<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politicshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.pngNBC 10 Philadelphiahttp://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 25 Jul 2016 11:59:41 -0400Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:59:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Protest Group Preps for 'Risk of Arrest' at DNC]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:22:12 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/democracySpringprotests.JPG

Editor’s note: NBC10.com’s Brian X. McCrone is following along with a group of protesters with activist organization, Democracy Spring. They have lived in a “movement house” in the Mantua neighborhood since early July planning actions for the Democratic National Convention. This is their story on day one.

Protest planning begins early with coffee and cereal and laptops on Brandywine Street in West Philadelphia.

Sara Jacqz worked at 8:30 a.m. on the front-room floor of the row house where 20 people are living this week, inhabiting a base of operations for a huge group called Democracy Spring.

Jacqz, 21, got involved at the prompting of her twin brother, Henry, who is also staying in the house, but she said her protesting ways began at college.

“I've been organizing since I got to (the University of Massachusetts at) Amherst, mostly around climate justice,” she said. “But so many issues lead back to this one, democracy justice. The people know what they need. If that voice was heard, we’d have so many more solutions.”

These protesters, mostly in their 20s, some in their 30s, are the lead organizers for some 600 activists who “have pledged to risk arrest” during the Democratic National Convention.

Democracy Spring’s goal: Raise awareness of the corruption and stagnation money brings to politics and government. Several in the movement house talk of their part in a massive sit-in on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. in April. More than 1,200 people were arrested.

Planning in Monday morning will eventually lead to protests in the afternoon. Everyone sits on small organizing groups. They've warned each other of the need for water on a day with expected heat feeling like 109 degrees.

They sang homespun songs, then rated how they felt before an initial 9:30 meeting.

“I'm feeling like I'm on the right side of history,” Brendan Orsinger said. “And I'm on the right side of history." 

Then protest planning was in full swing.

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to the DNC Convention in Philly ]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:36:17 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DNC+graphic.JPG
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<![CDATA[Thousands of Sanders Supporters Protest in Philadelphia]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:09:28 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_dncam0725_1920x1080.jpgNearly 3,000 Bernie Sanders supporters took to the streets of Philadelphia Sunday, one day before the opening of the Democratic National Convention. NBC's Tracie Potts reports.]]><![CDATA[Wasserman Schultz At DNC Walk-Through]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:56:16 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016412519_1200x675_731564099788.jpgWe have new video of outgoing DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz talking a walk-through at the Wells Fargo Center where the DNC begins Monday afternoon.]]><![CDATA[Politicalfest for Everyone]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:42:38 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016413565_1200x675_731595843601.jpgNBC10's Pamela Osborne is outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center -- one of many locations for this year’s Politicalfest. So what is in store for visitors?]]><![CDATA[What's a Super PAC?]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:51:48 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/superpacs_1200x675_731328579665.jpgThey wield a lot of power in the political world and basically answer to no one but themselves. Here's a little explanation of what a Super PAC is and how it works.]]><![CDATA[Clinton's Turn: Guide to the Democratic National Convention]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:31:13 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton7.jpg

It's Hillary Clinton's turn.

The Democratic National Convention opening Monday in Philadelphia is Clinton's chance to hit reset after a vigorous primary against Bernie Sanders and the unlikely movement that formed behind the Vermont senator. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has endorsed Clinton, but many of his supporters have not. Some were dismayed by her choice of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as her running mate.

Democrats had expected a smoothly choreographed display of party unity that would contrast with last week's bumpy Republican National Convention in Cleveland. That gathering exposed deep, lingering reservations about Donald Trump from within his own party. But Democrat's hopes were dashed Sunday when DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned under pressure over hacked emails.

What to know about the week:

Both parties use their national conventions to formally nominate candidates for president and vice president. Party leaders showcase their nominees, and the prime-time speeches by the candidates and prominent politicians win some of the largest television audiences of the campaign. That makes the convention a critical opportunity for a party to introduce its candidates to the country.

Democrats also will adopt the party's platform, which lays out policy principles but has no binding effect.

The Wells Fargo Center, home to the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, is the convention site. The arena has been transformed with stages, platforms, cameras and lights. Democrats are hoping that city's historical role in the founding of American democracy will serve as a powerful backdrop for the themes they'll highlight.

More than 5,000 delegates are among the 50,000 people set to be in Philadelphia. They include alternates, lawmakers, special guests, journalists and protesters. Among the delegates, about 15 percent are superdelegates, mainly members of Congress and members of the Democratic National Committee. 

At the GOP convention, a striking number of prominent Republican lawmakers and party leaders were nowhere to be seen, including the party's previous two presidents and its two most recent presidential nominees. In contrast, bold-name Democrats have been eagerly vying for a chance to speak in Philadelphia. Most Democratic senators and House members are expected to attend.

The convention was rocked Sunday before it even began by fallout from 19,000 hacked Democratic National Committee emails published online, some suggesting the party favored Clinton over Sanders in the primary. Wasserman Schultz, long accused by Sanders of rigging the primary for his opponent, said she'll step down at the end of the convention. But first she'll formally open and close the convention, and address delegates.

Her abrupt ouster triggers a new race for leadership of the party that is likely to play out on the sidelines of the convention.

First lady Michelle Obama is set to speak Monday. That's also when Sanders will give his speech — a closely watched moment for signs of whether his loyal supporters will line up behind Clinton, as he's asked them to do.

Former President Bill Clinton, the candidate's husband, is the speech to watch Tuesday. A day later, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden come to Philadelphia.

On Thursday, the final night, Chelsea Clinton will introduce her mother for her speech accepting the Democratic nomination.

Kaine, who made his debut as Clinton's running mate at a joint appearance Saturday, will give a speech introducing himself to the country. Officials haven't yet said when, but the running mate typically speaks Wednesday.

Other scheduled speakers are Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. On the eve of the convention, the organizing committee announced that the Rev. Jesse Jackson and retired Gen. John Allen will also speak.

Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and Cyndi Lauper will appear in Philadelphia during the convention. Fergie will perform at The Creative Coalition's gala.

States will get a chance to announce how their delegates are voting in the formal roll call Tuesday. It's a high point for Sanders delegates; they're pushing to have their votes fully tallied.

In 2008, Clinton halted the roll call midway through to call for then-Sen. Barack Obama's approval by acclamation, or unanimous vote. Sanders says he favors a state-by-state roll call, but he hasn't indicated exactly what he will do.

There's a total of 4,763 delegates. It takes 2,382 to win the Democratic nomination.

Clinton arrives in Philadelphia with 2,814 delegates to Sanders' 1,893, according to an Associated Press count. That includes the superdelegates, who can vote for any candidate they choose. This year, those superdelegates overwhelmingly backed Clinton. The remaining 4,051 are pledged delegates, won by the candidates based on the results of state primaries and caucuses.


If there are any fireworks in Philadelphia, expect them to come from Sanders supporters. They have said they plan to show up in full force. 

Philadelphia officials estimate between 35,000 and 50,000 people will demonstrate across the city each day. Activists have put the estimate higher, at roughly 100,000. 

Among the groups planning to demonstrate are gun control advocates, the group Occupy DNC Convention and Trump supporters from Pennsylvania.

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<![CDATA[Not All Delegates Get Floor Searts at DNC]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:07:04 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016412582_1200x675_731567683644.jpgThe Wells Fargo Center is the location for this week's Democratic National Convention and it definitely has a larger stage than the Republican National Convention did but unlike the RNC not all delegates will get the chance to sit on the floor of the stadium. Some states like New Mexico will have representation from the stands.]]><![CDATA[Bloomberg to Endorse Clinton at DNC]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:39:07 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-468907398.jpg

Michael Bloomberg is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton during his speech at the Democratic National Convention, an adviser for the former New York City mayor told NBC News.

Bloomberg is making the endorsement because of concerns about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He also sees himself as a person with authority who can debunk Trump's claims about business and the economy, the former aide said.

Bloomberg has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000, according to The New York Times. He was elected the mayor of New York City as a Republican and later became an independent.

Bloomberg announced in March he wouldn't be running for president, saying: "When I look at the data, it's clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win. I believe I could win a number of diverse states — but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency.”

He also said at the time Trump "has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people's prejudices and fears," citing Trump's proposal to ban most Muslims from entering the United States and deporting those here illegally.

In May, Bloomberg told CNBC, "Trump marches to his own drummer it would seem, and so far, that drummer has been playing the right tune to get him this far."

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<![CDATA[Superdelegate Attends Her 16th DNC]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:45:10 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016412470_1200x675_731562563629.jpgRoz Wyman is a super delegate from California and she is no stranger to the Democratic National Convention, This year's DNC in Philadelphia will be her 16th. Her first democratic national convention was in 1952.]]><![CDATA[Kaine Returns to Longtime Parish to Attend Mass]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:57:35 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TimKaine-AP_16194841924998.jpg

Sen. Tim Kaine returned to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, a day after being introduced as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, according to NBC News. 

Kaine and his wife, Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton, were swarmed by reporters, photographer and network cameras.

The church made a few nods to Kaine and his wife during Sunday mass. The congregation offered a prayer of petition, "especially we pray for Tim Kaine and Anne Holton" and the couple participated in the presentation of the gifts. Kaine also sang with the church’s choir, something he occasionally does. 

The last time Kaine attended services at the church was two weeks ago.

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<![CDATA[Trump Aide Dismisses Russian Link to DNC Email Leak]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:17:34 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PaulManafort-GettyImages-524993070.jpg

A top Donald Trump campaign adviser dismissed allegations that Russian hackers were behind the DNC email leak, NBC News reported. 

Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort said it showed how “desperate” Hillary Clinton’s campaign is after Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook made the suggestion to CNN on Sunday. 

"They're pretty desperate pretty quickly," Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort said at a press conference in Philadelphia on Sunday. "It's a far reach, obviously. To lead their convention with that tells me they really are trying to move away from what the issues are in this campaign." 

Manafort downplayed the possibility that Russia was involved with the leaks, saying “we don’t know who’s behind the leaks,” but tied them to Clinton’s use of a private email server, suggesting she created a bigger risk than the one created by the DNC leak. 

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<![CDATA[Bridgegate: Christie Under Fire]]>Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:06:14 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/christie+gwb+scandal+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[The Popular Vote vs. The Delegates]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:51:43 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Popular_Vote_Animation_1200x675_730996291533.jpgOne candidate might be more popular than the other, but it's delegates that decide which person will become a political party's nominee for president. We breakdown the difference between the popular vote and the delegates in this illustration.]]><![CDATA[Sneak Peek Inside Wells Fargo Ahead of the DNC]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:27:56 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mayk_DNC_preview_for_the_Web_072416__1200x675_731300419621.jpgNBC10's Lauren Mayk gives you the lay of the land inside the Wells Fargo Center, where Democratic delegates will fill the seats and politicians will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention beginning on Monday.]]><![CDATA[Fact Checking Clinton’s Greatest Hits]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:00:23 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_16140607364144.jpg

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Clinton’s Greatest Hits

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<![CDATA[A Look Inside Philly's DNC Emergency Operations Preparations]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:59:34 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/philly-curiosa-10.jpg

Philadelphia officials provided an inside look at the city's emergency-operations preparations for the Democratic National Convention on Sunday.

Mayor Jim Kenney joined Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel, Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Emergency Operations Management Director Samantha Phillips and other city leaders about 12:30 p.m. to provide a walk-through look at the city's emergency operations center.

The center, headquartered on Spring Garden Street north of Old City, will serve as one of the major hubs for all emergency communications during the DNC, which kicks off at the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Say DNC Email Leak Adds Fuel to Protest Fire]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:16:25 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016405022_1200x675_731249219885.jpgAs protesters converged on Philadelphia's FDR Park on Sunday, on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, supporters of Bernie Sanders among the demonstrators said that the recent leak of emails from DNC officials ridiculing and apparently plotting against Sanders is adding fuel to the fire. NBC10's Drew Smith talked with some of the demonstrators. ]]><![CDATA[Caucus, Rally to Fight Addiction During DNC]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:12:08 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016405021_1200x675_731245123740.jpgA caucus and rally during the Democratic National Convention will push for better legislation to fight addiction. Martha Meehan-Cohen, of Ashley Addiction Treatment, talks with NBC10's Rosemary Connors about why lawmakers play a critical role in addiction treatment. ]]><![CDATA[Trump on Convention Speech: 'It Was Very Optimistic' ]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:07:12 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump+on+RNC+Speech.png

Donald Trump pushed back against critics who called his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night too pessimistic, telling NBC's Chuck Todd he offered an optimistic message because "we're going to solve the problems."

In an interview on "Meet The Press," the GOP nominee said he intended to portray only a choice between himself and Hillary Clinton.

Asked about his statement that "I alone can fix it" — a sentiment blasted by critics as a flirtation with totalitarianism — Trump said his ability to solve America's problems is a binary contrast with the Democratic nominee.

"I am running against Hillary. It's not like I'm running against the rest of the world. I know people that are very, very capable that could do a very good job, but they could never get elected," he said.

Trump called critics of his address "haters," saying that the latest round of violence in the Middle East justifies the grim view of world affairs he presented in his speech.

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<![CDATA[Jefferson Hospital CEO Talks Health and the DNC]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:06:17 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016404944_1200x675_731236931991.jpgDr. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Health System, talks with NBC10's Rosemary Connors about the role Jefferson will play as the official health organization for the Democratic National Convention.]]><![CDATA[Protesters Begin Arriving in South Philly Ahead of DNC]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:15:05 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016404446_1200x675_731219011752.jpgProtesters began to arrive at FDR Park in South Philadelphia on Sunday morning, ahead of the Democratic National Convention kickoff on Monday. NBC10's Drew Smith talked with one Bernie Sanders supporter in South Philly, who said she's glad to see DNC officials acknowledging and apologizing for the email controversy in which leaders ridiculed Sanders.]]><![CDATA[Amid Email Scandal, Sanders Supporters Vow Strong Showing]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:17:49 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016403623_1200x675_731204675590.jpgAs leaked emails show DNC leaders ridiculing Bernie Sanders, his supporters pledged a strong showing in Philadelphia on the eve of the convention. NBC10's Drew Smith is in South Philadelphia with the supporters' sentiments and a look Sunday morning at the Sports Complex, where the DNC will kick off on Monday.]]><![CDATA[Kaine a Safe Pick for Clinton, Observer Says]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:28:26 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TLMD-hillary-clinton-tim-kaine-GettyImages-547389894.jpgPresumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has chosen Virgina Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate. NBC10's Keith Jones spoke to a political strategist who calls him a safe pick for the ticket.]]><![CDATA[DNC Road Closures: Where to Avoid]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:48:26 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DNC+ROAD+CLOSURES+USE.jpg

The first roads were shut down to traffic around the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia Friday night in preparation for the Democratic National Convention.

Construction crews used a portable crane to place concrete barriers on the ramps from Interstate 95 to Broad Street just before 9 p.m. Additional closures came early Saturday.

The convention begins on Monday and the closures last through Friday for some spots.

Permanent closures throughout the DNC:

  • Broad Street from Packer Avenue to the Navy Yard/Terminal Avenue
  • Pattison Avenue from 7th Street to the furthest east entrance to FDR Park
  • Terminal Avenue from Broad Street to 11th Street
  • 11th Street from Hartranft Street to Terminal Avenue
  • Authorized vehicles only:
  • Pattison Avenue from 20th Street to the furthest east entrance to FDR Park
  • Hartranft Street from Broad Street to Darien Street
  • Darien Street from Packer Avenue to Lurie Way
  • 10th Street south of Packer Avenue

The I-76 eastbound ramp at exit 350 (Packer Avenue) will be shut down each day from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29. The I-95 northbound exit 17 ramp (Broad Street) will shut down to midday Friday, July 29. The I-95 southbound exit 17 ramp (Broad Street) will also shut down for the majority of the week, allowing only special access to the Navy Yard at designated times.

I-95 will be open to passenger vehicles during the DNC, but the highway is closed to commercial vehicles between exit 13 (I-76/Route 291/Valley Forge) and exit 22 (I-676). The highway will reopen to normal midday on Friday, July 29, officials said.

I-95 north is reduced from three lanes to two at Exit 13(I-76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) near the Philadelphia International Airport. The adjacent collector/distributor roadway alongside I-95 north is also restricted to two lanes in this area.

On I-95 south, traffic is reduced from four lanes to three moving through the Girard Avenue Interchange toward the I-676 Interchange at Exit 22 (I-676.)

The I-676 east exit ramp to I-95 south is reduced from two lanes to one.

Lane closures may also occur at I-95 at Exit 13 (I-76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (I-676) during the week if needed to allow state police to safely perform enforcement detail.

Besides the road closures, the area "within 30 Nautical Miles of downtown Philadelphia, to include FDR Park" from Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28, will be a "no drone zone," according to officials. There will also be waterway and airspace restrictions in place at the time. For more details, click here.

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<![CDATA[Road Closures in Effect, Crews Working Hard to Get Ready for DNC]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:55:51 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DNC+SEPTA+Parking+changes+11p+pkg+brandon+-+00000000_20310807.jpgThe fences are going up, the stage is being set and roads are being shut down as crews ready South Philadelphia for next week's Democratic National Convention.]]><![CDATA[Clinton Picks Kaine for VP]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:00:02 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16196751572126.jpg

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's pick to become the next vice president of the United States, Clinton told supporters Friday evening.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said in a text message Friday evening she was "thrilled" to share that she has selected Kaine as her running mate. 

His guiding principle is "the belief that you can make a difference through public service," Clinton's Twitter account said.  [[387996092, C]]

A steady Clinton surrogate in recent campaign appearances, Kaine was at a fundraiser in Newport, Rhode Island, Friday night when the announcement was made. He is honored to be Clinton's running mate, he tweeted soon after the news broke.

"Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!" he said.

Republican nominee Donald Trump sought to incite rage among Bernie Sanders supporters over Clinton's pick, tweeting that Kaine represents the opposite of what the Vermont senator stood for, "Philly fight?"

In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Trump said Clinton didn't chose Sen. Elizabeth Warren because "she hates her," alleged Kaine is "owned by banks" and, citing the newly leaked DNC emails, said the party planned to "destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED." [[388017122, C]]

The swing state's former governor, a current member of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, has the national security experience Clinton is said to have been seeking, observers said.

Pundits and Kaine supporters have said the senator's experience and moderate positions make him an ideal choice.

"Senator Kaine's judgment, experience and values make him an excellent complement to the Democratic ticket, and he will be a strong partner to President Hillary Clinton in the White House," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Friday evening. [[387932182, C]]

The former Virginia governor complements Clinton, Democratic donor Glen Fukushima told CNN.

"He has a business sense and international experience [and] speaks Spanish, which are both pluses," he said. "He also has experience as a governor, which could complement Hillary's background."

Kaine, 58, "has a lot going for him," Rep. Gerry Connolly told CNN.

"He's Catholic, from a swing state, successful governor, speaks fluent Spanish, has political chops, was the head of the [Democratic National Committee]," he told the television network. "He provides a lot of talent to the ticket and could step in and could certainly be an heir apparent." [[338107532, C]]

"I can say there is no one of higher integrity and trustworthiness," said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

"His experience, intellect and dedication to making life better for people from all walks of life will make him an enormous asset to Secretary Clinton throughout the remainder of this campaign and as a leader in her administration over the next four years," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. "This is a proud day for every Virginian."

Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell expressed for Kaine while taking the opportunity to attack Clinton. [[388002662, C]]

"His character makes it all the more surprising that he would sign up to defend Hillary Clinton for the next three-and-a-half months," he said in a statement. "However, Sen. Kaine's selection as the vice presidential nominee does not change that this election is ultimately a referendum on Secretary Clinton." 

Kaine touts his work to reduce unemployment among veterans, to block any Iran nuclear weapons program, to recognize American Indian tribes in Virginia, to preserve Civil War battlegrounds and to improve access to job-training programs.

Kaine, who attended University of Missouri and Harvard Law School, speaks Spanish fluently after taking a year off from attending Harvard to work at a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, his Senate website says.

But critics have called Kaine a safe, even boring, running mate.

When asked by Charlie Rose of PBS on Monday whether Kaine was a boring choice, Clinton said, “I love that about him.” [[387995812, C]]

Kaine was even asked about being boring on NBC's "Meet the Press" in June, one of his highest-profile appearances in what was evidently his vetting process. Kaine brushed it off with a joke: "I am boring … but boring is the fastest-growing demographic in this country."

What Does Kaine Bring to the Table?
Kaine, who was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was first elected to office in 1994. He served as a city councilman and then was elected mayor of Richmond. He became lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2002, was inaugurated as governor in 2006 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He serves on the aging, armed services, budget and Senate foreign relations committees. 

Newsweek previously called Kaine "the conventional wisdom pick" for Clinton's running mate and tied his chances of being selected with those of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

Kaine will not energize the party's progressive wing, however, Newsweek argued.

"Kaine ... voted to fast-track President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, a move that angered most of the left. And his views on abortion are to the right of many Democrats: he’s a practicing Catholic who supported parental consent and informed consent laws in his state. And, Sanders aside, old white guys just don't excite voters like they used to," the publication wrote.

Kaine is personally opposed to abortion but has said he is against overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing the procedure. Beyond supporting requiring parental consent, he also was in favor of banning late-term abortions unless a woman’s life is at risk, and he has promoted abstinence-focused education to try to decrease the number of pregnancies that end in abortion. In the past, the state NARAL chapter refused to endorse him. 

Kaine was on President Barack Obama’s short-list for vice president, according to Politico.

He teamed up with Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona to introduce legislation to authorize military force against the Islamic State. [[385740891, C]]

What Has Kaine Said About Wanting to Be VP?
On Thursday in Virginia, Kaine had downplayed speculation he would be Clinton's pick. 

"I'm in a little, momentary bubble of attention. It will be normal again," he told NBC Washington's David Culver

In March, Kaine also demurred about whether he wanted to be vice president.

"Well, I'm a happy senator and I like my job, and I'm not looking for another one, but, look, my best use is helping Secretary Clinton -- especially win Virginia," he said March 10 to a group of Hispanic and African-American publishers at the National Press Club.

The senator echoed those comments on April 29, saying he would accompany Clinton at her inauguration as a senator, not as her vice president, Politico reported.

"You know, I really love my job. I really do," Kaine reportedly said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe. "And I have a great feeling that I'm going to be on that podium with Hillary Clinton when she's taking the oath of office, but I'm going to be sitting with the other senators."

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: Trump Defends Oswald Claim]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:34:55 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/578550086-Donald-Trump-RNC.jpg

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Donald Trump doubled down on his baseless insinuation that a photograph published by the National Enquirer shows Ted Cruz’s father with “crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.”

A day after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Trump touted the national tabloid as a credible source worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, and said the newspaper would not have run the photo if it was “wrong.” Moreover, Trump said, the Cruz camp “never denied” that it was Rafael Cruz in the photo with the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

That’s all nonsense.

As we wrote on May 3, the thinly sourced story hangs largely on comments from an expert who told the paper that a photo of an unidentified man handing out pro-Fidel Castro leaflets with Oswald has “more similarity than dissimilarity” with a passport photo of Cruz’s father, Rafael.

The photo expert, Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos, a California-based digitizing photo service, was quoted in the Enquirer story — “Ted Cruz Father Linked to JFK Assassination!” — as saying, “[I]t looks to be the same person and I can say as much with a high degree of confidence.”

Note the parsing of words. He wasn’t saying with a high degree of certainty that it is Rafael Cruz. He’s saying with a high degree of certainty that it “looks to be the same person.”

Goldstone told us in a phone interview that he never claimed the man in the picture with Oswald was definitely Rafael Cruz, and he called Trump’s unqualified assertion that it is Cruz “stupid.” Goldstone said he compared, by eye, the photo of the unidentified man in the picture with Oswald with a passport photo of a young Rafael Cruz, and concluded “They look pretty close.”

That’s the thin reed upon which this story hangs.

Nonetheless, Trump proclaimed in a May 3 interview on “Fox and Friends” that Cruz’s “father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being, you know, shot! I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous … And nobody even brings it up. I mean, they don’t even talk about that, that was reported and nobody talks about it. But I think it’s horrible, I think it’s absolutely horrible, that a man can go and do that, what he’s saying there.”

Trump later added, “I mean what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald, shortly before the death – before the shooting? It’s horrible.”

The day after his controversial convention speech, Cruz said those comments by Trump played a role in his decision not to endorse Trump.

“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and who attack my father,” Cruz said.

The day after his convention speech, in remarks to supporters in Cleveland, Trump fired back at Cruz, saying, “I don’t want his endorsement. If he gives it, I will not accept it.” Trump then launched into a defense of an unflattering image of Cruz’s wife that Trump retweeted, as well as his comments about Cruz’s father.

“All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer, there’s a picture of him [Rafael Cruz] and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast,” Trump said. “I had nothing to do with it. This was a magazine that frankly in many respects, should be very respected. They got O.J. They got Edwards. They got this. I mean, if that was the New York Times, they would have gotten Pulitzer prizes for their reporting.”

Although Trump said the photo showed the two “having breakfast,” the picture in question actually shows Oswald distributing pro-Castro literature in New Orleans in August 1963, a few months prior to Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. According to the Miami Herald, another man in the picture was never identified by the Warren Commission, whose investigation concluded Kennedy was assassinated by Oswald and that Oswald acted alone.

In his post-convention remarks, Trump said the whole issue “had nothing to do with me, except I might have pointed it out.” No “might” about it. Trump did “point it out” on national TV, and he definitively proclaimed the man in the picture to be Rafael Cruz, even though the text of the National Enquirer story doesn’t go quite that far.

Trump went on to say that neither Cruz nor anyone in his camp ever denied that it was Rafael Cruz in the photo.

“Now, Ted never denied that it was his father,” Trump said in his post-convention remarks, adding later, “But they never denied. Did anybody ever deny that it was the father? They’re not saying, ‘Oh, that’s not really my father.’ It’s little hard to do. It looks like him.”

In fact, they have.

“This is another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage,” Communications Director Alice Stewart told McClatchy. “The story is false; that is not Rafael in the picture.”

“It’s ludicrous, it’s ludicrous,” Rafael Cruz told ABC News on May 3. “I was never in New Orleans at that time.”

Ted Cruz dismissed the Enquirer story as “idiotic” and called Trump a “pathological liar” who is “utterly amoral” and a “bully.”

“Donald Trump alleges that my dad was involved in the assassinating JFK,” Cruz said. “Now, let’s be clear, this is nuts. This is not a responsible position. This is just kooky.”

As for Trump’s claim that the unidentified man in the photo with Oswald “looks like” Rafael Cruz, experts told us not to put much stock in that kind of assessment.

Anil Jain, a computer scientist and expert on facial recognition and biometric identification at Michigan State University, told us the images are of a poor quality, black and white, and grainy, and that “It would be very difficult, even for a photo expert, to extract facial attributes.” Any conclusion about similarities is subjective, he said.

So to sum up: despite Trump’s claim to the contrary, the Cruz campaign categorically denied that it is Rafael Cruz in the photo. And Ted Cruz called the Enquirer story “nuts.” And there is still no evidence — at all — that the man in the photo with Oswald is Rafael Cruz. 

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<![CDATA[Rolling Out The Red Carpet For DNC]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:40:50 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/rolling+out+carpet+for+DNC.JPGExecutive Director of the Philadelphia 2016 DNC host committee is in the studio with details on what visitors for the Democratic National Convention can expect in Philly.]]><![CDATA[RNC Delegates Give Opinions for DNC in Philly]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:41:16 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016381935_1200x675_730360387966.jpgNBC10 reporter Tracy Davidson spoke to RNC delegates about what Cleveland did right and what DNC delegates should expect next week in Philly.]]><![CDATA[Donald Trump Addresses RNC]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:55:52 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016381879_1200x675_730247235522.jpgNBC10's Matt DeLucia breaks down Donald Trump's historic 75-minute acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.]]><![CDATA[Does 41K Dip in Philly's Black Voters Indicate Apathy?]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:45:52 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/John+Damota+Eric+Morrison+Bo+Booker+voting+story+MAIN+PHOTO.jpg

As the presidential election looms, some 41,000 black voters in Philadelphia who used to be registered to vote are off the books now, and leaders in Philadelphia’s black community are scrambling to get them registered so their voices will be heard come November.

“We’re concerned that people may think elections may go a certain way, and too often people think that one vote doesn’t count,” Minister Rodney Muhammad, president of the NAACP’s Philadelphia chapter, told NBC10 this week. “It certainly does.”

Muhammad said he recently met with elections commissioners and discerned the drop in registered voters. He said a larger decrease showed among black voters, who make up 44 percent of the city's population.

Muhammad said the local NAACP is joining forces with several other organizations now to try to get unregistered voters – particularly those who are black and Latino – registered ahead of the election. He said he attributes the hefty decrease in registered voters to people moving or registrations expiring – but he acknowledged apathy may be playing some role, too.

“We’re not going to let apathy win the day,” Muhammad said.

To complicate matters, some activists across the nation involved in the Black Lives Matter movement spoke out recently, saying they plan to abstain from voting for the next president, because they don’t believe their voices or votes matter. Asa Khalif, a vocal member of the local Black Lives Matter contingent, said he doesn’t plan to abstain from voting, but he knows people who do.

“I believe it is a privilege to vote,” Khalif said. “The right to vote is covered in the blood of our elders. Many of our elders were beaten and killed for that right … I plan to exercise my right.”

Khalif said he couldn’t put a number to how many activists he’s heard won’t vote.

It’s “more than a handful,” of people, Khalif said.

By and large, though, more than a dozen people interviewed in Philadelphia neighborhoods on Thursday rejected the notion that their votes don't count and said they plan to exercise their right at the polls in November.

“Listen, that’s democracy that men and women fought for … they got us to this stage,” said Tyrone Lawrence, 56, of Germantown, as he sold newspapers along Washington Lane in West Oak Lane. “When you don’t vote, it seems like you don’t care. It seems like you’re turning your back on people and your country.”

Lawrence echoed Khalif, saying people died for the right to vote, so he always goes to the polls. He also works at the polls in his neighborhood each election, sometimes outside and, more recently, on the voting machines. He said the turnout is generally good as his polling place. He pointed out the irony of people protesting, yet not exercising their right to vote.

“If it doesn’t matter, why you complaining?” Lawrence asked. “What you’re saying is in vain.”

Francine Lawson, 45, who grew up in North Philadelphia and lives in Logan now, agreed.

“I just think it’s immature for them not to vote,” she said. “Today I feel like we have to. It’s a must.”

Standing outside a corner store in North Philadelphia, Eddie Dejesus was bothered by the idea that people who have the right to vote wouldn’t take advantage of it. Though he’s lived in the United States since he was a child, the 44-year-old from the Dominican Republic isn’t a citizen, so he can’t vote.

“If I was a citizen, I’d do it right away,” Dejesus said as he found shade under the awning of Valdez Grocery at 6th and Tioga. “Maybe they want to do it because it’s good. It’s the future.”

Across the street, Carmen Espinal, 58, sat outside a rowhouse with her granddaughters and said that as long as she’s been in the United States – she moved from Puerto Rico almost 30 years ago – she’s made sure to vote whenever she has the chance.

“If it wasn’t for people voting, there would be nobody up there,” she said, her teenage daughter translating. “When you don’t have your vote, you can’t say anything.”

Calvin Baker, 28, said he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton, but that he anticipates a different America after the election, regardless of who takes the Oval Office. “I think this world is changing a whole lot and people don’t understand, so they go out and do violence,” Baker, a hairstylist from Germantown, said as he waited for the bus at Stenton Avenue and Washington Lane. “I really think the world is going to change.”

In Logan, John Damota, Eric Morrison and Bo Booker all said they planned to vote, but got into a spirited debate with each other about how much their votes truly count.

“I’ll vote, but no, I don’t think it matters,” Damota, 34, who grew up in the tough neighborhood and works as a plumber. “I’m a minority, and I think minority opinion doesn’t matter these days. Maybe if I had some money, my opinion would matter.”

Damota doesn’t think the feeling of disenfranchisement has everything to do with race, though.

“I don’t think it’s a race thing,” he said. “It’s an income thing.”

Damota said he fell victim to violence on the same streets where he lives last year when someone opened fire on a block party not far from his house, shooting him. He said vacant lots that cover massive swaths of his neighborhood just north of Roosevelt Boulevard tell him that politicians stopped caring about Logan – if they ever did.

“We can’t even get a councilmember on the phone. This [lot] has been abandoned for years,” Damota, who has a 14-year-old daughter and two sons, ages 7 and 4, said. “I feel bad, man. My kids gotta grow up with this.”

Morrison, 46, who’s also from Logan, had a little more faith. “I know that every little vote counts. I’m a little smarter than that,” Morrison said. “I’m going to try to make it matter.”

Booker, the elder of the group at 61, said he’s been voting all his life. He doesn’t fully trust the system, he said, but he thinks it's still important to exercise the right.

“I don’t believe it don’t count,” Booker said. “I know a vote not used doesn’t count. I’m voting Democrat. I’ve got no problem letting you know.”

Muhammad, of the local NAACP, said he hopes people will realize their votes do count sooner rather than later, and people will register and go to the polls in November.

“I would hope that they would be able to see that their greatest impact will be made when you put your vote in that ballot box,” Muhammad said. “If enough people go to the polls on one day, you’ll send a signal to the government. They will hear your demands.”

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<![CDATA[Stage Is Set for DNC in Philly]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:08:22 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/186*120/2016+DNC+Stage+Wells+Fargo+Center+Democrats.JPG

With the Republican National Convention in Cleveland wrapped the national focus Friday turned to Philadelphia for next week’s Democratic National Convention. [[387337681, C]]

The DNC Committee showed off the convention’s podium at an event Friday morning at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The podium will be the place where presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will accept her nomination and speak to the nation. A slew of other speakers including Philly Mayor Jim Kenney, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and other politicians and celebrities will speak from the podium.

Kenney helped unveil the podium and staging inside the arena. [[387535071, C]]

Keep checking back with NBC10 and NBC10.com throughout the next week for the latest from the DNC.

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