After a turbulent opening day dominated chiefly by Bernie Sanders and his ardent supporters, the Democratic National Convention will center Tuesday on telling Hillary Clinton’s story, her campaign said Tuesday.
Chief surrogate Bill Clinton will be among the speakers, vouching for his wife amid polls that suggest many Americans don’t trust her. She will also be formally installed as the first woman nominee of a major political party in the U.S. The campaign wouldn’t say who will put her name into nomination.
“It’s often been said that she is the most famous, least known person in the country,” Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri said. “People know her resume, her big jobs. What we want people to know tonight is what is that core value.”
Other speakers will include Sept. 11 survivors that Clinton assisted as a New York senator, as well as Arkansans the campaign says Clinton aided as first lady of the state when her husband was governor.
“We’re asking people to put their faith in her, let her prove that they can count on her and she can deliver for them,” Palmieri said.
Clinton will not be in Philadelphia to see her husband’s address, but will watch from their home in New York, Palmieri said.
The campaign will also be looking to contrast Clinton with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said spokeswoman Karen Finney.
“While Hillary Clinton is someone who has worked on behalf of children and families, you have Donald Trump who has tried to make money off the most vulnerable among us, she said.
After an opening day marked by cheers for Sanders and protests by his supporters, Clinton’s campaign said it expects a more-unified convention moving forward, after what Finney called a “full-throated endorsement” of Clinton by Sanders, along with prominent backers, Sarah Silverman and Rep. Keith Ellison.
“We believe coming out of the convention, we will be more unified than ever,” she said.