Social issues and national security will be highlighted during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday leading up to Hillary Clinton accepting her party’s presidential nomination. And expect lots of “Stronger Together” signs to be distributed on the floor.
In a nod to the liberal base, conventioneers will hear from Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, and from Chad Griffin, president of the LGBT advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign. New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, co-chairman of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, will also address the delegates.
But Democrats will work to sway moderates, too, with a message of strong national security, and an addresses from a Republican who supports Clinton.
Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, who endorsed Clinton on Monday, will tell the convention why he backed her. Allen said Monday that he had always avoided politics, but “given the complexities of issues facing our country today and its longtime allies, I felt compelled to speak up and be heard.”
“I have no doubt that she is the leader we need at this time to keep our country safe, and I trust her with that most sacred responsibility of commander in chief,” he said in a Clinton campaign news release.
Jennifer Pierotti Lim, who works at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a co-founder of “Republican Women for Hillary,” will make an appeal to moderates.
Henrietta Ivey, a home health care worker whom Clinton met during a campaign stop in Michigan, will address the convention first. Ivey is an advocate for the “Fight for $15” movement that wants to raise the minimum wage.
Beth Mathias, who works two jobs and met Clinton at a roundtable discussion in Ohio, will talk about how the Democratic nominee supports working families like hers.
Then Jensen Walcott and Jake Reed will address equal pay for woman. Walcott was fired from her job at a pizza restaurant after she went to her boss when she found out that her co-worker and friend Reed was making a quarter more an hour. Clinton read about Walcott and Reed’s story and encouraged them to keep fighting for equal pay.
Chelsea Clinton will then introduce her mother and testify to her character and her heart.
Here’s the full lineup for tonight.