DNC 2016 Day 4 Preview: Speakers, Schedule and What to Expect From Hillary Clinton

DNC 2016 Day 4 Preview: Speakers, Schedule and What to Expect From Hillary Clinton
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Last night, President Obama's glowing endorsement of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton stole hearts, drew tears and instilled hope. But while Obama's moving speech at Wednesday's Democratic National Convention had viewers sad to see him go, the convention's grand finale will look toward the future, as Clinton officially accepts her party's presidential nomination. 

Saying he feels ready to "pass the baton" to his former secretary of state, Obama urged, "This year, in this election, I'm asking you to join me — to reject cynicism, reject fear, to summon what's best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation."

After three nights of speakers, celebrities and fight songs — both literal and figurative — the DNC is Ready for Hillary. Here's what's on tonight's agenda.

Live TV coverage is expected to kick off as early as 3 p.m., according to NJ.com, with headlining speakers coming on later in the evening. 

Speeches will focus heavily on jobs; the speakers list includes Henrietta Ivey, advocating for a $15 minimum wage, Ohio resident Beth Mathias, who works two jobs, and Jensen Walcott, who was fired from her job when she asked why coworker and friend Jake Reed, who'll speak alongside her, earned more for the same position.

President Obama and Hillary Clinton embrace at Wednesday night's Democratic National Convention
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Susan Walsh/AP

The convention will then pivot to hearing from speakers like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, California Rep.  Xavier Becerra and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, according to the New York Times, before Chelsea Clinton introduces her mother at the end of the evening.

Hillary Clinton, the last speaker of the night, will likely take the stage around 11 p.m., as Obama did on Wednesday. 

It remains to be seen whether Clinton's remarks will run as long as those of opponent Donald Trump, whose acceptance speech ran a record-breaking one hour and 15 minutes — Clinton has other records to break.

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Marie is a Slay staff writer with focuses in culture and class. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

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