President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly are among the speakers set to take the stage at the penultimate night of the Democratic National Convention.
After two nights that focused on unifying the party, improving relations between police and minorities and celebrating Hillary Clinton’s shattering of the glass ceiling, Wednesday’s docket will likely concentrate on Clinton’s foreign policy experience, with speakers like Rear Admiral John Hutson, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Sharon Belkofer, the mother of a soldier killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul, all scheduled to take the Philadelphia stage.
The issue of gun control and the party’s platform on that topic will also be discussed, as two survivors of the Charleston church shooting, the mother of the principal in the Sandy Hook massacre and Christine Leinonen, the mother of a Pulse nightclub victim, among those to speak Wednesday. Connecticut senator Chris Murphy, who filibustered on the senate floor for 15 hours in an effort to spark gun reform, will also come to the podium.
Like previous nights, the DNC also mixes in some celebrity presenters – tonight, it’s Angela Bassett, Sigourney Weaver and director Lee Daniels – alongside a musical performance by Lenny Kravitz.