Democrats set to anoint Clinton as their nominee
UNITED States Democrats converge on the City of Brotherly Love to elevate Hillary Clinton this week as the party’s nominee who will battle Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential elections.
The Democratic National Convention starts here today with the party more unified than the Republicans, whose fissures were laid bare this week as they confirmed brash billionaire Mr Trump as their flagbearer.
But frustrations are nevertheless swirling as delegates bicker over the Democratic nominating process and new hiccups over Ms Clinton camp emails.
Ms Clinton is perhaps the most predictable person to launch a campaign in decades, so she will need to cast herself as the race’s energetic optimist who can push the country forward.
“Next week in Philadelphia we will offer a very different vision for our country,” she pledged.
“One that is about building bridges, not walls, embracing the diversity that makes our country great.”
Her quest received a boost on July 23 when she introduced Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate, a savvy Spanish-speaking US senator with a bright smile but “a backbone of steel”, according to Ms Clinton.
Mr Kaine “is everything Donald Trump and [Republican running mate] Mike Pence are not,” she said.
The 58-year-old Kaine, from a crucial battleground state, delivered a rousing speech in Miami, Florida, laying out sharp contrasts between Ms Clinton and the Republican nominee.
“She doesn’t insult people, she listens to them,” he told the Miami crowd. “She doesn’t trash our allies, she respects them. And she’ll always have our backs.”
The convention starts at 4pm today in the Wells Fargo Centre, with First Lady Michelle Obama and Ms Clinton’s former rival in the primaries, Senator Bernie Sanders, scheduled as the headliners. –
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears with vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine at a campaign rally at the Florida International University Panther Arena on July 23.