What Channel Is The Democratic Convention On? You Don't Want To Miss A Moment Of This Exciting Event
The Democratic National Convention is just days away, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her presidential bid. But while Clinton is the presumed Democratic nominee, it will still be worth tuning into the DNC after the weeks of controversy regarding the Democratic Party's official platform and the expected protester turnout on the streets of Philadelphia. Here's what channel the DNC will be on so you can stay on top of the live coverage from Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.
CBS News and Twitter are partnering up, much like they did for the Republican National Convention, to stream the coverage live on Twitter. CBS News has indicated that its 24/7 digital streaming news service, CSBN, will provide comprehensive coverage of the convention, featuring extensive reporting and relevant tweets. The DNC runs from July 25 to 28, and although Sanders has endorsed Clinton, it doesn't look like he and his supporters are going to stop holding the Democratic Party accountable any time soon. Multiple groups of Sanders supporters have already planned protests, as have the the Green Party and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.
Sanders previously predicted that taking the fight for a more progressive party platform to the convention floor could get "messy," and it seems Philadelphia city officials are taking him at his word; although they don't anticipate mass arrests, CBS News reported that the city is preparing to use a now-closed local prison if necessary.
CBS News and Twitter teamed up before the primaries to cover one debate each for both major parties, which allowed them to show tweets in real time as well as take questions from a broader Twitter audience. CBSN's coverage of the DNC will likely be somewhat similar in its integration of Twitter, and the live-stream will be readily available on Twitter each day of the convention. This means that having a cable subscription will not be necessary to keep track of events at the DNC.
Clinton is going into this convention with 2,205 pledged delegates, as well as 602 superdelegates that are expected to support her, according to the Associated Press. If that superdelegate figure holds, it will bring her to a total of 2,807 delegates, which is significantly higher than the 2,383 required to win the Democratic nomination. While her nomination has seemed likely for some time now, the party platform has been a major point of contention.
The draft of the Democratic Party platform is fairly progressive, with several of Sanders' proposals being approved, but there are still many others — notably, an opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine — that were not accepted by the Platform Committee. The draft still needs to be officially ratified at the convention, which will be an important thing to look out as you tune in.