresses the Convention
Lujan: [Hillary Clinton] "needs a Congress that will work with her"
A video of Republicans not supporting Donald Trump's candidacy is shown to the Convention
A video of the Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives is shown to the Convention
A video about the Democratic US House Caucus is next shown to the Convention
A video- 'What is America?'- is now shown to the Convention
Filmmaker, screenwriter and musician Robert Rodriguez (maker of the preceding video) speaks before the Convention
Jeff Grubbe of the Cahuilla Indian Tribal Council speaks to the Convention
Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon speaks to the Convention
Debbie Almontaser, a Muslim school principal, speaks to the Convention
Dulce Candy, a YouTube blogger, speaks to the Convention
A musical performance by three singers before the Convention
Rev. Jesse Jackson, former Dem presidential contender (back in the 1980s), now addresses the Convention
Rev. Jackson: [on Bernie Sanders' contribution to the 2016 Democratic campaign] "The Bern must never grow cold"
Rev. Jackson: [Hillary Clinton] "knows our scars and our suffering"
Rev. Jackson: [to Donald Trump] "Stop insulting Hispanics, stop insulting Muslims, now!"
Rev. Jackson: "November 8th is Super Bowl time"
Rev.Jackson's mantra: "It's Healing time, it's Hope time, it's Hillary time"
Star Jones, TV personality (and an attorney), comes before the Convention
Ms. Jones scores the GOP as "obnoxious, race-baiting folks on the other side"
A video about the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis is shown to the Convention
Mayor Karen Weaver of Flint, Michigan addresses the Convention
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus take the Convention
Congressman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, addresses the Convention
Butterfield: [to Donald Trump] "You are not qualified to be President of the United States!"
Butterfield: [to Donald Trump] "You have no plan to address issues" [important to the Black community]
Congressman Andre Carson of Indiana, Congressional Black Caucus vice-chair, speaks to the Convention
Carson: [We] "have watched the deep-seated hatred of the past once again become mainstream"
Congresswoman Karen Bass of California addresses the Convention
Bass: "There is a better path for our country than the one Donald Trump offers"
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of New York speaks to the Convention
Jeffries: "In November, the American People face a clear choice between the most qualified person... and the least qualified person"
Jeffries: [It's] "a choice between a Secretary of State and the 'Secretary of Hate' "
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of New York speaks to the Convention
Clarke: "We can make our great country even greater by lifting people up and not tearing them apart"
Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York addresses the Convention
Meeks: "Hillary offers everything Donald Trump cannot"
Meeks: "My fellow Americans: it is time for us to band together, it is time to work together"
Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List, comes before the Convention
Schriock: "Women don't just fight for women: they fight for families"
Schriock: [the Republicans] "don't respect women, they don't trust women: they want to control women"
A video introduces Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, who then comes forward to speak to the Convention
Reid: [comparing being in the GOP-controlled US Senate] "It is nice to be in a room filled with respect for reason and facts"
Reid: "Republicans want to tear down the pillars of middle-class security"
Reid: [of Donald Trump] "a hateful con-man... parents, you are right to be fearful of what comes out of Donald Trump's mouth"
Reid: "Democrats, let's keep fighting together-- fighting the good fight"
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom addresses the Convention
Newsom: [the Republican Party] "has moved its fearmongering fringe center stage" [Trump means] "a hostile takeover of the American Dream"
Yet another video of 'Trump in his own words' is shown to the Convention
Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona (a former Marine) addresses the Convention
Gallego: [on his fellow Marines looking for insurgents in Iraq] "When we were kicking in doors... we didn't care about each other's race or religion"
Gallego: [Donald Trump] "is a scam artist: he is trying to pull off the ultimate scam-- [that he cares] about our veterans"
A video- 'She's with us' (about Hillary Clinton and families of Killed In Action)- is shown to the Convention
Jamie Dorff, the military widow who was featured in that video, now speaks before the Convention
Mrs. Dorff: [HillaryClinton] "led Congress to increase survivor benefits... and it made all the difference in the world"
Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit, now addresses the Convention
Duggan: "Unlike Donald Trump, Detroit is only going to do Bankruptcy once"
Duggan: "The best way to bring our cities back is to get our citizens good-paying jobs"
Former Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland (a former 2016 presidential contender), speaks to the Convention
O'Malley: "Hillary Clinton is as tough as they come... [she] knows that, when our families are strong, America is strong"
O'Malley: "Anger never fed a hungry child... to hell with Trump's American Nightmare, we believe in the American Dream"
O'Malley [on Trump saying 'Wages are too high'] "Donald Trump's opinion of himself, that's *way* too high!"
O'Malley: "Donald Trump has been a bully his whole life... bullies are just cowards in disguise"
O'Malley: "Anger and Fear had its moment last week, but now it's our time"
Actress Sigourney Weaver comes before the Convention
Weaver: "When Americans come together, there is nothing we can't accomplish"
Weaver introduces a video about those in America adversely affected by Climate Change to the Convention
California Governor Jerry Brown addresses the Convention
Gov Brown: "Climate Change is... slow and relentless; it is subject to... vast unknowns"
Gov Brown: "Donald Trump says Climate Change is a hoax: I say Trump is a fraud"
Gov Brown: "Even the 'Know Nothing's... of the 1850s did not stray so far into sheer ignorance and dark fantasy as have [the GOP] and [donald Trump]"
TV & Film director/producer Lee Daniels comes before the Convention
Daniels: [on Gun Violence] "We need to take action and we need to take action now"
Christine Leinonen, mother of a victim of the recent terrorist shoot-up of an Orlando nightclub, speaks to the Convention
Mrs. Leinonen (a former Michigan State Trooper): "I know common sense gun policies save lives"
Mrs. Leinonen: "I am glad common sense gun policies were in place [when her son was born], but where were [they] when he died?"
Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut now addresses the Convention
Murphy: "I am furious that, in the 3 years since Sandy Hook... the Republican Congress has done nothing... to prevent the next massacre"
Another 'She's with us' video- about the 2012 Sandy Hook [CT] school shooting- is shown to the Convention
Erica Smegielski, daughter of the principal killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre, addresses the Convention
Smegielski: "I'm here alone, without my mother, while too many politicans cower behind the Gun Lobby"
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey now speaks before the Convention
Ramsey: [On gun violence] "We've mourned too many police officers... we've mourned far too many innocent people"
Ramsey: "I've seen the cost of gun violence... we need a strong, steady leader to stop the bloodshed"
Ramsey: "Those who aim to do harm shouldn't get a handgun, let alone an assault rifle"
Actress and Director Angela Bassett comes before the Convention
Ms. Bassett introduces two survivors of the Charleston, SC church massacre to the Convention
Retired NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly comes before the Convention
Kelly introduces his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (a victim in a mass shooting), to the Convention
Giffords: "We have important work ahead of us: work that will determine the future of our country... Strong women get things done"
The Brightest Voices of Broadway perform 'What the World Needs Now is Love' before the Convention
A video charging Donald Trump's unfitness to be President of the United States is shown to the Convention
Rear Admiral John Hutson, US Navy Ret. (and former Law School Dean), speaks to the Convention
Hutson: "Donald Trump calls himself the Law and Order candidate, but he will violate International Law"
Hutson: [to Donald Trump] "you're not fit to polish [Arizona GOP Senator and former POW] John McCain's boots"
Hutson: "ISIS and other radical groups have no humanity: that's their weakness" [but they want to] "make us more like them"
Hutson: "I taught National Security Law: praising dictators was an automatic 'F' in *my* class"
Mr. Berg-Andersson adds: this after referring to Donald Trump's having once given Russian President Vladimir Putin an 'A' for "Leadership"
Hutson: [Trump] "personally invited Russia to hack us: that's not Law and Order-- that's Criminal Intent"
Kristen Kavanaugh, co-founder of the Military Acceptance Project, speaks to the Convention
Kavanaugh: "I do not trust Donald Trump... he suggests abandoning our closest allies... his recklessness means more more deployment"
Kavanaugh: "This election is not just about Donald Trump's judgment: it is about our own... [we] cannot afford to get this wrong"
Former Defense Secretary & CIA Director Leon Panetta addresses the Convention
Panetta: "We need a President... who enters the Oval Office with the respect of the generals and admirals who lead our Military"
Mr. Berg-Andersson adds: some among the assembled began chanting 'No more wars!' which continued throughout Panetta's remarks
Panetta: "Donald Trump asks our troops to commit war crimes"
Panetta: "Only today... Donald Trump... asked the Russians to interfere with American Politics-- think about that"
Panetta: [Donald Trump] "is asking one of our adversaries to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States of America"
Panetta: "Donald Trump cannot become our Commander-in-Chief"
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice-President of the United States, comes to the Convention podium
Dr. Biden introduces a video about her husband, Vice-President Joe Biden, next shown to the Convention
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden comes forward to speak to the Convention
Biden: [President Obama] "is one of the finest Presidents we have ever had... and, Michelle.. you're incredible, you are incredible"
Biden [speaks to]: "the unbreakable spirit of the people of America. That is who we are... do not forget it!"
Biden: [on Hillary Clinton] "Everyone knows she's smart-- everyone knows she's tough: but *I* know what she's passionate about"
Biden: [of Hillary Clinton] "She has always been there-- and so has Tim Kaine"
Biden: [on Donald Trump] "His cynicism is unbounded-- his lack of empathy and compassion"
Biden: [Donald Trump] "doesn't have a clue about the Middle Class, not a clue!... He has no clue about what makes America great"
Biden: "This is a complicated and uncertain world... [Donald Trump] embraces the tactics of our enemies... confuses bluster with strength"
Biden: "It's never... been a good bet to bet against America"
Biden: "Americans have never ever let their country down: never, ever-- never!... we do not scare easily!"
Biden: [We] "lead not with the example of our power, but with the power of example... we own the finish line: don't ever forget it!"
Kasim Reed- Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia- speaks before the Convention and then introduces Michael Bloomberg
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses the Convention
Bloomberg: "Let me thank all of you for welcoming an outsider here... to deliver an unconventional Convention speech"
Bloomberg: [of our many political differences] "We must put them aside for the good of our country" [we must] "defeat a dangerous demagogue"
Bloomberg: "We need a President who is a problem-solver, not a bomb-thrower"
Bloomberg: "I'm a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one"
Bloomberg: "The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy"
Bloomberg: "Trump is a risky, reckless and radical choice and we cannot afford to make that choice"
Bloomberg: "This is not reality television-- this is reality!"
Bloomberg: "We have never retreated in fear-- never!... we must not start now"
Bloomberg: "There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary Clinton is the right choice in November... let's elect a sane, competent person"
Another 'Donald Decoded' video is now shown to the Convention
A musical performance by guitarist Lenny Kravitz entertains the Convention
The multi-celebrity video of Rachel Platten's 'Fight Song' is shown once more at the Convention
Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia addresses the Convention about vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine
A video about Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine is shown to the Convention
After the video, Senator Tim Kaine comes to the Convention podium to accept his nominaton to be Vice-President
Kaine: "Can I be honest with you about something? I never expected to be here"
Kaine [of his father-in-law (an ex-GOP Gov)]: "Any Party that would nominate... Trump for President has gone too far from his Party of Lincoln"
Kaine: "Tough times don't last, but tough people do"
Kaine: "We all should 'Feel the Bern' and not want to get burned by the other guy"
Kaine: "We're all neighbors and we must love our neighbors as ourselves... do all the good you can and serve one another"
Kaine: "Trump is a guy who promises much [always saying] 'Believe me' "
Kaine: [Most presidential candidates, instead of saying 'Believe me'] "respect you enough to tell you how they'll get things done"
Kaine: [of Donald Trump] "Here's the question: do you believe him?" (The assembled yells back: "No!")
Kaine: "Folks, you cannot believe one word that comes out of Donald Trump's mouth"
Kaine: "Our Nation... is just too great to put it into the hands of a slick-talkin', empty- promisin', self-promoting one-man wrecking crew"
Kaine: "In America, we are stronger when we are together"
Kaine is joined by his wife, Anne, on the Convention stage
Sharon Belkofer of Ohio- a mother of a Killed In Action (in Afghanistan)- speaks to the Convention
Mrs. Belkofer introduces a video about President Barack Obama to the Convention
After the video, President of the United States Barack Obama strides onto the Convention stage
Obama: "12 years ago, I addressed this Convention for the first time... nervous... but I was filled with faith"
Obama: "After almost two terms as your President... I'm even more optimistic about the future of America than ever"
Obama: "[But] I'm here to tell you.. we've still got more work to do"
Obama: "We're not done perfecting our Union or living up to our founding creed- that all of us are created equal"
Obama: "I think it is fair to say this is not your typical election"
Obama: "What we heard in Cleveland last week wasn't particularly Republican... not the America I know"
Obama: "[What we heard] was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other-- turn away from the rest of the world"
Obama: "The America I know is full of courage, optimism, and ingenuity-- the America I know is decent and generous"
Obama: "I see Americans of every Party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together... the America I know"
Obama: "Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office... but Hillary's been in the room... been part of the decisions"
Obama: [of Hillary Clinton] "No matter how much people try to knock her down, she never ever quits"
Obama: "[No one] is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America"
Obama: [after the assembled boo the President's mention of Donald Trump's name] "Don't 'boo'-- vote!"
Obama: " 'The Donald' is not really a 'plans guy'-- he's not really a 'facts guy' "
Obama: "America's promise does not come with a price tag-- we meet our commitments, we bear our burdens... America is already great"
Obama: "Donald Trump is offering slogans-- and he's offering fear"
Obama: "We don't look to be ruled... we hold these Truths to be self-evident, that... we the People can make a more perfect Union"
Obama: "America has never been about what one person can do *for* us-- America has been about what can be achieved *by* us, together"
Obama: "The American Dream is something no wall can ever contain"
Obama: "Democracy works, America-- but we gotta want it: not just in an election year, but all the days in between"
Obama: "We've got to work with police *and* protesters until laws and practices are changed"
Obama: [Hillary Clinton] "has been accused of everything you can imagine and some you cannot"
Obama: "Democracy isn't a spectator sport: America isn't about 'Yes, he will'-- it's about 'Yes, we can' "
Obama: "America *has* changed over the years" [but its values] "haven't gone anywhere... that's what matters"
Obama: "Thatís why anyone who threatens our values- whether fascists or communists, or jihadists or homegrown demagogues- will always fail in the end"
Obama: "We don't fear the future, we shape it-- we embrace it, as one People"
Obama: "I'm ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen... join me to reject cynicism and reject fear"
Hillary Clinton herself comes out onto the Convention stage and embraces President Obama to the cheers of the assembled
After President Obama and Hillary Clinton leave the stage, Rev. Gabriel Salguero of New York City gives the Benediction
Convention Chair Fudge comes to the dais to entertain a motion to recess-- approved 'viva voce'
The Convention recesses at 11:47 PM EDT [0347 GMT] until 4:30 PM EDT (2030 GMT) the next day
And, with that, it's "closing time" for me until [Thurs 28 July]!