Wasserman Schultz gavels in Democratic National Convention

“During our national convention we will clearly demonstrate why we need to keep Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the White House," Wasserman Shultz said.

“But this convention is about more than re-nominating President Obama. It's about Americans coming together to build one economy — not from the top down, but from the middle class out and the bottom up.”

The highlight of Tuesday evening’s speeches was expected to be first lady Michelle Obama’s shortly after 10 p.m.