AC360° Sr. Producer
Good morning from Denver. Did you see Ted Kennedy's moment last night? I was in the hall when he walked on stage. The crowd roared as loud – or louder – than Avalanche fans for a goal on the Pepsi Center ice.
Here's a look at today's coming attractions with some from the CNN political staff's notes.
Tonight is the Clinton's night in Denver. Sen. Hillary Clinton is the star, another step in trying to unify the Democratic party. Another sign of the efforts to patch up any behind the scenes tension, a deal was struck on Wednesday's roll call. The agreement confirmed by CANDY CROWLEY will allow some votes to be cast for Clinton before a call for Obama to be nominated by acclimation. (Clinton herself may be the one to call for the voting to be cut short).
Republicans continue to play up the split with some Clinton supporters. It's day three of releasing an ad aimed at stirring up old Clinton/Obama rivalries. This time McCain uses Clinton's own 3 am ad, and some of her words, as part of his ad against Obamas readiness to be commander-in-chief. Last night, in a speech that focused on personal stories and values, Michelle Obama told the convention "the world as it is just won't do", promising her husband would bring "the change we need." Mrs. Obama, who faced questions during the primaries over comments she was really proud of the country for the first time, sought to put that to rest before her biggest audience. She said, "We have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be. That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack's journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope. That is why I love this country. And in my own life, in my own small way, I've tried to give back to this country that has given me so much."
Barack Obama watched Michelle's speech on TV from Kansas City before making a satellite appearance before the convention. Hands cupped under his chin as he sat in a family's living room, Obama smiled as he watched Michelle Obama introduced on their television screen. Then playing into the family theme of the night, Obama interacted with his daughters, who said "Hi, Daddy" to the screen on stage next to their mother.
Today Obama visits an American Airlines overhaul base in Kansas City for an economic discussion. He then heads to Billings, Montana, ahead of Wednesday events.
John McCain is back in his hometown Phoenix where he'll address veterans at the American Legion national convention. We'll see if McCain discusses his wife Cindy's trip to the Republic of Georgia any further in the speech. She's going there traveling with the UN World Food Program. She plans to meet with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, and with soldiers injured in the fighting.
McCain had his own national television audience Monday night, appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. There were the usual jokes about his age (with his birthday coming up Friday, Leno said the fire marshal blocked his cake). On his running mate, McCain said "wouldn't it be good to have a person you don't know what party they're with, they have no political principles whatsoever, they may need a job about that time".
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