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LIVE BLOG: President Obama To Headline Third Night Of DNC

Attendees cheer during the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

The third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia began with a little bit of drama: The convention took up a motion to nominate Tim Kaine as the party's vice presidential candidate.

Rep. Marcia Fudge moved to approve the nomination by acclamation. Most of the delegates obliged and Kaine was officially nominated. But for about a minute, supporters of Bernie Sanders who oppose Kaine demanded a roll call vote.

Here's a bit of what's happened and what's coming up:

-- Part of the program today was devoted to gun violence: Christine Leinonen, whose son was killed at the shooting at Pulse night club in Orlando, called for a ban on assault weapons.

Erica Smegielski, whose mother was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary, said the world does not need another politician to "cower behind the gun lobby." Instead, she said referring to Hillary Clinton, the country needs "another mother who is willing to do what's right."

-- The headliner will be President Barack Obama. He is speaking 12-years to the day when he delivered a speech to the DNC in Boston. That speech catapulted an aspiring senator to the national stage and eventually led him to the White House.

-- Tim Kaine is expected to accept his nomination as the presidential nominee.

-- Vice President Joe Biden will also make an appearance.

We've posted a live stream of the proceedings at the top of this post. We'll also update this post as the night develops.

Update at 8:03 p.m. ET. 'Ending Gun Violence:'

The crowd at the arena grew quiet as Christine Leinonen began speaking.

Leinonen's son, Christopher, was killed at the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Plaintively, she pointed out that an assault weapons ban was in place when Christopher was born.

"Where was that common sense gun law, when he died?" she said. "I never want you to ask that question about your child. That's why I support Hillary Clinton."

Erica Smegielski, who's mother, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, was killed during a mass shooting, said that Clinton is the candidate to stand up to the gun lobby.

"I'm here alone, without my mother, while too many politicians cower behind the gun lobby instead of standing with American families," Smegielski said.

And what the world needs now, she said, is not another one of those politicians.

"We don't need our teachers and principals going to work in fear," she said. "What we need is another mother who's willing to do what's right. Who's bravery can live up in equal measure to my mom's."

Update at 7:46 p.m. ET. On Climate Change:

California Gov. Jerry Brown left no doubt that the Democratic party believes that Climate is real.

"Trump says global warming is a hoax," Brown said. "I say Donald Trump is a fraud."

Update at 7:15 p.m. ET. Harry Reid Rips Republicans:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid delivered perhaps the most stinging rebuke of Republicans and their presidential nominee Donald Trump that we've seen at the DNC. He said this about the Republican majority leader:

"I have never seen anything more craven than Mitch McConnell and what he has done to our democracy. His Republican Party decided that the answer to hard-working Americans' dreams is to slander our African-American President, stoke fear of Muslims, sow hatred of Latinos, insult Asians, and, of course, wage war against women."

And this about Trump:

"When Trump decided to run for president, he probably said to himself, 'I'm an egomaniac. I don't believe in science. I think women are inferior. Where would I feel at home?'"


"Parents: You're right to worry about your children hearing what comes out of Donald Trump's mouth. Republicans: You should have been careful, also, because Donald learned it from watching you!"

Update at 7:07 p.m. ET. Excerpts From Obama's Speech:

The White House has released two excerpts from President Obama's speech. They show that Obama will paint an optimistic picture of the country.

"As I've traveled this country, through all fifty states; as I've rejoiced with you and mourned with you, what I've also seen, more than anything, is what is right with America," Obama will say. "I see people working hard and starting businesses; people teaching kids and serving our country. I see a younger generation full of energy and new ideas, unconstrained by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be."

Obama will also praise Clinton for having the experience and tenacity needed to be president.

"Even in the middle of crisis, she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect," Obama will said. "And no matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits."

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