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October 28, 2015

Responding to a question about Donald Trump that elicited hisses from the CNBC Republican debate audience, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he is a big supporter of the billionaire, and was even sporting a Trump tie.

Huckabee was asked by a moderator if when he looks at Trump he sees "someone with the moral authority to unite the country." After first saying his last question was about Trump and he didn't really want to give him any additional screen time, Huckabee said: "I love Donald Trump. He's a good man. I'm wearing a Trump tie tonight. Get over that one." A few of his fellow candidates asked if the tie was made in "China or Mexico," and Trump denounced the question as being "nasty."

Instead of attacking Trump, Huckabee went after Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. "Let me tell you," he said. "Donald Trump would be a better president every day of the week and twice on Sunday rather than Hillary. I've spent a lifetime in politics fighting the Clinton machine. I want to talk about what we're going to be up against this year."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie then inserted himself into the discussion, saying that this week, "the FBI director has said because of a lack of support from politicians like the president of the United States, police officers are afraid to get out of their cars, afraid to enforce the law. He says...that crime is going up because of this." Christie said President Obama isn't standing up for law enforcement, even though the "number one job of the president of the United States is to protect the safety and security of the American people. ... When I'm in the Oval Office, police officers will know they have the support of the president of the United States. That's real moral authority you need in the Oval Office." Catherine Garcia

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On July 27, 2004, a little known Illinois state senator named Barack Obama delivered the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

In his address, Obama introduced himself to most of the Democratic Party and the American people, sharing his unique back story while rallying for that year's nominee, John Kerry. Months later, Obama was elected to the United States Senate, and the rest is history. Catherine Garcia

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He had her back after her knockout speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, and the first lady returned the favor on Wednesday.

"That's my man!" Michelle Obama tweeted after her husband finished his address. "Your truth, dignity, and grace reminds us what real leadership looks like. I am always proud of our @POTUS." Earlier in the night, the first lady also had a special message for Vice President Joe Biden (who during his DNC speech called her "incredible"): "To one of my favorite men in the world. Joe, thank you and Jill for all you've done for this country. Our love for you is deep. So proud!" Catherine Garcia

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The Democratic National Convention closed out Wednesday night with Hillary Clinton and President Obama arm-in-arm onstage. After Obama wrapped up one of his last major speeches as president, Clinton surprised the convention by making her first in-person appearance. In a moment that solidified Obama's call for voters to keep his journey going, the two — the country's first black president and, possibly, its first female president — embraced, as cheers broke out on the convention floor.

Clinton will make her second — and much longer — appearance when she addresses the convention Thursday night. In the meantime, you can watch her surprise entrance, below. Becca Stanek

July 27, 2016
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President Obama gave the strongest endorsement possible of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic National Convention, telling the cheering delegates that he could state "with confidence" there has "never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill, nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America."

"Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office," Obama said. "But Hillary's been in the room. She's been part of the decision, she knows what's at stake in decisions." He recalled the tough fight Clinton put up during the 2008 election, and said she was doing "everything I was doing, but just like Ginger Rogers, it was backwards in heels." When she served as his secretary of state, Obama was able to have a "front row seat to her intelligence, her judgment, her discipline."

After going through some of the highlights of his presidency ("delivering justice to Osama bin Laden," ensuring that "health care is not a privilege for a few, it is a right for everybody") Obama rejected Donald Trump's fear mongering. "He's not really a plans guy, not really a facts guys, either," he said. "He calls himself a business guy; I know plenty of business men and women who achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits and unpaid workers and people who feel like they've been cheated. Does anyone really believe that a guy who spent his 70 years on this earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to become your champion? Your voice?" Trump is suggesting that "America is weak," but "America is already great," Obama said. "America is already strong. I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."

The United States he knows is "full of courage and optimism," the president said, and he reminded people that "democracy isn't a spectator sport" and they must "get in the arena." Obama teared up at the end of his speech, and confessed that the "American people" have kept him going. "I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith, who believe that we are stronger together," he said, before calling on everyone to "reject cynicism and reject fear, to show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation." Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2016
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As the Democratic National Convention recounted President Obama's victories in office Wednesday night, one obstacle overcome was a little surprising: Rahm Emanuel. In the video introduction to the president's address, Rahm — formerly Obama's chief of staff and now mayor of Chicago — was shown trying to get in the way of Obama's signature health care bill becoming law. A voiceover said Emanuel argued the Affordable Care Act might threaten Obama's chances at reelection in 2012, but that the president selflessly overruled him. Emanuel ended up getting proven wrong — and, it seems, Obama wanted to remind him of that one last time. Becca Stanek

July 27, 2016

Unless you're one of his three children, Tim Kaine is not your dad — but he might as well be.

Hillary Clinton's mild-mannered running mate is the calm in the storm that is the 2016 election. During his speech at the Democratic National Convention, he was even-tempered, spoke with joy when talking about his family, and even when he got riled up and did an impression of Donald Trump, it made the Republican presidential nominee seem almost (key word: almost) chill. It wasn't difficult to imagine Kaine slipping into the role of your father, telling you he just wants the best for you, that he's proud of you no matter what, and of course he's happy to give you a ride to soccer practice — go get 'em, tiger! Twitter agreed: Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2016
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After formally accepting the Democratic Party's vice presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made the case for why he trusts Hillary Clinton. "First, she's consistent," Kaine said, addressing the convention for the first. "She battled to put kids and families first since she was a teenager."

Kaine doubled down on that point, saying he would trust Clinton with the life of his son, who was just deployed overseas as a Marine. "You know who I don't trust? I wonder," Kaine said, before doing a quick imitation of Donald Trump:

While Clinton has a passion for "kids and families," Kaine said, Trump only has a passion for "himself." "Folks, you cannot believe one word that comes out of Donald Trump's mouth," he said. "Not one word." Becca Stanek

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