The Hill's Convention Report: Mike and Karen Pence set to headline third night of convention

The Hill's Convention Report: Mike and Karen Pence set to headline third night of convention
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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the convention front. 




Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceTrump returns to campaign trail after COVID-19 diagnosis Karen Pence's office defends her appearing without a mask at debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Campaigns react to virtual debate announcement MORE will headline the third night of the GOP convention on Wednesday, which will put a heavy emphasis on active duty U.S. military and veterans.

The theme is “Land of Heroes,” and Pence will speak from Ft. McHenry, near Baltimore, which was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner.”


A few notables to look for tonight:







  • Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. The campaign originally said Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue, who heads the largest Hispanic-owned food producer in the U.S., would speak tonight, but the company then said that he would not be appearing. You may remember some Democrats called for a boycott of the company after Unanue appeared at a Rose Garden event a few weeks ago and said Americans are “blessed” to have Trump as a leader.



Trump, GOP walk tightrope in wooing minority voters, by Marty Johnson.

Trump seeks to flip pandemic script at convention, by Brett Samuels.



Trump on Wednesday said he’d send federal officers into Kenosha, Wis., which has been wracked by violent protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Trump said he spoke with Gov. Tony EversTony EversOvernight Health Care: Barrett signals ObamaCare could survive mandate being struck down | CDC warns small gatherings fueling COVID spread | Judge blocks Wisconsin capacity limits Judge blocks Wisconsin coronavirus order limiting indoor capacity Wisconsin breaks single-day records for COVID-19 deaths, cases MORE (D-Wis.) by phone and that the governor accepted the assistance.

Blake was shot in the back by police as he entered his SUV in front of his children over the weekend.

Protests erupted in the streets, with buildings set on fire and local businesses destroyed. A young man was arrested on Wednesday after two people were fatally shot at the protests last night.

Trump and his campaign have been casting the president as the law-and-order candidate. They’ve accused Biden and the Democrats of ignoring the violent aspects of the protests and alleged that the Democratic-controlled cities are allowing the criminal activity in the streets.

Biden released a video statement saying he was “sickened” by what happened to Blake. But he said racial justice would not be achieved through violent protests.

“Burning down communities is not protest, it’s needless violence,” Biden said. “Violence that endangers lives. Violence that guts businesses and shutters businesses that serve the community. That’s wrong.”



We’re 68 days out from Election Day, and the business world is preparing for a blue wave in November that would see Democrats in control of the White House, Senate and House. The change in government would mean new policy changes for the sector, impacting taxes, regulations and coronavirus relief. However, there is still uncertainty among the industry’s top players, with polls expected to tighten in the coming months. 

“The market doesn’t really care if you’re red or if you’re blue, the market just doesn’t like uncertainty,“ said Judy Lu, CEO and founder of Blue Zone Wealth Advisors.

The Hill’s Niv Ellis has more.


Of course, no one knows for certain what will happen in November.

The polls in the battleground states are tightening, according to the latest CNBC-Change Research surveys, which find Biden ahead by only 3 points in the six core battleground states.

And Democrats are starting to grow worried about Biden’s strategy — he’s effectively been sidelined due to the coronavirus, and some are growing worried as Trump ramps up his own campaign-related travel. Amie Parnes has the story.



Biden agenda hinges on Senate majority, by Alexander Bolton.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter As VP Kamala Harris could be a powerful voice for women's retirement security The clock is ticking and Trump is still taking a shellacking MORE (D-Calif.) will deliver counter to Trump’s convention speech, by Tal Axelrod.



Nadler and Maloney back Markey in Senate primary 

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMarijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE and House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneySafeguarding US elections by sanctioning Russian sovereign debt Fears grow of voter suppression in Texas OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Top general negative for coronavirus, Pentagon chief to get tested after Trump result l Top House lawmakers launch investigation into Pentagon redirecting COVID-19 funds MORE endorsed incumbent Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing Time to honor the 'ghosts' of WWII OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Federal officials press concerns about proposed mine near Georgia swamp, documents show | Trump falsely claims Green New Deal calls for 'tiny little windows' | Interior appeals migratory bird ruling MORE in his contested primary against challenger Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyPresidential debate proves the power of the climate movement Democrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death Massachusetts town clerk resigns after delays to primary vote count MORE III. 

In statements released first to The Hill, Nadler and Maloney highlighted Markey’s progressive record on issues like health care and climate change.

This is the latest sign that the primary has divided Democrats from Springfield to Washington. Remember, just one week ago House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE formally endorsed Kennedy. 

The endorsements come six days ahead of the Bay State’s Democratic Senate primary. Kennedy started out the race last year with a wide lead, however, the race has since tightened. 

Two new polls out today show Markey with a lead. A UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion poll shows Markey leading 52 percent to 40 percent, while a poll from the left-leaning Data for Progress shows Markey ahead 46 percent to 38 percent. 


Americans are commemorating Women’s Equality Day today, which celebrates the adoption of the 19th Amendment into the Constitution. 

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris honored the day through publishing an op-ed in the Washington Post, calling for voting reform in U.S. elections. Biden also honored the day in a statement. 

“Now, it is up to us to carry forward the banner of equality for the next generation–to build on the legacy of Shirley Chisholm and Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLate night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study 10 steps toward better presidential debating Continuity is (mostly) on the menu for government contracting in the next administration MORE to elect Kamala Harris as our next Vice President; to fully deliver on the promise of equal pay for equal work,” Biden said. 

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 also honored the day in an official proclamation on Wednesday. 

“On Women’s Equality Day, we honor all of the women who inspire and improve our Nation.  Their talent and hard work strengthen our economy, our families, and our communities, and sustain our unique American way of life,” Trump said in the official proclamation. 


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