Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, joining President Barack Obama on stage after his heartfelt endorsement of her nomination, greeting the cheering crowd in Obama’s embrace.
Wednesday night was about Obama’s legacy, but Thursday is about Clinton’s. It is Clinton’s time to speak, accept the nomination, and kick off her campaign officially as the first female nominee for the Democratic Party.
The convention’s Thursday theme is "Stronger Together," and the night will be the culmination of a week of a seemingly divided Democratic Party coming together for their candidate.
How to watch:
The Democrats will have a live stream on YouTube.
The convention will be called to order at 4:30 pm. Hillary Clinton will begin speaking between 10 pm and 11 pm Eastern Thursday.
Chelsea Clinton will be introducing her mother.
What to expect:
Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House was an announcement eight years in the waiting. But the election was more of a trial than most predicted, and Sen. Bernie Sanders proved to be a serious contender.
Contention from the primaries has had a strong presence throughout the convention. Clinton’s name has been met with boos and jeers from die-hard Sanders supporters, and Bernie or Bust protesters continue to surround the convention hall. And while Clinton has publicly thanked Sanders’s role in shaping the Democratic Party in the past, how she will address the rift in the party remains a big question.
Division aside, Thursday will be a historic night for Clinton. It is she, not Sanders, who is the Democratic nominee, and the first woman to have won the nomination of a major US political party. Regardless of internal party politics, her speech will undoubtedly reflect this inflection point in American history.