Friday, January 19, 2018
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Obama calls 65,000 who had tickets to see him at stadium

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obama phones 65,000 invited to stadium speech

On a conference call for the 65,000 people who had been given tickets to hear him accept the nomination Thursday night in the Bank of America Stadium, President Barack Obama said, "I regret that we're not all gathering in one place to deliver my acceptance speech tonight.'' But, he said, "I could not ask you, our volunteers, our law enforcement, first responders to subject themselves to the risks of severe thunderstorms. . . . We can't let a little thunder and lightning get us down." He also offered praise for some of the people who spoke at the first and second nights of the convention. "Michelle? What can I say? I'm a little biased, but she was unbelievable," he said of the first lady's Tuesday night finale. On Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton "broke down the issues as effectively as anybody could."

Clinton to campaign in Florida next week

Former President Clinton plans to campaign for Obama in Florida and Ohio next week, seeking to bring the momentum of his convention speech to the nation's two largest battleground states. Obama's campaign said details of Clinton's itinerary were still being finalized Thursday. Clinton has said he would campaign extensively for the ticket this fall.

Julian Castro calls Rubio 'very talented'

Many times during Julian Castro's keynote speech Tuesday he sounded strikingly like Sen. Marco Rubio, delivering a sweeping take on the American Dream through his immigrant parents. Both are Hispanic, young and considered future party leaders. What does Castro, mayor of San Antonio, Texas, think of Rubio? "He's a compelling speaker, obviously a great story, very talented. I wish him well," Castro, 37, told the Tampa Bay Times. "He and I disagree on policy but he did a good job at the Republican convention. ... I just think he's wrong on policy." Rubio, 41, has made steps to pull the GOP into a more moderate stance on immigration. "What's really going to matter is the actions ... he takes in the future. His Dream Act alternative got scuttled. It didn't really work out. It just depends on what legislation he proposes, what positions he takes in the future. ... What (the GOP) is selling is hard to convince people with right now, even if he is the one delivering the message."

Son's speech brings VP Biden to tears

The undercard of the Democratic ticket was formally set, with the nomination, by acclamation, of Joe Biden as a candidate for another term as vice president. Biden's son, Beau Biden, handled the honors, paying tribute to his father as a leader who keeps his promises, not least to America's veterans. The younger Biden, an Iraq veteran who serves as attorney general of Delaware, recalled telling the last Democratic convention to be there for his father as Beau Biden left for the war. "I can say with certainty: he has been there for us," he said. The vice president, seen wiping away tears, and his wife, Jill, smiled and waved from their seats.

Cardinal Dolan gives Democrats equal time

The archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, gave the benediction at the convention's close Thursday night. He did the same at the Republicans' meeting last week in Tampa. He said that he was nonpartisan and would be happy to do both conventions. Still, it surprised some that Democrats invited him. Dolan, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has sharply criticized Obama over his policies on gay marriage and abortion rights, and he is one of dozens of Catholic leaders and groups suing the administration over the controversial mandate requiring Catholic hospitals and schools to provide birth control coverage to employees. His prayer followed an appearance Wednesday by Sister Simone Campbell, the head of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby and part of a group of nuns drawing fire from the Vatican.

And one watched in Asia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watched a recorded version of Bill Clinton's speech Thursday morning in Timor-Leste, 9,930 miles from the convention. The secretary was meeting with the prime minister of Timor-Leste when the speech began and was holding a news conference when it ended, according to POLITICO, citing an aide traveling with Clinton. She went to the ambassador's house, where she watched the recorded speech. Clinton was riveted and it was safe to say she loved every single minute of it, the aide told POLITICO. She was as surprised and excited as everyone when President Barack Obama joined her husband onstage, the aide said.

Football won

20M Number of people, roughly, who watched former President Bill Clinton's speech Wednesday nominating Barack Obama for president on ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and Fox: 4.6 million people watched ABC, 4.5 million watched MSNBC, 4.4 million watched CBS; 4.3 million watched CNN, and just over 3 million watched Fox News, according to the early numbers provided by CNN.

23.9M Number of people who watched the NFL season opener between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on NBC, according to early Nielsen fast nationals from NBC Sports.

Not buying it

At 31, Georgetown Law School graduate Sandra Fluke has become the youngest high-profile general fighting against what Democrats call "the war against women." She told the Washington Post that former President Clinton asked to meet her backstage after her speech Wednesday night. She said Clinton told her she did a great job, asked if she had been nervous, then volunteered: "I'm nervous. I'm nervous about going out there and getting it right for the president." To which Fluke responded, "Sir. Please."

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