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It’s Hillary Clinton’s big night as she formally accepts Dem presidential nomination

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    It's the night the Democrats have been building toward all week. In just a few hours, Hillary Clinton takes center stage, picking up the baton handed to her last night by President Obama.

    Correspondent John Yang begins our coverage.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the stage is set for tonight's big moment, Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech. Campaign officials say she will highlight the gathering's theme: stronger together.

  • JENNIFER PALMIERI, Clinton Campaign Communications Director:

    This is a moment of reckoning for America, and we have two paths that we can take, one that seeks division, one that gives into forces that we are facing, whether they are economic or social, that could divide us, vs. a path that, in working together, is going to make America stronger.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Even though Clinton's been in the public eye for more than two decades, her campaign considers this her introduction to the American people. They call her the most famous unknown person in America.

    She will be preceded on the stage by her daughter, Chelsea. It won't be the nominee's first time on the convention stage this week. Last night, she made a surprise appearance after President Obama's rousing 45-minute endorsement.

    BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States: That's why I can say 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.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • BARACK OBAMA:

    I hope you don't mind, Bill, but I was just telling the truth, man.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Today, Clinton's running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, spoke to delegates from his childhood home of Missouri.

    SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA), Vice Presidential Nominee: We have a chance to make history. And when Hillary Clinton is elected, that's going to be historic. But what's really going to be historic is, it's going to open up the possibly of a whole different class of successors, just like when President Obama was elected.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Meanwhile, Republican Donald Trump continues to campaign, holding rallies in Iowa. Earlier, in a FOX News interview, he was in damage control, after he suggested yesterday that Russia find tens of thousands of e-mails missing from Clinton's private server.

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee: When I'm being sarcastic with something.

  • QUESTION:

    Were you being sarcastic?

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    Of course I'm being sarcastic. But you have 33,000 e-mails deleted. And the real problem is what was said on those e-mails from the Democratic National Committee. You take a look at what was said on those e-mails, it's disgraceful.

  • JOHN YANG:

    In Philadelphia, as the convention reaches its climax, police remain on alert. Protests have been mostly peaceful, with only a small number of arrests.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm John Yang in Philadelphia.

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