Democratic Convention Chair Marcia Fudge raps her gavel to open a session that is set to make history when Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hillary Clinton was set to become the first woman presidential nominee of a major U.S. party on Tuesday, a historic moment that Democrats hope will help eclipse rancor between her supporters and those of her rival in the primaries, Bernie Sanders. The party will seek to burnish Clinton's biography and make its formal nomination on the second day of a convention that began on Monday with anti-Clinton feeling among die-hard Sanders supporters on full and vocal display. The day's star turn in Philadelphia will be the traditional warm spousal endorsement: with the twist that it will be former President Bill Clinton making the case for his wife to beat Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election. Democrats beat Republicans in the TV ratings for the first night of the Democratic National Convention, according to early data on Tuesday. Data from the six main TV and cable news networks showed some 25.8 million Americans watched Monday evening's 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. hour when first lady Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders were among the key speakers in Philadelphia.