Labor Day has come and gone, summer is becoming a thing of the past, and this afternoon, the Democratic National Convention gets underway.
Tonight’s lineup of speakers includes Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. As the various network TV specials get underway at 10p ET, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will deliver the convention keynote, followed by remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama. (For a little background on the seemingly ubiquitous presence of mayors at the convention, check out this POLITICO piece).
Republicans, meanwhile, are channeling Ronald Reagan by asking this question in Charlotte and across the campaign trail: Are you better off than you were four years ago? The tactic has already forced some Democrats to re-tool their message. How will tonight’s big speeches affect the tone of the Democratic convention, and how much success will Republicans have as they rebut Democrats in their back yard? We’ll get the lay of the land and set the scene when we see you at noon ET for NOW.
Mort Zuckerman, Publisher, U.S. News & World Report/NY Daily News
Hugo Lindgren, Editor, The New York Times Magazine (@hugolindgren)
Maggie Haberman, Senior Political Reporter, POLITICO (@maggiepolitico)
Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post/msnbc Contributor (@capehartj)
Jon Hilsenrath, The Wall Street Journal