Hillary Clinton could the first woman to take the presidential oath of office — maybe with a female vice president. But before any of that could happen, she has to get through the formal nomination process at the Democratic Party’s national convention from July 25 to 28 in Philadelphia.
But there are some land mines out there that could make the convention memorable…for the wrong reasons. Here are a few things to look for:
One of the big questions is whether Democrats will unite behind Clinton. She was long considered the inevitable party nominee, but in the course of the primary season, many in the party began to feel the Bern.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders put together a stronger than anticipated challenge that gathered steam and gave voice to a generation of mostly young liberals who oppose Clinton’s nomination. Many of them have vowed not to support Clinton.
Anti-Hillary protesters are making travel arrangements in preparation for street demonstrations in support of Sanders. NBC News reports they are a “loosely-based network of mostly young people” who are coordinating their efforts on social media. Some of the leaders said they’re frustrated with the political system and its close ties with Wall Street and lobbyists.
Some of the most vociferous groups, organizing on Facebook under the Occupy DNC Movement, have described Clinton’s nomination as “fraudulent” and vow to “fight for the will of the people (Bernie Sanders’s nomination).”
Sanders, an Independent, stands at the center of the political drama. Up to this point, he has given lukewarm support to his primary election rival. Sanders promised to work with Clinton to make sure Donald Trump loses on Election Day, but he has not yet endorsed her nomination, as CNN noted.
Sanders told USA Today that he’s ready to fight on the convention floor if the party declines to adopt more progressive positions in its platform on issues that matter to him and his supporters.
On July 1, a 15-member subcommittee released a draft of the Democratic Party’s platform. NBC News called it “the most progressive platform in the party’s history.” It now goes to the 187-member platform committee for a vote on July 8 and 9, with much of what Sanders and his supporters want.
But Politico reported that many in the Sanders camp are not completely satisfied with the proposed platform. They’re taking issue, among other things, with the draft’s positions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Medicare expansion, and fracking. The senator and his supporters are gearing up for a fight later this week when the committee votes on the draft — and on the convention floor if necessary.
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DeRay Mckesson, a leader in the group, told the newspaper that BLM wants to see an endorsement of the $15-an-hour minimum wage, as well as strong language on criminal justice and community oversight of law enforcement.
USA Today said he gave Clinton a thumbs-up for proposals to reduce the wealth gap between Whites and people of color and her promise to increase funding to the Justice Department for civil rights enforcement. But like other activists, BLM members have travel plans that will take them to the City of Brotherly Love.
Who will Clinton choose as her running mate? Several names are floating around: Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Labor Sec. Tom Perez, and HUD Sec. Julian Castro.
And of course, there is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has already been on the presidential campaign trail with Clinton. Warren, who is popular with the progressive wing of the party, endorsed Clinton and has exchanged fire with Trump.