3:30 p.m.: Keynote featuring Vice President Joe Biden
Things are late, although perhaps the MH17 crash has held up VPOTUS
Starts at 427pm ET
12:46 PM PT: music playing now since 330pm ET
12:51 PM PT:
Sorry Biden's late. He's trying to prove that the Heart of Rock and Roll is, in fact, in Detroit rather than Cleveland. #NN14
— Sr. WH Official (@SrWHOfficial) July 17, 2014
1:15 PM PT: The live audio in Detroit just came on....
1:21 PM PT: intro for the VPOTUS begins
1:25 PM PT: Still into: "we are a community that speaks truth to power" and mixed response to invocation of ACA to audience of 3000+. is Candor really effective...
1:29 PM PT: Biden:
"I make no apologies"
re: MTP comments on marriage equality "When I'm asked a direct question I give a direct answer"
1:33 PM PT: Why he was late: MH17 briefings "apparently shot down" and trying to ascertain whether US citizens on board.
1:38 PM PT: Cites being called socialist thirty years ago because he believed healthcare was a right rather than a privilege, invokes the expression "progressive government"
1:41 PM PT: Takes a shot a Dick Cheney regarding supporting troops invokes anti-war
1:45 PM PT: Discusses the inflection points in moral history and how crucial the current moment is to change things like ENDA
1:49 PM PT: Discusses violence against women now there are chants from audience "Stop deporting our families!". Biden acknowledges them saying that there is "So much unfinished business" moves then to voting rights.
1:52 PM PT: Moves then to climate change... rough segue
1:59 PM PT: Speaks on America remaking itself: challenging orthodoxy, enabling immigration flow as fueling economic dynamism, policy change and adaptation, jobs and dignity, earned/unearned income, "the basic bargain" of shared wealth from productivity improvements lost from previous decades, invokes Henry Ford (certainly problematic in terms of the biography) as a matter of increasing salaries and hence incomes.
2:04 PM PT: Invokes the middle class growth meme of "upward mobility" "the toughest progressive actions" Cites his liberal bona fides....In a country as big and diverse as we are, that more wedges among diverse populations will not be successful without consensus.
2:06 PM PT: Criticizing reactionary responses "responding in kind" of the Right and understanding the need for the left to convince the American people that we are all the same as a matter of progressive policy.
2:09 PM PT: Attacks the notion of division and blames politics for division and invokes idealism and prospects "when I was a 29-year old kid" (when were we that age and what can we remember from then). Electric cars and marriage equality. "It's all within our reach"
2:14 PM PT: "We need you, the country needs you" some of his election stump speech messages come to the peroration from his discussions with the PRC "The economic teams nearly had a cow"... "Resist being so condescending" (about the less-educated) "Never bet against America"
2:15 PM PT: Closing