2016 Democratic National Convention: Speakers, schedule, how to watch

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PHILADELPHIA, P.A. — The 2016 Democratic National Convention starts Monday amid controversy stemming from tens of thousands of leaked DNC emails that seemingly contained a bias toward Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday she would step down after the convention ends. Party leaders said Saturday Shultz will not play a role at the convention and has been scrapped from the line-up of events and speeches, CNN reported.

The DNC Rules Committee named Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge convention chairwoman in Wasserman Schultz's place, a DNC source told CNN.

Hardcore Bernie Sanders supporters are protesting in Philadelphia ahead of the convention against a party apparatus they feel was actively unfair toward their candidate.

The massive WikiLeaks email leak serves to confirm their suspicions, as some Sanders supporters told CNN.

Beyond the controversy, next week's convention will be historical due to the fact that Clinton will become the party's first female presidential candidate.

Here's what to expect during the convention:

When and where

The 2016 Democratic National Convention starts Monday, July 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and ends Thursday, July 28.

Philadelphia has been home to numerous presidential conventions on both sides of the aisle since the Republican Party as we know it formed in 1854, according to CNN.

Who will speak

A number of politicians are slated to speak at the convention, and more speakers will be announced during the week, according to the DNCC site.

Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton's VP pick whom she announced Friday, will speak during the convention.

Some of the politicians and officials scheduled to speak include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Sen. Cory Booker, once thought to be a possible VP pick for Clinton.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Democratic presidential hopeful and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley join the list of speakers.

Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta are also scheduled to take the stage Wednesday.

Here's a list of main speakers for each day:


  • DREAMer Astrid Silva
  • Vermont Sen. Sanders
  • First Lady Michelle Obama


  • President Bill Clinton
  • Mothers of the Movement.


  • President Barack Obama
  • Vice President Joe Biden


  • Chelsea Clinton
  • Hillary Clinton

Who will vote

Despite resentment among hardcore Sanders supporters and the email leak that paints the DNC as firmly in Clinton's camp, the delegate shakeup has not been as rough as it was for the RNC.

Clinton is in a more than solid standing to formally secure the 2,383 delegates needed to be confirmed as the party's nominee.

As of July 15, Politico had her total delegate numbers at 2,807.

How to follow along

The DNC released an app that allows users to livestream events, scroll through convention content and headlines, read speeches and transcripts and find their way around Philadelphia. The app is available for both iOS and Android users.

CNN contributed to this report.

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