Under Democrats' theme of "A More Perfect Union," Harris delivered remarks from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, the same venue former Vice President Joe Biden is slated to use for his acceptance speech on Thursday, effectively kicking off their fall campaign.
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12:52 a.m. 5 key takeaways from 3rd night of Democratic National Convention
Wednesday night featured a female-driven lineup of powerful speakers, leading up to the moment when California Sen. Kamala Harris officially accepted the vice presidential nomination, marking only the third time a woman was chosen for the slot among either major party, and the first time a woman of color will be on the ticket.
Here are five key takeaways from the third night of the DNC: Democrats offer stark contrast on gun control, climate change and immigration; prominent female politicians emphasize importance of voting; resilience of women takes center stage; Obama's precedent-breaking, and personal, remarks urge a defense of democracy; and Harris takes the torch from Obama, pushing message of united America.
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12:12 p.m. Democratic convention sharpens, as Harris, Obama take fight to Trump: ANALYSIS
It was a night steeped in history -- a celebration of diversity where the nation's first Black president set the stage for the first Black woman and first Asian American to appear on a presidential ticket.
The third night of the Democratic National Convention, though, was really about the urgency of the present moment -- and not letting the party's feelings now fade. It was an acknowledgment that, for all the self-congratulatory tributes and gauzy messaging a convention makes possible, Democrats' visions of the future matter almost not at all if they don't defeat President Donald Trump.
Read more of ABC News Political Director Rick Klein's analysis:
11:37 p.m. Biden, Harris share socially distanced hug
Following Harris' acceptance speech, Biden joined her on stage at the Chase Center, but when they hugged, it was from a distance because of the coronavirus.
11:23 p.m. Harris: 'There is no vaccine for racism'
After addressing the coronavirus pandemic and the response under the Trump administration, Harris addressed structural racism.
"We are a nation that's grieving. Grieving the loss of life, the loss of jobs, the loss of opportunities, the loss of normalcy. And yes, the loss of certainty. And while this virus touches us all, let's be honest, it is not an equal opportunity offender. Black, Latino and Indigenous people are suffering and dying disproportionately. This is not a coincidence. It is the effect of structural racism," she said.
"This virus has no eyes, and yet it knows exactly how we see each other -- and how we treat each other. And let's be clear -- there is no vaccine for racism. We've gotta do the work -- for George Floyd, for Breonna Taylor, for the lives of too many others to name. For our children," she continued.
Then she added that "we can do better and deserve so much more."
11:12 p.m. Harris pays tribute to her mother
In her speech, Harris honored her mother.
"There's another woman, whose name isn't known, whose story isn't shared. Another woman whose shoulders I stand on. And that's my mother-Shyamala Gopalan Harris," she said. "She came here from India at age 19 to pursue her dream of curing cancer. At the University of California Berkeley, she met my father, Donald Harris -- who had come from Jamaica to study economics. They fell in love in that most American way-while marching together for justice in the civil rights movement of the 1960s."
"My mother taught me that service to others gives life purpose and meaning. And oh, how I wish she were here tonight but I know she's looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman -- all of five feet tall -- who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California. On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now speaking these words: I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America," Harris continued. "I do so, committed to the values she taught me. To the Word that teaches me to walk by faith, and not by sight. And to a vision passed on through generations of Americans -- one that Joe Biden shares."
11:06 p.m. Bidens to join Harris after her speech
When Harris wraps up her acceptance speech, she will be joined on stage by her husband, Doug Emhoff, and the Bidens.
11:01 p.m. Harris accepts vice presidential nomination
In her acceptance speech, Sen. Kamala Harris noticed this week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.
"It is truly an honor to be speaking with you," she said. "That I am here tonight is a testament to the dedication of generations before me. Women and men who believed so fiercely in the promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all."
"I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America," she said.
10:52 p.m. Kamala Harris nominated for vice president
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., in his role as as the DNC permanent convention chair, announced that Sen. Kamala Harris has been formally nominated as the party's vice presidential nominee by acclamation, just before she is set to officially accept the nomination from Wilmington, Delaware.
Members of her family -- Maya Harris, her sister, Meena Harris, her niece, and Ella Emhoff, her step-daughter -- delivered nomination speeches in an introductory video to her remarks.
-- ABC News' Averi Harper and Kendall Karson
10:48 p.m. Obama delivers scathing criticism of Trump
From the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, former President Barack Obama focused on what he said are the stakes in this election.
"What we do these next 76 days will echo through generations to come. I'm in Philadelphia where our Constitution was drafted and signed. It wasn't a perfect document. It allowed for the inhumanity of slavery and failed to guarantee women and even men who didn't own property the right to participate in the political process," Obama said. "But embedded in this document was a North Star that would guide future generations, a system of representative government, a democracy to which we could better realize our highest ideals. Through Civil War and bitter struggles, we improved this Constitution to include the voices of those who had once been left out. And gradually, we made this country more just and more equal and more free."
"I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies," he continued. "I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously. That he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did. For close to 4 years now, he has shown no interest in putting in the work. No interest in finding common ground. No interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends. No interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves. Donald Trump hasn't grown into the job, because he can't. And the consequences of that failure are severe."
Citing statistics from the coronavirus pandemic -- 170,000 dead and millions of jobs lost -- Obama said our worst impulses have been unleashed, our reputation around the world "badly diminished" and our democratic institutions threatened "like never before."
"Now, I know that in times as polarized as these, most of you have already made up your mind. But maybe you're still not sure which candidate you will vote for or whether you will vote at all. Maybe you are tired of the direction we're headed, but you can't see a better path yet or you just don't know enough about the person who wants to lead us there. So let me tell you about my friend, Joe Biden," he said. "Joe is a man who learned early on to treat every person he meets with respect and dignity, living by the words his parents taught him. No one is better than you, Joe. But you're better than nobody. That empathy, that decency, the belief that everybody counts, that's who Joe is."
Obama said that for eight years, Biden was the last one in the room when he faced a big decision and made him a better president.
"And in my friend Kamala Harris, (Biden)'s chosen an ideal partner who is more than prepared for the job, someone who knows what it's like to overcome barriers and who has made a career fighting to help others live out their own American dream. Along with the experience needed to get things done, Joe and Kamala have concrete policies that will turn their vision of a better, fairer, stronger country into a reality."
10:28 p.m. How Obama, Biden's personal relationship was forged and what it means for 2020
ABC News' David Wright reports on how the deeply personal relationship between former President Barack Obama and Biden was forged and what it means for Biden's 2020 campaign.
10:26 p.m. Warren: 'I love a good plan, and Joe Biden has some really good plans'
During a segment on the economy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., delivered her speech from the Springfield Early Childhood Education Center, a 150-student pre-K and kindergarten school, in Massachusetts.
"Tonight we've heard from the people who make America work, people who put their lives on the line to keep our country going, and since COVID-19 hit, they've taken one gut punch after another," she said.
"And now, parents are stuck -- no idea when schools can safely reopen and even fewer childcare options. The devastation is enormous. And the way I see it: big problems demand big solutions. I love a good plan, and Joe Biden has some really good plans," she added.
She said the plans reflect a central truth, "our economic system has been rigged to give bailouts to billionaires and kick dirt in the face of everyone else."
"But we can build a thriving economy by investing in families and fixing what's broken. Joe's plan to 'build back better' includes making the wealthy pay their fair share, holding corporations accountable, repairing racial inequities, and fighting corruption in Washington," she said.
10:11 p.m. Pelosi says Trump, Mitch McConnell 'standing in the way'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she's seen firsthand, the president's "disrespect for facts, for working families and for women in particular -- disrespect written into his policies toward our health and our rights, not just his conduct."
"But we know what he doesn't: that when women succeed, America succeeds. And so we are unleashing the full power of women to take their rightful place in every part of our national life," Pelosi said.
She said they would champion a woman's right to choose and defend Roe v. Wade, secure a guarantee for child care, preserve Social Security and pass equal pay for equal work.
"Who is standing in the way? Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump. So here is our answer: we will see them in November," she said.
"Joe Biden is the President we need right now: battle-tested, forward-looking, honest and authentic," she added. "And Kamala Harris is the Vice President we need right now-committed to our Constitution, brilliant in defending it, and a witness to the women of this nation that their voices will be heard."
10:03 p.m. Hillary Clinton: 'America needs a better president than this'
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, said America needs a better president than Trump and that Biden and Harris would be the team to "pull our nation back from the brink."
"After the last election, I said, "We owe Donald Trump an open mind and the chance to lead." I really meant it. Every president deserves that. And Trump walked into the Oval Office with so much set up for him: A strong economy. Plans for managing crises -- like a pandemic," she said.
"If he had put his own interests and ego aside -- if he could have seen the humanity in a child ripped from her parents at the border or a protester calling for justice or a family whose home was destroyed by a wildfire who happened to live in a blue state -- if he had even tried to govern well and lead us all-he might have proved us wrong. And that would have been a good thing, for America and the world," she continued. "I wish Donald Trump had been a better president. Because America needs a better president than this."
She added, "We need leaders equal to this moment. We need Joe Biden and Kamala Harris."
Clinton also reminded that they can't do it "without all of us."
"Most of all, no matter what, vote. And convince everyone you know to vote," she said.
9:55 p.m. Whitmer: 'This is a historic moment'
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, ahead of third night of DNC told ABC News' Linsey Davis that she was looking forward to the powerhouse lineup of women.
"This is a historic moment," she said. "I'm going to be watching it with my daughters."
9:52 p.m. 11-year-old reads letter to Trump
Estela Juarez from Florida read a letter she wrote to the president after her mother was deported to Mexico.
"Dear, Donald Trump, my name is Estella. I am 11 years old. My mom is my best friend. She came to America as a teenager over 20 years ago without papers in search of a better life. She married my dad who served our country as a Marine in South America, Africa and Iraq," she said. "My mom worked hard and paid taxes, and the Obama administration told her she could stay. My dad thought you would protect military families so he voted for you in 2016, Mr. President. He says he won't vote for you again after what you did to our family."
Juarez's mother came to the United States as a teenager who was undocumented, according to a DNC news release.
9:42 p.m. Trump talks to Florida voters at 'telerally' about immigration, 'radical left' policies
President Donald Trump held a "telerally" on Facebook Wednesday night, targeting voters in Florida hours before the third night of the DNC. He continued to rev up his anti-immigration rhetoric, harkening back to his 2016 campaign, while repeatedly criticizing policies of the Obama administration, including trade, immigration and health care.
Trump said that there wouldn't be anything the "radical left" wouldn't be able to get Biden to do.
"Chaos, crime and socialism promised by a puppet like Joe Biden, that has no clue. It's nothing that they can't get, that radical left, that they can't get him to do and you see that loud and clear it's happening right before your eyes," he said.
Trump went on to say that the most dangerous part of the Biden-Harris plan would be the expansion of sanctuary cities.
"They want sanctuary cities to be expanded, something that would be a total disaster," he said.
Trump said that his administration will create a fair system.
"We will create an immigration system that's going to be based on many wonderful things and it'll be a very fair system. You have to come into our country legally. But it's a system based on merit and love. People have to love our country, not hate our country when they come in."
--ABC News' Will Steakin, Justin Gomez and Terrance Smith
9:30 p.m. Obama asked to speak ahead of Harris, pass the torch
A Democratic official confirms to ABC News that former President Barack Obama was originally slated to close night three of the DNC, but asked to swap the order and precede Sen. Kamala Harris to symbolically pass the torch to her.
Harris is set to close the night's convention proceedings with her speech accepting the party's vice presidential nomination.
The Washington Post first reported the news.
-- ABC News' John Verhovek
9:25 p.m. Simpson: Progressives frustrated at lack of focus on issues
Ahead of the start of night three of the DNC, Democracy for America CEO and ABC News Contributor Yvette Simpson addressed frustrations by progressives that they are "the only ones talking about issues."
"Why is the Democratic Party, the party of the people, not using their convention to talk about how we're going to serve our people?" she asked.
9:20 p.m. Governor: New Mexico has 'shown what climate leadership looks like'
Addressing climate change, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she is proud that her state has "shown what climate leadership looks like."
"While the Trump administration has been eliminating environmental protections, we've expanded them. While they've been rolling back regulations on oil and gas companies, we've taken on polluters and held them accountable. We've committed to a renewable energy future, with stable and safe and fulfilling careers for workers in our clean energy-fueled communities," she said. "We're laying a roadmap for a just 21st century America, one where we lead with compassion and where we leave no community behind. President Joe Biden will take us all the way."
9:15 p.m. Gabby Giffords: 'I have not lost my voice'
In an opening segment focused on ending gun violence, former Rep. Gabby Giffords -- a victim of a mass shooting -- reminded viewers that "we can be on the right side of history."
"I've known the darkest of days, days of pain and uncertain recovery," said Giffords. "But confronted by despair, I've summoned hope. Confronted by paralysis and aphasia, I've responded with grit and determination. I put one foot in front of the other. I found one word and then I found another. My recovery is a daily fight, but fighting makes me stronger. Words once came easily; today I struggle with speech. But I have not lost my voice."
"America needs all of us to speak out, even when you have to fight to find the words," she continued.
9:10 p.m. Harris opens the convention with brief remarks
Sen. Kamala Harris gave brief remarks at the top of the third night of the convention.
Her remarks focused on the importance of voting and making a plan to vote amid concerns about obstacles to casting ballots.
"I know many of you plan to vote this year, but amidst the excitement and enthusiasm for this election, you've also heard about obstacles and misinformation and folks making it harder for you to cast your ballot. So I think we need to ask ourselves, why don't they want us to vote? Why is there so much effort to silence our voices?" she asked. "And the answer is because when we vote, things change. When we vote, things get better. When we vote, we address the need for all people to be treated with dignity and respect in our country. So each of us needs a plan. A voting plan."
9 p.m. Night 3 of the DNC is underway
DNC Permanent Convention Chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., gavels in the third night of the DNC.
8:58 p.m. Wisconsin delegates get 'creative,' adjust to virtual convention
Ryan Sorenson was excited to celebrate the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in Milwaukee this summer as an official delegate for Joe Biden.
But with the party scuttling plans for an in-person convention because of the coronavirus, Sorenson is wearing his foam cheese-head in his living room instead of the Fiserv Forum, and watched the party's first-ever virtual roll call from his couch.
"You see a lot of clips running on the news from previous conventions, and it's basically a big party," he said. "Just watching it on TV seems a little different."
Democrats across the country are adjusting to the format of this year's convention - nowhere more than in Wisconsin, where delegates who looked forward to hosting the party have traded banners, flags and floor passes for lawn signs and videoconference links.
Read more about how Wisconsin delegates are adjusting to the mostly virtual convention:
-- ABC News' Benjamin Siegel
8:53 p.m. Melania Trump to address RNC from Rose Garden
First lady Melania Trump will deliver a speech to the Republican National Convention from the Rose Garden on Tuesday, her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed to ABC News earlier on Wednesday.
Last month, Trump announced a project to restore the Rose Garden, which her office said -- in part -- included plans to improve "support for audiovisual and broadcasting needs."
The president will deliver his speech next week from the White House South Lawn.
-- ABC News' Ben Gittleson
8:49 p.m. Harris arrives at Chase Center
Harris has arrived at the Chase Center ahead of her remarks, an aide tells ABC News.
Earlier Wednesday, the Biden campaign confirmed that Joe Biden did a walkthrough of the convention site in Wilmington, Delaware, in anticipation of his address on Thursday.
-- ABC News' Averi Harper
8:43 p.m. Previewing night 3 of the DNC
ABC News Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks discusses what to watch for on the third night of theDNC, including speeches from Sen. Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"It's very clear that Democrats want to remind voters that they're the ones with the huge edge with women," she told ABC News' Linsey Davis on ABC News Live Prime.
8:39 p.m. Harris to open the convention with brief remarks
Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager and communications director, laid out -- in slightly more detail -- what we can expect from Harris' acceptance speech, telling reporters to expect remarks that hit on both her personal story and about how her and Biden's leadership contrasts with President Trump's.
"I think what she really hopes tonight is that people will see themselves in her speech. You're going to hear her tell her own story -- highlight the examples and experiences of others that resonate with her. You're going to hear her really talk about her life and how her growing up, shaped her," Bedingfield said.
"She will set out a vision for a more inclusive nation in which everyone is welcome and given equal opportunity and protection under the law. And she will -- ultimately she's going to make the case for electing Joe Biden. She is going to show why he is uniquely the leader for this moment. She's going to draw a really clear contrast with the build leadership of Donald Trump. And she's really going to make a robust case to the American people that the Biden-Harris administration is going to be about bringing people together, making sure everybody has a seat at the table, being inclusive, and that couldn't be a stronger contrast with the divisive way that Donald Trump has tried to lead this country," Bedingfield added.
-- ABC News' John Verhovek, Kendall Karson and Molly Nagle
8:30 p.m. Harris to open the convention with brief remarks
The campaign said Sen. Kamala Harris will speak at opening the third night of the DNC and then return later for her full remarks later in the program.
"There is incredible excitement around Senator Harris joining the ticket, and we want people to hear from her as much as possible," according to the campaign.
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8:11 p.m. Trump responds to excerpts of Obama's remarks
At a White House news conference, the president was asked about excerpts from Obama's speech at the DNC, where he said, he hoped President Donald Trump "might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did."
"You know, when I listen to that and then I see the horror that he's left us, the stupidity of the transactions that he made. Look what we're doing. We have our great border wall, we have security, we have the UAE deal which has been universally praised by people that aren't exactly fans of Donald Trump for various reasons.When I look at what we have -- look at how bad he was. How ineffective a president he was. He was so ineffective, so terrible, Trump said.
"President Obama did not do a good job. The reason I'm here is because of president Obama and Joe Biden," he continued.
8:03 p.m. Campaign: Spotlight to stay on Sen. Kamala Harris
The third night of the convention, which boasts the theme "a more perfect union," is set to build on the first two nights, according to Biden campaign and convention officials, who laid out the central message of the night's festivities.
"Tonight is really about laying out the path forward, the positive vision that Joe Biden has for this country. You'll hear about plans for an economy that helps working families and small businesses grow. A plan that is one of the most ambitious ever proposed. Plans to reform our broken immigration system, fight for seeing gun laws and ensure equal pay and strong health protections for women," Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager and communications director told reporters.
The night culminates with a speech by Sen. Kamala Harris, who is also set to be formally nominated as the vice presidential nominee -- the first person of Black and Indian descent in that role.
The campaign confirmed that Biden will be watching the proceedings from Delaware Wednesday night but said that they would not plan on seeing a cameo from the former vice president, saying the focus would remain on vice presidential nominee.
-- ABC News' John Verhovek, Kendall Karson and Molly Nagle
7:56 p.m. Some progressives stew over GOP presence at DNC
Less John Kasich, more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: That was the message from progressive activists on Wednesday after two days of DNC programming.
After a bruising presidential primary, liberals worried that a nominating convention featuring several prominent Republicans undercut efforts to bring Democrats together ahead of November and overshadowed one of the party's rising stars, who spoke for just 90 seconds.
From Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain, to former GOP governors like Kasich of Ohio and Christie Todd Whitman of New Jersey, several Republicans pledged their support for Joe Biden, praising his character and saying he would unify Americans after four years of a divisive Trump presidency.
"Today, we are a country divided, and we have a president doing everything in his power to make it that way and keep us that way," former Secretary of State Colin Powell said in remarks Tuesday night. "What a difference it will make to have a president who unites us, who restores our strength and our soul."
The message echoed Biden's key pitch to voters to "restore the soul of our democracy" -- a bet that a broad swath of Americans will value stability and consensus in Washington for the next four years.
But the emphasis on bipartisanship has vexed some liberals working to influence Biden's campaign and potential agenda.
Beyond the speaking slots, progressives have also sparred with party leaders over a provision calling to end fossil fuel subsidies in the party's platform, after months of negotiations between the Biden and Sanders camps. After reports that the provision was removed from the party's platform, a Biden aide said the candidate, who included the provision in his own climate change plan, remained "committed" to ending subsidies.
"It's almost like the party is giving the middle finger to their progressive base," William Walter, a 26-year-old Sanders delegate from Brookfield, Wisconsin, told ABC News. It shows where their priorities are and what messages they want to be sending out."
Krishna Desai, a Sanders delegate from New Hampshire, also felt slighted by the decision not to announce the total number of delegates awarded to the Vermont senator -- or the results of the vote on the party's platform, which was rejected by some Sanders delegates for not supporting "Medicare for All."
"If the message is unity, not releasing platform vote totals is another indication that progressive delegates have not been heard," she said.
"Dissatisfaction and disinterest amongst progressives, delegate or not, is growing and it would be a mistake to ignore that, especially because voters are actively being disenfranchised and who comes out of this winning might end up being a question of turnout," Desai said.
Organizers and party leaders have pushed back on the criticism of the list of speakers, and the week's proceedings -- pointing to the fact that Sanders was given eight minutes to address the convention earlier this week, in one of the longer speaking slots.
"We are saying through all of our programming that everyone has a seat in the Democratic Party family," DNC Chairman Tom Perez told the Associated Press earlier this week. "We're proud of our big tent. We're proud of our diversity, we welcome our diversity. We embrace our diversity."
In public and private this week, Sanders urged his supporters to back Biden, warning that another four years of Trump in the White House would be worse for the progressive movement, and proposals like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.
"If Donald Trump is elected again, we really have no chance at pushing, at furthering these issues," Randy Bryce, a former Wisconsin congressional candidate, said of Sanders' pitch to Midwestern delegates in a Zoom call Wednesday morning. "With someone like Joe Biden elected president, there's at least a chance."
Ocasio-Cortez, who criticized news outlets for suggesting she had snubbed Biden in her procedural role affirming Sanders' presidential nomination, made a similar point in an Instagram livestream Wednesday evening
"It's also really important, that the moment that Joe Biden is elected, that we continue our fight for guaranteed health care, we continue our fight for living wages," she said to followers.
-- ABC News' Benjamin Siegel and Cheyenne Haslett
7:34 p.m. Pence attacks Democrats for not going to Wisconsin for DNC
Campaigning in the battleground state of Wisconsin this afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence wasted no time criticizing Democrats for cancelling their in-person convention in Milwaukee this week, singling out Joe Biden for not having stepped foot in the state since 2018.
"You all are a sight for sore eyes, because I've been having to watch the Democratic National Convention the last two days," Pence said jokingly to a mostly mask-less crowd inside a manufacturing facility.
This week alone, the Trump campaign has capitalized on Democrats skipping out on Wisconsin and have seen stops by Pence, President Donald Trump and the president's son Eric Trump.
"I did hear the Democrats were supposed to have their national convention in Wisconsin, but they couldn't make it. Of course that's really nothing new. You know I heard on the way here that Joe Biden hasn't actually been to Wisconsin in 659 days. In fact, the last time you saw a Democratic nominee for president in this Badger State was back in 2012. Well, I'm here to tell you get used to seeing us because President Donald Trump and I are gonna be back to Wisconsin again and again to earn 4 more years in the White House."
The Republican National Convention next week will be a mix of in-person and virtual events.
-- ABC News' Justin Gomez
7:27 p.m. Biden remembers John Lewis in DNC Black caucus remarks
As he did for the DNC Hispanic Caucus, Joe Biden also pre-taped remarks to the DNC Black Caucus, stressing party unity while evoking the memory of Rep. John Lewis. Biden's remarks lasted a little over two and half minutes.
Biden started his remarks thanking the Black Caucus for ensuring that the DNC is a "party worthy of leadership, a party that lives up and advances the highest standards of our nation."
Biden focused his remarks on remembering Lewis, who Biden said he, like the rest of the country, has been thinking about often -- noting that he would encourage the party to continue the fight to eradicate injustice and inequality that still exists within the country.
"You know, nobody embodies the qualities of our party, of our nation, to strive for better results, than John Lewis. Resilience in the face of hardship, faith in the face of adversity, purpose in the face of pain," Biden said. "We all know what John would say. He'd say, 'March on. Keep the faith.'"
"That's what democracy demands of us. It's what America demands of us. We owe it to John, the people and to ourselves to unify this nation around its highest ideals. To have the backs of Americans who are struggling to get by; To strip bias out of American life; to fight for greater equity and justice in every part of our society; put the American dream with the reach of Black Americans, who have been denied their fair shot for So -- well, quite frankly, from the beginning. It's up to us to carry John's legacy forward. It's our charge now. We've a lot of work ahead.
-- ABC News' Beatrice Peterson and Molly Nagle
7:11 p.m. Democrats quietly adopt platform that sought to tame doubts over progressive-moderate divide
Democrats formally adopted a new party platform on Tuesday night, bringing an end to the intraparty dispute between the moderate and progressive wings that persisted for a year throughout the primary. But the mainstay document, which outlines their agenda and vision for the next four years, also inscribes in print the divisions still lingering just under the surface, with major tenets of the progressive movement left out of the final text.
On the second night of the gathering, the co-chairs of the three standing committees to the convention -- credentials, rules and platform -- capped off official business with pre-recorded videos announcing that delegates approved their pro-forma work.
Just before the flair of Tuesday night's roll call, or the scattered appearances by the nominee himself, the platform committee co-chairs touted their efforts to bridge the gap between the two ideological tribes of the party, without ever landing at the words "approved" or announcing the result of the vote on the platform. Convention officials did not respond to ABC News' multiple requests for the final vote tally, but confirmed it was adopted.
"Our committee has produced a platform that proposes solutions to the challenges that American families face in this unprecedented time," said Denis McDonough, the former White House chief of staff under Obama and the co-chair of the 2020 platform committee, in a pre-recorded video. "I strongly believe that this platform lays out an agenda, informed by the values that will defeat Donald Trump and heal the soul of our nation."
Although the entire segment was a procedural step, and took place before the official start to the convention proceedings, it marked a subtle, yet not unnoticed turn in the protracted fight for Democrats.
Leading into Tuesday, some allies of former 2020 contender Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have criticized the non-binding platform for not going far enough on some of their policy priorities -- mainly health care -- and the vision they had for the party's next four years. Some even dissented over the single nod to "Medicare for All" in the party's blueprint, instead of a full embrace of the issue that was a cornerstone of Sanders' campaign. The platform also features no mention of the Green New Deal or "defund the police."
Without the final tally, it remains unclear just how many delegates aligned with the left ultimately opposed the 92-page document -- and underscores some of the concerns progressives have about the direction of the party moving forward.
-- ABC News' Kendall Karson
7 p.m. Overview of Tuesday's primetime program:
'A More Perfect Union'
Welcome to Wisconsin - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers
'A More Perfect Society'
Introduction - Kerry Washington, American actress
'A More Perfect Union Means...Ending Gun Violence'
"America Rising: March for our Lives" - Featuring activist and Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez
Remarks - DeAndra Dycus, a mother whose son was left paralyzed by a stray bullet at the age of 13
Remarks - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.
A More Perfect Union...Means Tackling Climate Change
Remarks - New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
The Biden Plan: Climate Change - A video focused on Biden's plan to combat climate change and secure a clean-energy future, narrated by an IBEW union worker from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
A Conversation with Young Climate Activists - Young organizers talk about how they're taking control of their future and speak to why Biden as a leader
Performance - Billie Eilish, American singer-songwriter
A More Perfect Union...Means Keeping Immigrant Families Together
"A Letter to Trump on Immigration" - "Mr. President, you tore our world apart."
Remarks - Silvia Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant in North Carolina, with her daughters Jessica, who is a Dreamer, and Lucy
America Rising: Immigrants Rebuilding America - A video highlighting the contributions of immigrants and refugees in America
Performance - Prince Royce, Dominican-American singer-songwriter
A More Perfect Union...Means Women Lead
America Rising: From Women's Suffrage to the Women's March - A video highlighting this week's the 100th anniversary since women won the right to vote
Remarks - Former Secretary of State and New York Senator Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic nominee for president
Remarks - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Remarks - American actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, CEO and president of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "It's On Us" at-large regional advisor Carly Dryden Ruth Glenn
"When You See Something Wrong" - A video highlighting Joe Biden's leadership on the Violence Against Women Act and its legacy
'A More Perfect Economy
Remarks - Former Secretary of Labor and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
"You Built America" - A More Perfect Union: A Conversation on the Economy with Biden
"America Recovering" - Senator Sherrod Brown D-Ohio, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa talk to small business owners in their communities about how they're struggling in Trump's economy
Remarks - Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
'More Perfect Leadership'
Remarks - Former President Barack Obama
Nominating Speech - Maya Harris, Meena Harris, and Ella Emhoff
Remarks - Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., 2020 Democratic nominee for vice president
Performance - Jennifer Hudson, American singer and actress
7 p.m. Warren's speech previewed
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's five-minute speech will be delivered during the 10 p.m. prime-time hour, according to a source familiar with the schedule, during the "more perfect economy" section of the night. She will discuss the failed federal response to the pandemic and talk about Biden's and Harris's plans to build the economy back better, according to the source.
A former elementary school teacher and law professor, Warren will deliver her speech from the Springfield Early Childhood Education Center, a 150-student pre-K and kindergarten school run by the city. The center closed in March and isn't expected to open back up until November.
Given the location of her speech, as well as her background as a single mother when her children were young, it's likely Warren will also focus on the burdens of paying for child care in America.
7 p.m. Preview of Wednesday's schedule
"America is not going back to where it was before Donald Trump's mismanagement of the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis, because for too many people, that wasn't good enough. As he leads us out of crisis, Joe Biden will help build back better," the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a release on Wednesday's program. "He will have a historic partner in these efforts: the first female vice president."
Harris, California's junior senator who at age 55 is more than 20 years younger than her 77-year-old running mate, offers the prospect of energizing younger and more progressive voters who have lamented Biden as the nominee.
Wednesday's primetime programming also includes speeches from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Biden's former campaign trail opponent Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and the party's 2016 nominee for president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday's lineup of speakers:
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers
- New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
- Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
- Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, the Vice Presidential Nominee
- Former President Barack Obama
- Billie Eilish
- Jennifer Hudson