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banner Friday, 18 August, 2000, 12:19 GMT 13:19 UK
Democrats: What's on where?

The Democrats pin hope in the national convention giving them a sufficient bounce to take Al Gore ahead of George W Bush in the opinion polls.

They have the healthy state of the economy on their side - and the popularity of the current president and First Lady - despite all they have been through.

But at the same time, Mr Gore will be trying to step out of the shadows of President Clinton, sullied as they are by his impeachment trial.

Day One

Monday 14 August: Prosperity and progress

The first night concentrates on one legacy of the Clinton years that Mr Gore would like to associate himself with: The booming economy.

Hillary Clinton thanks the nation, urging them to vote Al Gore.

"I am so proud to stand here at this extraordinary moment - the most peaceful, prosperous, promising time in our nation's history," she says.

And President Clinton gives an emotional valedictory speech, as outside protesters clash with riot police.

Mr Clinton takes credit for what he calls "unprecedented prosperity", but says: "The best is yet to come - if we make the right choices in this election year."

  • Hillary thanks America
  • Clinton bids Democrats farewell
  • Protests at money politics

    Day Two

    Tuesday 15 August: 'You ain't seen nothing yet'

    On the second night, Mr Clinton hands over the leadership of the Democratic Party to Mr Gore.

    "He is the right person to be the first president of the 21st century, Al Gore," says Mr Clinton

    The theme of the night is how Al Gore plans to build on the successes of the Clinton Administration.

    Speakers include Senator Edward Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy, the brother and daughter of the assassinated president. Reverend Jesse Jackson and Mr Gore's former primary challenger, Senator Bill Bradley, also speak.

  • Clinton passes torch to Gore

    Day Three

    Wednesday 16 August: 'Al Gore: the principled fighter'

    The penultimate day begins to focus on their man: Al Gore.

    Mr Gore's vice presidential pick, Senator Joe Lieberman, praises Mr Gore as a leader of vision and values, and chides the Republicans for trying to steal Democrat polices.

    The speakers discuss health care, gun safety, crime, the economy and the environment.

    Actor Jimmy Smitts leads a session featuring a discussion with Senator Jay Rockefeller on health care, and New York Senator Chuck Schumer leads a dialogue on crime and victims' rights.

  • Lieberman takes centre stage

    Day Four

    Thursday 17 August: Al Gore in the limelight

    Mr Gore's acceptance speech promises a "better, fairer, more prosperous America", and he pledges to work for ordinary working people

    "If you entrust me with the presidency, I know I won't always be the most exciting politician. But I pledge to you tonight: I will work for you every day and never let you down," he says.

    But his attempt to distance himself from the controversies surrounding Bill Clinton is undermined with news that a new grand jury has been appointed to investigate the president over his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

  • Gore stands as his 'own man'
  • Analysis: Gore reinvents himself
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