Bernie Sanders to Deliver Keynote Speech at Democratic Convention

The Vermont senator, who endorsed Hillary Clinton last week, will speak the first night, July 25, along with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. waves as he and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrive for a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
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Bernie Sanders will be a keynote speaker at the Democratic convention.

Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont and the first Jewish candidate to win major party nominating contests, will speak the first night, July 25, along with Michelle Obama, the first lady.

Last week, Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, who won the Democrats’ presidential nomination. A prime speaking slot was one of his conditions for the endorsement, as well as the inclusion in the platform of some of his campaign planks, including a $15 minimum wage, Wall Street regulatory reforms and an overhaul of campaign finance.

Also speaking, according to the convention press office, are President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton. Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the presumptive and former president, will speak on July 28, the last night of the convention, prior to Hillary Clinton.

Chelsea Clinton gave birth last month to her second child. Her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, is Jewish.