Democratic convention highlights Republicans voting for Biden

The Democratic National Convention on Monday night highlighted several disaffected GOP voters who said they would be voting for presumptive nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE over President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE.

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Quibi CEO Meg Whitman, and a few other notable Republican politicians, leaders and activists gave brief remarks on the first night of the convention, vouching for Biden's character and warning of the consequences should Trump be reelected.

The Democrats also played a montage of several Republican voters, many from swing states, who made the case for Biden. The voters were identified only by their first names but hailed from Ohio, Rhode Island, Florida, Wisconsin and North Carolina.


"We need a positive leader, someone who can work with both sides, republicans and the Democrats," said Donna from Ohio.

Garry from Florida praised Biden as a "decent man" and expressed optimism the former vice president could "return our country’s political discourse back to some measure of normalcy and decency."

The montage, introduced by a graphic that read "We the people know this election is bigger than politics," reflected the Biden campaign's attempt to connect with independents and disenchanted Republicans who may help swing the election in Democrats' favor in states such as Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Trump, however, retains a strong grip on his party, with more than 90 percent support among Republicans in most polls. Party officials dismissed the likes of Kasich, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R) and former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.) speaking at the convention.

"The 'Republicans' that the DNC trotted out are Hillary supporters, a sore loser, and woman who made millions lobbying for Putin," GOP chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielTrump's scorched earth style overshadows campaign's message in final weeks Sunday shows - Trump Michigan rally grabs the spotlight RNC chairwoman: Republicans should realize distancing themselves from Trump 'is hurting themselves in the long run' MORE tweeted. "They think that *helps* Joe Biden? @realDonaldTrump won handily without the Never-Trumpers in 2016, and he’ll win without them in 2020!"