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Democratic Convention Back on Message in Primetime

The 2016 Democratic National ConventionThe 2016 Democratic National Convention
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaBloomberg via Getty Images

The Democratic National Convention was off to a rocky start before it even had a chance to get started, but by the time primetime rolled around on Monday night in Philadelphia, Democrats were back on-message.

While the convention opened with boos and protests from upset supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the protests had mostly quieted by the time the night’s keynote speakers took the stage.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, First Lady Michelle Obama and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren all gave well-received speeches, although chants broke out during parts of their speeches, as when a group of disgruntled delegates shouted “We trusted you!” at Warren.

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Obama’s speech had some in the audience in tears, as she spoke about waking up every day in a house built by slaves and talked about the importance of role models in national politics.

“Because of Hillary Clinton my daughters now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States,” Obama said.

Democrats had said the convention would be more optimistic than the Republican national convention, which featured speakers warning of the dangers of terrorism and crime. The primetime speakers mostly stuck to that message, reserving their fire for Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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