Obama says he’s more optimistic about America’s future than ever
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):
It’s his final Democratic National Convention as president, and Barack Obama is saying he’s ‘‘more optimistic about the future of America than ever before.’’
Obama is speaking on the night before Hillary Clinton addresses the convention — and he’s making the case for her to continue his work.
The president says the nation has been tested by war and recession but he’s more optimistic about the country’s future.
Obama arrived to an extended ovation and chants of ‘‘Yes, we can.”
Democrats are getting a reminder of the loneliness of being president.
A video being shown before President Barack Obama takes the stage at their convention recalls the difficult decisions Obama faced as he took office amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Among the decisions Obama struggled with were whether to support a bailout of the U.S. auto industry and press for a health care overhaul.
He did both in the face of political concerns that he might not win re-election.
The video also explores Obama’s emotional reaction to the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Donald Trump’s campaign is accusing Leon Panetta — a former CIA chief and defense secretary — of turning a blind eye to what it calls Hillary Clinton’s ‘‘enablement of foreign espionage.’’
Trump adviser Stephen Miller says in a statement it’s ‘‘alarming’’ Panetta would, ‘‘through his silence,’’ condone Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.
Miller says Panetta ‘‘better than most, should know how many lives she put at risk.’’
There’s no evidence Clinton’s actions put any lives at risk.
Panetta said at the Democratic convention that Trump’s comments encouraging Russia to find and make public emails deleted by Clinton disqualified him from being commander in chief
Tim Kaine is focused on trust as he concludes his pitch — to Democrats in Philadelphia and to voters watching on TV — that Hillary Clinton should be the next president.
The Democrats’ vice presidential candidate tells his party’s convention that ‘‘we better elect the candidate who’s proven that she can be trusted with the job.’’
He adds there’s another standard that voters should consider: which candidate is ‘‘ready for the job.’’
The Virginia senator says Clinton’s ‘‘ready because of faith. She’s ready because of her heart. She’s ready because of her experience. She’s ready because she knows in America we are stronger together.’’
And here’s his closing line: ‘‘Hillary is ready. Ready to fight, ready to win, ready to lead.’’
Tim Kaine is tearing into Donald Trump as a ‘‘guy who promises a lot’’ but always follows up with the words ‘‘believe me.’’
Kaine says in his speech at the Democratic convention that ‘‘most people, when they run for president, they don’t just say ‘believe me.’ They respect you enough to tell you how they will get things done.’’
Kaine says the Republican presidential nominee has asked Americans to believe he’ll build a wall with Mexico, destroy the Islamic State group ‘‘so fast’’ — and that there’s nothing suspicious in the tax returns he won’t make public.
The Virginia senator says, ‘‘so here’s the question: Do you really believe him? Donald Trump’s whole career says you better not.’’
Tim Kaine says he knows a lot of Republican senators who say privately ‘‘how fantastic a senator that Hillary Clinton was.’’
Kaine is making his first major speech as the Democratic vice presidential nominee. And the Virginia senator is speaking about his work on the Senate Armed Services and Senate Foreign Relations Committees — as well as serving on the Senate Budget Committee with Bernie Sanders.
Kaine says that on the Senate Aging Committee, he helps seniors to make sure they’re not targeted by ‘‘rip-off artists.’’
Tim Kaine is promoting his lengthy government experience in his first major speech as the Democratic vice presidential candidate.
The Virginia senator — in a prime-time speech at the Democratic convention — is detailing his rise from a member of the Richmond City Council to the city’s mayor, to Virginia’s lieutenant governor to governor.
Kaine says if he’s good at his work, it’s because he ‘‘started at the local level listening to people, learning about their lives and trying to get results.’’
Kaine says it was hard work steering his state through the recession, but he says, ‘‘Hey, tough times don’t last - and tough people do.’’
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine says his Republican father-in-law has been voting for a lot of Democrats recently.
Kaine’s father-in-law is a former Virginia governor, Linwood Holton. Kaine tells Democrats at their national convention that his father-in-law is in attendance — at age ‘‘90-plus and going strong.’’
Kaine says his father-in-law remains a Republican, but is voting for Democrats because ‘‘any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from his party of Lincoln.’’
Kaine is inviting other voters ‘‘looking for that party of Lincoln,’’ to join the Democratic Party.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is ‘‘humbly’’ accepting his party’s nomination for vice president.
Kaine tells the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that he formally accepts the party’s nomination on behalf of his wife, Anne, ‘‘and every strong woman in this country,’’ their three children and everyone in the military.
The former governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond says he’ll run for vice president on behalf of families working to get ahead, for senior citizens hoping for a dignified retirement and for every person who wants America to be a beloved community.
And Kaine says he’ll do it for his friend and running mate, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
A video introducing Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is emphasizing his working-class roots and his service as Virginia’s governor and senator.
The video playing for convention delegates says Kaine’s life is ‘‘built on selfless humble service’’ and that he had a ‘‘Midwestern start in a working-class home in Kansas City.’’
The tribute notes his work as a civil rights lawyer, commitment to family and work to bring Virginia together after a shooting at Virginia Tech while he was governor
Vice President Joe Biden is calling Vladimir Putin a ‘‘dictator’’ — a term the U.S. government doesn’t use when referring to the Russian president.
Biden says in his speech at the Democratic convention that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is belittling U.S. allies while embracing ‘‘dictators like Vladimir Putin.’’
Earlier in the day, Trump said: ‘‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.’’ He was referring to emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server as secretary of state that she said she deleted — because they were private — before turning other messages over to the State Department.
The U.S. regularly chastises Putin for cracking down on dissent, but doesn’t consider Russia a dictatorship. Putin has won three presidential elections, most recently in 2012.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is endorsing Hillary Clinton — and that’s giving her the support of an independent who says he votes based on the candidate, ‘‘not the party label.’’
Bloomberg says at the Democratic National Convention that the country must unite around Clinton because she can ‘‘defeat a dangerous demagogue.’’
He’s offering a tough critique of businessman Donald Trump, saying, ‘‘I’m a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one.’’
Bloomberg points to his work to build a business and compares that with Trump’s beginning in real estate:
‘‘I didn’t start it with a million dollar check from my father.’’
Vice President Joe Biden has wrapped up his speech to the Democratic convention by making a forceful case for American exceptionalism.
He says the United States ‘‘does not scare easily,’’ and when confronted with crisis, ‘‘we endure, we overcome and we always move forward.’’
Biden says the 21st century ‘‘is going to be the American century.’’
He says that will happen because the U.S. leads ‘‘not only by the example of our power but by the power of our example.’’
Vice President Joe Biden is casting Donald Trump as too dangerous to trust with the presidency.
Biden says ‘‘no major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security.’’
The vice president tells the Democratic National Convention that Trump — the GOP presidential nominee — offers policies that are more in line with the United States’ adversaries.
Biden says Trump backs ‘‘torture’’ and ‘‘religious intolerance.’’ Biden says that ‘‘betrays our values’’ and makes it harder for the United States to defeat Islamic State militants.
Vice President Joe Biden is skewering Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for suggesting he represents the middle class.
Biden says the billionaire real estate mogul ‘‘has no clue about what makes America great.’’
The vice president is telling the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that he’s known as ‘‘middle-class Joe’’ in the nation’s capital — and he says that’s not a compliment.
He says it actually means ... ‘‘you’re not sophisticated.’’
Biden says Trump isn’t actually a friend to the middle class, but instead is a wealthy man who ‘‘doesn’t have a clue’’ about middle America.
Vice President Joe Biden says Hillary Clinton’s election will have a major impact on young girls. He says when she walks into the Oval Office as president, ‘‘it will change their lives.’’
Biden is vouching for Clinton in a speech to the Democratic National Convention. He recalls his weekly breakfasts with Clinton when she served as secretary of state during the Obama administration.
Biden says everyone knows that Clinton is smart and tough but he says, ‘‘I know what she’s passionate about. I know Hillary.’’
Vice President Joe Biden is paying tribute to his late son Beau, who introduced him at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Beau Biden went on to become attorney general of Delaware. He died in 2015 after a battle with cancer.
The vice president tells delegates in Philadelphia that the nation got to see ‘‘what an incredibly fine young man’’ Beau Biden was when he nominated his father for vice president.
Biden says his challenge in dealing with his son’s death makes him appreciate ‘‘the unbreakable spirit of the people of America’’ who deal with problems every day with ‘‘so much less support,’’ but still ‘‘put one foot in front of the other.’’
The vice president was considered to be a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but cited his son’s death as a reason he wasn’t up for a national campaign.
Donald Trump’s running mate is sounding a humble tone during his first solo campaign event since joining the ticket.
Mike Pence is calling himself a ‘‘B-list Republican celebrity.’’
The Indiana governor was introduced in Waukesha, Wisconsin, by a fellow GOP governor, Scott Walker, and Pence is playing up his self-effacing Midwestern persona.
Waukesha overwhelmingly voted for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during Wisconsin’s presidential primary — and Cruz won the state handily.
But Pence tells a crowd of several hundred people to vote for Trump because of the conservatives he’d nominate to the Supreme Court if he’s elected president.
He says they should vote Trump for the sake of the Constitution, the sanctity of life, the Second Amendment and ‘‘all our God given liberties.’’
Vice President Joe Biden is paying tribute to President Barack Obama at the Democratic convention, calling Obama the ‘‘embodiment of honor, resolve and character.’’
Biden says Obama is ‘‘one of the finest presidents we have ever had.’’
Biden reminds delegates it’s been eight years since he accepted the nomination to become vice president.
He says he and his wife, Jill, now considers the Obamas ‘‘family.’’ Biden says of the president, ‘‘He’s become a brother to Jill and me.’’
WikiLeaks has released 29 voicemails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, and they include several from unidentified party members upset by Bernie Sanders’ influence on the party.
The anti-Sanders messages are included with mostly run-of-the-mill messages about upcoming Democratic events that WikiLeaks selected for release Wednesday.
One caller objects to Sanders’ choices for the party’s platform committee and doesn’t even want the Vermont senator to have a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention.
The caller — speaking about Sanders — says ‘‘he’s not a Democrat. Please stop this man now.’’ Another complains about the role given to Sanders supporter Cornel West, who’s been highly critical of President Barack Obama.
The release follows more than 19,000 stolen DNC emails that WikiLeaks published on its website last week.
Leon Panetta’s critique of Donald Trump’s preparation for the presidency has drawn dueling chants from the audience at the Democratic National Convention.
Chants of ‘‘No more war!’’ broke out during Panetta’s speech. The former defense secretary and CIA director questioned Trump’s ability to become commander in chief.
Later in Panetta’s speech, chants of ‘‘USA!’’ filled the arena.
It was one of the first times that chant was heard during the Democratic convention. It was common during last week’s Republican gathering.
Panetta promoted Hillary Clinton’s national security credentials.
Democratic convention delegates are watching a video tribute to Vice President Joe Biden in which he proclaims he’s more optimistic than ever about the country’s future.
The video recaps Biden’s long career and is being shown just before his speech in Philadelphia.
Biden is praised for taking on the National Rifle Association in pushing for an assault weapons ban in the 1990s. The video says that’s the ‘‘kind of courage we need today in Congress to stand up to the NRA.’’
It also alludes to personal loss in Biden’s life — the deaths of his first wife and daughter in 1972, and son Beau Biden from cancer last year.
Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Donald Trump is taking Russia’s side, and that means Trump can’t become commander in chief.
Panetta is making the case for Hillary Clinton in a speech Wednesday night at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
He’s citing Trump’s earlier comments that encouraged Russia to find and make public emails deleted by Clinton from the private account and servers she used as secretary of state.
Panetta is criticizing Trump for — as he puts it — ‘‘asking one of our adversaries to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States to affect our election.’’
To Panetta, ‘‘it’s inconceivable to me that any presidential candidate would be this irresponsible.’’
A retired Naval admiral is criticizing Republican Donald Trump for encouraging a foreign government — Russia — to spy against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
John Hutson says at the Democratic National Convention that earlier Trump, earlier Wednesday, ‘‘personally invited Russia to hack us.’’
In Hutson’s view, ‘‘that’s not law and order. That’s criminal intent.’’
Hutson also points to Trump’s mocking of Arizona Sen. John McCain for being captured as a prisoner of war during Vietnam.
Hutson’s take on Trump: ‘‘You’re not fit to polish John McCain’s boots.’’
Hutson’s speech came on the first night at the convention that the Islamic State group and national security are getting extensive attention.
Gabby Giffords — the former Arizona congresswoman nearly killed in a 2011 shooting — is telling the Democratic National Convention that ‘‘speaking is difficult for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: Madam President.’’
Joining Giffords on the convention stage is her husband, Mark Kelly, as they talk about the need to challenge the gun lobby and place new restrictions on firearms.
Giffords calls Hillary Clinton — the Democratic nominee for president — ‘‘tough’’ and ‘‘courageous,’’ and Giffords says Clinton, as president, will ‘‘stand up to the gun lobby.’’
Democrats are paying tribute to the victims of the June attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Christine Leinonen tells the crowd at the Democratic convention that her son — Christopher ‘‘Drew’’ Leinonen — always brought people together and started a gay-straight alliance in school.
He was one of the 49 patrons killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. She says her son’s grandparents met in a Japanese internment camp ‘‘so it was in his DNA that love always trumps hate.’’
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy says he’s ‘‘furious’’ about the lack of progress on gun control in the years since 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at the Connecticut school.
Murphy says Republicans in Congress have done ‘‘absolutely nothing to prevent the next massacre.’’
On the same day Hillary Clinton is set to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, the National Rifle Association is coming out with an ad saying Americans’ ‘‘right to own a gun for self-defense is at risk in this election.’’
The group says it plans to begin airing the 30-second ad on Thursday. It features a rape victim who confronted President Barack Obama over gun right at a town hall meeting this year. She tells viewers that ‘‘self-defense is your right. Don’t let it be taken away.’’
Word of the ad campaign comes as the Democratic Convention features speeches Wednesday night from relatives of the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The ad’s narrator says Clinton ‘‘would take away your rights.’’
Harry Reid is speaking at his final Democratic National Convention as a senator, and the Senate’s Democratic leader is blasting Republicans and Donald Trump for wanting to — in his words — ‘‘tear down the pillars of middle-class security.’’
The retiring Nevada lawmaker has some harsh words for the Senate’s Republican leader, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell.
Reid says McConnell and the GOP have slandered the country’s first black president, whipped up fear of Muslims and sown hatred of Latinos.