HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut Democrats had a big watch party in Hartford Thursday for Night 4 of the Democratic National Convention.
The festivities kicked off at 7 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford.
It’s the first time in state history that Democratic party leaders hosted a virtual watch party. They chose the stadium because it allows for a safe, outdoor party that sticks to the rules surrounding COVID-19 safety.
Staff prepared the field early Thursday because that is where attendees watched the DNC on a big screen jumbotron.
Biden accepted the nomination making a presidential-style speech that touched on biblical references of light overcoming darkness. He even picked COVID-19 and not the impeachment or other so-called scandals as a reason not to vote for President Trump.
There are 81 delegates who cast their votes earlier in the week, nominating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for president and vice president respectively.
Four years ago, Democrats were divided. Insiders say President Trump was elected because Democrats would not unify around Hillary Clinton. But, party leaders say Thursday is about unity.
Biden has been in politics for nearly 50 years. He’s tried to get his party’s nod twice before: in 1988 and 2008. Thursday he finally got to say he accepts his party’s nomination for President of the United States.
Connecticut Democrats also released a video earlier Thursday that includes Tony award-winning actors and playwrights, television producers, singer-songwriters, students, and elected officials proclaiming why they support the Biden ticket.
Attendees Thursday includeD Governor Ned Lamont, the Federal Delegation, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, and former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd.
Dodd was on Biden’s VP selection committee. He spent 6-weeks on countless Zoom calls and phone calls in D.C. and here at home in Connecticut. Harris was the choice.
In an exclusive TV interview, News 8’s Jodi Latina asked whether he was concerned about Harris’ loyalty because she was hard on Biden in debates. He said he wasn’t.
“No, I knew Kamala better than all the rest of the candidates,” Dodd said. “We did a fundraiser together for Beau Biden a number of years ago. I raised money for the Senate race and the campaign. You know, people like to make what they can of it, and again you are talking to a lot of people about a lot of views. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to address an anonymous voice.”
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