DNC 2020: All the Highlights From Night Two


The road to Election Day continues full steam ahead.

The 2020 Democratic National Convention continued on Tuesday with its second night, including a new roster of virtual speeches, including an address by former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, a virtual roll-call from 57 states and US territories, and a look at the lives of Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.

Look at the top moments from last night below.

Jill Biden's audition — and a look at her history with Joe

After a video showcased the history of how she first met Joe Biden and the lives they've built through the years, former Second Lady Jill Biden spoke from inside the Delaware high school she taught English in the '90s.

She then drew parallels between Joe as a family man and as a leader.


"How do you make a broken family whole? The same way you make a nation whole," she said. "With love and understanding -- and with small acts of kindness. With bravery. With unwavering faith. You show up for each other, in big ways and small ones, again and again."

She continued: "I know that if we entrust this nation to Joe, he will do for your family what he did for ours. Bring us together and make us whole. Carry us forward in our time of need. Keep the promise of America, for all of us."

After finishing her speech, Joe Biden came out and returned the compliment to his wife by saying, "She's the strongest person I know."

The DNC reaches across the aisle

Late Arizona Sen. John McCain's widow Cindy McCain crossed party lines to make an appearance at the virtual convention. In a clip, she spoke of her husband's over 30 year bipartisan friendship with Joe Biden. “They would just sit and joke,” she said in the video. “It was like a comedy show, sometimes, to watch the two of them.”

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a member of the Republican party, also delivered remarks in support of Biden. "[Joe Biden] will trust our diplomats and our intelligence community, not the flattery of dictators and despots," Powell said. "He will make it his job to know when anyone dares to threaten us. He will stand up to our adversaries with strength and experience."

John Kerry's bold words for Trump

Former Secretary of State John Kerry began his speech by rallying against President Trump. “When this president goes overseas, it isn’t a goodwill mission. It’s a blooper reel," Kerry said. "He breaks up with our allies and writes love letters to dictators. America deserves a president who is looked up to, not laughed at.”

A celebratory interlude

After tallying the delegate votes from the virtual roll call and clinching the nomination, Joe and Jill Biden appeared on screen as "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang played in the background. "Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart," Biden said. "It means the world to me and my family and I’ll see you all on Thursday."

A virtual roll call from around the country

Representatives began a virtual roll call where people from all 57 states and territories announce their choice for the Democratic nominee. While most bids went for Biden, there were two representatives who voiced support for Senator Bernie Sanders, one of which was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


“In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep systemic solutions…I hereby second the nomination of Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president of the United States of America," Cortez said.

Bill Clinton on next president: 'A man with a mission'

Former President Bill Clinton made a case for Biden by saying he would bring the polarized nation together.


"Our party is united in offering you a very different choice: a go-to-work president," Clinton said. "A man with a mission: to take responsibility, not shift the blame; concentrate, not distract; unite, not divide. Our choice is Joe Biden. Joe helped bring us back from a recession before, and he can do it again."

Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter show support for Joe Biden

Former President Jimmy Carter, joined by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, honored Joe Biden's character. "For decades, he has been my loyal and dedicated friend," the former president said. "Joe has the experience, character, and decency to bring us together and restore America’s greatness. We deserve a person with integrity and judgment, someone who is honest and fair, someone who is committed to what is best for the American people."

Chuck Schumer addresses the nation in front of the Statue of Liberty

Senator Chuck Schumer spoke with the Statue of Liberty in the background and kept it direct. “Donald Trump has divided our country, diminished our greatness and demeaned everything that this statue represents," he said.

Schumer then pointed out what a Biden presidency would accomplish.

"We will make health care affordable for all. We'll undue the vicious inequality of income and wealth that has plagued America for far too long and we'll take strong decisive action to combat climate change and save the planet," Schumer continued. "We will protect voting rights, fight systemic racism in the criminal justice system and in our economy, and restore a Supreme Court that looks out for people not corporations. We'll rebuild our infrastructure and make sure every home from inner city to rural America has broadband. We will save the post office and once and for all defeat Covid-19, this evil disease. And beckoned by the lady behind us, we will reform our immigration system so that immigrants yearning to breathe free will at last become American citizens."

Sally Yates: 'The future of our democracy is at stake'

Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates didn't mince words and began by stating, “The future of our democracy is at stake.” Yates, who was fired from her job in President Trump's administration, made her case for Biden by adding, “This is our country’s moment of need...We need a president who will restore the soul of our country.”

The show kicks off with a keynote address and the night's moderator Tracee Ellis Ross

The night's moderator Tracee Ellis Ross started by proclaiming "tonight is all about leadership."

The second night of the Democratic National Convention kicked off with a keynote address featuring 17 rising stars in the party. Among the participants were Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta from Pennsylvania, and State Rep. Victoria Neave from Texas. "There is one person that is looking out for us - all of us," the group said together. "And that is Joe Biden."

DNC 2020: Tuesday night show

During this week's events, Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will accept his nomination from Delaware, near his home. Kamala Harris is also set to accept her nomination as Vice President on this year's party ticket.

While the coronavirus pandemic forced this year's convention to alter its normal protocol of speeches being delivered from the convention stage, tonight's program will also feature a virtual roll call of all the states, according to NBC News. The longstanding convention tradition typically sees Democrats from 57 states and territories delivering facts and interesting trivia about the areas they represent.

Tonight's keynote speech will also differ from years past when one up and coming Democrat was picked to speak. In 2004, Illinois state senator Barack Obama gained national prominence after delivering his remarks at the convention. Instead, this year's keynote address will be delivered by a diverse group of 17 rising stars in the party, including Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, according to ABC News.

The night is expected to conclude with words from Joe Biden's wife, former Second Lady Jill Biden.

The night 2 speakers are as follows:
Tracee Ellis Ross (emcee)
Keynote Address
Roll Call Across America
Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Former Secretary of State John Kerry
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester
Former President Bill Clinton
Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden

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