Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama on tap for Day One of Democratic convention

PHILADELPHIA, July 25 (UPI) — The stage has been set for Day One at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which features speeches from Sen. Bernie Sanders and first lady Michelle Obama.

After an at-times raucous Republican convention last weeks, which nominated Donald J. Trump and Gov. Mike Pence for its presidential and vice presidential candidates, Democrats are expected to nominate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. by the convention’s conclusion Thursday.

Scheduled to speak Monday evening at the Wells Fargo Center are Sanders, who lost a primary battle with Clinton, and Obama. They will be preceded by speakers with specific interests in causes advocated by the Democratic Party, including Pam Livengood, an activist involved in controlling substance abuse; Karla and Francesca Ortiz, children of undocumented immigrants; Anastasia Somoza, an advocate for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and Astrid Silva, a backer of the DREAM Act, a proposal for a process by which undocumented immigrants would be granted conditional and permanent residency.

Later in the week, former president Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and the Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, are scheduled to speak.

The start of the convention comes one day after Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., announced she will not speak her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. The decision came after Wikileaks released detrimental committee emails, including correspondence in which Wasserman Schultz was critical of Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. The emails also revealed Democratic staffers were considering methods of damaging Sanders at the polls, and DNC Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall floated an idea to question Sanders’ Jewish faith.

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