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We hear speeches by Sen. Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton closing out the opening session of the Democratic National Convention. And we hear why Rep. Maxine Waters thinks Bill should have introduced Hillary at the convention instead of the other way around.

This is Democracy Now!: Breaking With Convention: War, Peace and the Presidency, I’m Amy Goodman. We are broadcasting from Cambridge Community Television in downtown Cambridge, just across the river from the FleetCenter where the Democratic National Convention kicked off yesterday with a series of major addresses by some the highest profile members of the Democratic Party. Filmmaker Michael Moore was there in a sky box, as were actors John Cusack and Glenn Close, as well as singer Patti LaBelle. Former President Jimmy Carter spoke, as did former Vice President Al Gore. But the biggest response of the evening came when the last two speakers took the podium. New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton got on stage to introduce her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

This is Democracy Now!: Breaking With Convention: War, Peace and the Presidency, I’m Amy Goodman. We are broadcasting from Cambridge Community Television in downtown Cambridge, just across the river from the FleetCenter where the Democratic National Convention kicked off yesterday with a series of major addresses by some the highest profile members of the Democratic Party. Filmmaker Michael Moore was there in a sky box, as were actors John Cusack and Glenn Close, as well as singer Patti LaBelle. Former President Jimmy Carter spoke, as did former Vice President Al Gore. But the biggest response of the evening came when the last two speakers took the podium. New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton got on stage to introduce her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

  • Sen. Hillary Clinton, (D-NY)

Bill Clinton then took to the stage to urge voters to rally behind John Kerry. We will hear an excerpt of his address in a minute. But first we turn to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters. She spoke about Hillary Clinton yesterday at an event held at the Harvard Club by the National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority.

  • Rep. Maxine Waters, (D-CA)

After being introduced by Sen. Hillary Clinton, former president Bill Clinton took to the stage for the final speech of the night.

  • Former President Bill Clinton

As we’ve made our way around the Fleet Center, talking to many delegates from across the country, one of the main issues of concern among the antiwar delegates is that both John Kerry and John Edwards supported the invasion of Iraq and the war against Afghanistan. Some delegates say that that there hasn’t been a clear enough antiwar position articulated from the podium at the convention. Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, who ran against Kerry for the party’s nomination, is one the few who voted against the war.

  • Sen. Bob Graham, (D-FL)

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