Unlike the celebrity-studded show that Republicans put on in Cleveland last week, the Democrats are pulling out all the stops when it comes to political headliners at their convention this week in Philadelphia.
In addition to presidential and vice presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, those taking the stage this week are:
- President Obama and his wife, Michelle;
- Vice President Joe Biden;
- Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea;
- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; and
- Keynote speaker Elizabeth Warren.
Monday night, aptly themed “United Together,” is no exception.
Addressing the party faithful on Monday will be the two darlings of the progressive left, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders:
They will be joined on stage by several other members of Congress, including New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, and Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley:
Monday night will be a big night for labor unions, as well.
Among those speaking at the Wells Fargo Center Monday will be the NEA's Lily Eskelsen Garcia and AFT's Randi Weingarten, leaders of the nation's two biggest education unions:
They will be joined by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:
The big speaker of the night, however, is none other than First Lady Michelle Obama:
Other speakers on Monday include:
- Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ);
- Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives;
- Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA);
- Pam Livengood, an activist for ending the growing heroin epidemic;
- Gov. Dan Malloy (D-CT)
- Sean McGarvey, president of the Building Trades Association;
- Karla and Francisca Ortiz, immigration activists affected by DAPA;
- Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and
- Anastasia Somoza, a former Clinton intern who suffers from cerebral palsy.