DemDaily: Candidates Court Crowd at DNC

August 23, 2019

Cory Booker spoke at I Will Vote Gala

Following a day of council meetings and caucuses, Democrats ventured to San Francisco's famous Fairmont Hotel Thursday night to hobnob and celebrate with fellow delegates and donors at the DNC's I Will Vote Gala.

California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to an spirited crowd of 500, with featured speakers and presidential contenders Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Cory Booker (NJ).

Then this morning, in characteristic fashion, DNC Chair Tom Perez kicked off day two of the DNC's Summer Meeting with a rousing speech touching on the Party's major platform issues.

Nancy Pelosi reminded us why she is one of the country's most powerful and capable women with an inspiring speech following a 10 minute video tribute to her "bawdass" accomplishments.

Pelosi owned the House (Ben Margot/AP)

All was dwarfed, however, by the passionate dialogue and delivery of Reverend Dr. William Barber, a favorite at DNC gatherings.

Then thirteen presidential candidates took the stage, one-by-one before the 447 DNC members, along with hundreds of guests and press. The 5 hours courtship included eight minute appeals by each candidate amidst cheering, clapping and dramatic pauses.

The candidates: Michael Bennet, Joe Sestak, Tim Ryan, Seth Moulton, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar,  Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.

Rev Dr. William Barber brought down the House, "When we join hands..."

Former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning in New Hampshire, sent a video, as did Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand and Beto O'Rourke.

Congressman Seth Moulton utilized the opportunity to get in a final few words about the issues before  announcing he was withdrawing from the presidential contest, and would be instead running for reelection to his congressional seat in Massachusetts.

This evening the DNC officially welcomes its members and guests at a reception before wrapping up tomorrow with the regional caucuses and the General Session.

Among the topics of discussion -- next year's Democratic Convention, scheduled for July 13th-16th in Milwaukee.

DemList will keep you informed.

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