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Statement from ODP Chair David Pepper:
What a week! The Democratic National Convention brought together Democrats from across the country — even from around the world — to the City of Brotherly Love, as our party united around our presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Ohioans were front and center throughout the week’s festivities. As I said to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Ohioans represent the story of America — its diversity, its struggles, its opportunities, its heroes. It’s been so wonderful to see so many of those Ohio stories featured throughout this convention.” Ohio had the honor of having the convention’s oldest delegate, Ruby Gilliam, who opened the convention with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge was named permanent chair of the convention, and she gaveled in and gaveled out each evening’s proceedings, presiding with authority and generosity of spirit.
On Night One, one of our Main Street Initiative candidates who won in 2015, Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney, spoke to the delegates about the resurgence he’s seen in his city. I told the Chillicothe Gazette, “Luke’s win last year was one of our biggest victories in the state, and a key part of our broader strategy to win at the local level in every corner of the state. His speaking… shows the national party agrees with that vision — that a strong party starts with building a strong bench of public servants starting at the local level.”
Night Two was the roll call of the states, and it was a thrilling and emotional night, as Sen. Bernie Sanders stood with his fellow Vermonters and called for the Democratic nomination to be decided by acclimation. This magnanimous gesture helped to unify our party, and we are grateful to the senator and his supporters for their energy, enthusiasm and commitment. As the Ohio delegation cast our votes, Jim Obergefell joined us and proclaimed that “Love Trumps Hate.”
On Night Three we saw speeches from vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, Vice President Joe Biden and a touching, inspirational speech from President Barack Obama that reminded us all of who we are and what we stand for as Americans. In addition, we heard from Sharon Belkofer, a Gold Star mother and school board member from Wood County, who introduced the president saying, “He’s never forgotten this little old lady in Ohio who has always had his back.”
The final night of the convention made history, as Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president. After this week, the American people now know the woman and the values that motivate her. Hillary has spent her life fighting to help women, children and those who have been forgotten or left behind. She provided health care for children, delivered for the victims of 9/11 and protected women and girls across the globe as Secretary of State.
Ohioans were prominent on the stage Thursday night, as well. Beth Mathias of Marion shared her story of working two jobs in order to make ends meet for her family of four, saying, “Even though every day is a struggle we don’t want a handout, we want a hand up to help us out.”
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty delivered a stem winder of a speech, explaining that Americans want “a commander-in-chief, not a divider-in-chief.” (She also had the most-talked-about outfit of the night.)
With a speech that touted Hillary’s plans to help the middle class, Congressman Tim Ryan contrasted her agenda with Donald Trump’s record of hurting workers and businesses. Ryan said, “Trump got rich ripping people off; stiffing small businesses and contractors. Now he says he’s gonna bring back our jobs? Hey, Ohio, don’t buy it.”
The final Ohioan to take the stage was U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. He told the delegates, “I’ve been fighting for a trade agenda for more than 20 years that puts American workers first. And I can tell you, in all those years, I’ve never even seen Donald Trump. No, the only thing I’ve seen Donald Trump do when it comes to U.S. trade policy is run his mouth and line his pockets.”
With the Republican and Democratic conventions wrapped up, we now move into the most important part of the campaign. We have 100 days until Election Day — and early voting starts even sooner than that! We must put Hillary Clinton in the White House, send Ted Strickland to the Senate and elect Judge Cynthia Rice and Judge John O’Donnell to the Ohio Supreme Court. In addition, we must continue to invest in and support state and local candidates across the state in 2016 and beyond.
This week brought a spotlight on many of our talented elected officials and candidates we have in the Ohio Democratic Party. It is my privilege and honor to work with all of you as we build a bench of public servants who are committed to making Ohioans’ lives better and our communities stronger.
Thank you for your support — let’s win this!
Senator Bernie Sanders speech transcript | Time
“In these stressful times for our country,
this election must be about bringing our people together,
not dividing us up.”
“Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity
is one of our greatest strengths.”
First Lady Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama speech transcript | Vox
“In this election, we can not afford to be tired,
or frustrated, or cynical.
We need to do what we did 8 years ago.”
“Our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi – video | ABC News
“It’s fabulous that we would have a woman president
and I believe she will walk into that Oval Office
one of the best prepared people to do so in our country’s history,
however, it’s because she is the best,
not because she’s a woman.”
President Bill Clinton speech transcript | CNN
Hillary is “the best darn change-maker
I ever met in my entire life.”
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg speech transcript – Vox
“But whatever our disagreements may be,
I’ve come here to say:
We must put them aside for the good of our country.
And we must united around the candidate who can
defeat a dangerous demagogue.”
Vice President Joe Biden speech transcript | Newsweek
“There’s only one person in this race who will be there, who’s always been there for you,
and that’s Hillary Clinton’s life story.
It’s not just who she is, it’s her life story.
She’s always there. She’s always been there.
And so has Tim Kaine.”
President Barack Obama speech transcript | LA Times
“And there is only one candidate in this race who believes in that future,
has devoted her life to that future;
a mother and a grandmother who would do anything
to help our children thrive;
a leader with real plans to break down barriers,
and blast through glass ceilings,
and widen the circle of opportunity to every single American —
the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.”
Senator Tim Kaine, candidate for U.S. Vice President speech transcript | Time
“And we share this basic belief, it’s simple.
Do all the good you can and serve one another.
And that is what Hillary Clinton is about.”
Khizr Khan speech – video | CNN
“This is a historic election,
and I request to honor the sacrifice of my son —
and on election day, take the time to get out and vote.
And vote for the healer.
Vote for the strongest, most qualified candidate,
Hillary Clinton, not the divider.”
Retired General John Allen speech transcript | CNN
“My fellow Americans, I tell you without hesitation
or reservation that Hillary Clinton will be exactly,
exactly the kind of commander-in-chief America needs.
I know this because I served with her.”
Chelsea Clinton speech transcript | Vox
“…she never, ever forgets who she is fighting for.”
“She’s a listener, a doer.
She is a woman driven by compassion, by faith,
but a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love.”
Secretary Hillary Clinton speech transcript | NY Times
“‘Stronger Together’ is not just a lesson from our history.
It’s not just a slogan for our campaign.
It’s a guiding principle for the country
we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build.”
“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
The 2016 Democratic National Convention is the gathering at which delegates of the United States Democratic Party will choose their nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2016 national election. It will be held July 25–28, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia was selected by the Democratic National Committee on February 12, 2015 as the host city for the party’s 2016 Convention. The primary venue, where the nominee will be selected, will be the Wells Fargo Center. The Pennsylvania Convention Center will also be used for some events.
The 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was the official and federally designated presidential convention host committee for the convention, charged with the task of raising the necessary funds to hold the convention. The Host Committee is composed of ten prominent Philadelphia business executives, civic and other community leaders. The Reverend Leah Daughtry is the CEO.