Hillary Clinton will accept the nomination for president tonight at the Democratic National Convention. Today on Think, Krys Boyd hosted a two-hour special on Hillary Clinton and the DNC. The episode featured a report from NPR’s Sam Sanders, a look at Clinton's background and a panel of political scientists discussing the convention so far.
The Think Special
NPR’s Sam Sanders on …
… President Obama’s speech:
“He said that he was actually counting on his supporters that are in that room to 'carry Hillary, just like they carried him.' He was making a direct link to those folks saying, ‘If you support me, if you love me, you actually have to do this for Hillary, too. It was the strongest connection I’d ever heard him make with her. And then you had that visual of Hillary Clinton walking on stage and she hugged Obama and they embraced and you saw what they were trying to do. They’re trying to tie this woman directly and closely to a very popular president.”
TCU political science professor James Riddlesperger on ...
… why the conventions are different:
“Donald Trump’s job is to show the shortcomings of the Obama administration, in making his case for change, while it is the job of the Democrats to show the sunshine and light. The things that have been accomplished by the Obama administration are a precursor for the future. Part of the reason that the two conventions look so different is they have very different jobs in terms of their reference to the current administration.”
UNT political science professor Valerie Martinez-Ebers on ...
… the importance of the Latino vote:
“I would argue that Trump has a little bit bigger job than Hillary, particularly with people of color … African Americans, of course, who turned out at a higher level than whites did at the last presidential election, they’re going to turn out. Latinos, they don’t always turn out. And they don’t closely identify with Democrats. Now they vote Democratic, but they like to say they're independents. The trick for Trump is can he get any of the Latinos to turn out. Because all the analysis shows that for a Republican to win the election, they have to get at least 40 percent of the Latino vote.”