On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton sat in the stands and watched a divided Democratic Party both cheer and boo at the sound of Hillary Clinton’s name.
But on Tuesday, with Hillary Clinton set to become the first female major party presidential nominee, Bill will take the convention stage to try to change the atmosphere.
Tuesday’s theme is "A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families," shifting the focus more to Clinton’s personal background and history rather than the party as a whole. We can expect Bill to speak to his wife’s qualifications to take the office he himself held two decades ago.
How to watch:
The Democrats will have a live stream on YouTube.
The convention will be called to order at 4 pm. Bill is expected to speak at around 10 pm.
Other speakers Tuesday are social justice advocates, including the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Hadiya Pendleton, Dontré Hamilton, Michael Brown, and Oscar Grant; former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; and actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera.
What to expect:
Bill Clinton has had a notable presence in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, introducing her at campaign events and greeting voters. (The Clinton campaign also got a warning to rein in Bill after the former president came a little too close to the polls on Super Tuesday.)
He’s familiar with the convention, having spoken at the DNC as the governor of Arkansas (a speech that was so long the audience cheered when he said "in conclusion"), as the Democratic Party’s nominee, as president, and in 2012 in support of Obama.
But this time is different. His wife will be the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in the United States, and he will be the first man to take what has historically been known as the convention’s "first lady" speaking spot. He will surely comment on the gravity of the moment.