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On final day of the DNC, a look toward Hillary Clinton’s speech




US President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
US President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The table is set for Hillary Clinton to give her most important speech so far.

Tonight, she closes the Democratic convention.

Last night, President Obama, Tim Kaine, Michael Bloomberg, and Joe Biden hit on a series of themes - that Donald Trump would make America less safe, that his business record shows he doesn't care about the middle class, and that Hillary Clinton is the best qualified Presidential candidate of recent years.

After former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted Trump as an incompetent and self-interested businessman, VP nominee Tim Kaine introduced himself to voters. He sprinkled Spanish into his speech and shared his religious faith.

In the cleanup spot was President Obama, who referred to Trump as a domestic demagogue, and touted Clinton as uniquely qualified: The speakers were trying to make experience exciting. Does that work in an era when so many are distrustful of politicians? And what messages are most important for Clinton to deliver tonight?

Guests:

Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and gender studies, University of Southern California

Zack Courser, Research Director of the Dreier Roundtable and visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @zcourser

Elena Ong, former First Vice Chair, California Commission for Women and Hillary Clinton At-Large Delegate

Shawn Steel, California National Committeeman, Republican National Committee

Steven Shepard, editor of the POLITICO Caucus & Chief Polling Analyst for POLITICO; he tweets from @POLITICO_Steve