Nightly News | September 05, 2012
>> news made today having to do with the platform. for a lot of delegates they were still talking about the big start for the democrats in the arena last night. chuck todd was on the floor with us last night for all of it. his position approximates that of bill clinton , straddling new york and arkansas i told chuck.
>> reporter: that's right. democrats feel really good about how night one went. now a whole bunch of complications. we already know about the weather and venue change. then this issue in the platform, even tonight's featured speaker bill clinton has a complication. he's up against the nfl. the president's arrival in charlotte was delayed today by the same weather that forced organizers to move his acceptance speech inside. then late this afternoon, delegates reacted angrily. when the obama campaign forced the convention to restore an endorsement of jerusalem as israel's capital and add references to god back in the party's platform. omissions which republicans had seized on and attacked overnight. still delegates did spend most of the day basking in the after glow of last night's rousing convention kickoff.
>> after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways i never could have imagined, i have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are --
>> reporter: culminating with first lady michelle obama 's address where she played the role of cheap character witness.
>> because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids.
>> reporter: though her speech was less partisan than most and didn't mention mitt romney by name, the contrast she drew was clear.
>> reporter: because for barack, success isn't about how much money you make. it's about the difference you make in people's lives.
>> perhaps the most fiery speaker tuesday night was the massachusetts governor who succeeded romney.
>> he talks about the things he's fixed i can tell you massachusetts was not one of them.
>> reporter: even a tribute video dedicated to the late ted kennedy featured partisan meat featuring the romney attack in the senate race.
>> i am pro-choice. my opponent is multiple choice .
>> reporter: four years ago they deemphasized abortion differences.
>> we believe a woman considering an abortion should not be forced to have an ultrasound against her will.
>> reporter: last night was also about speaking to another part of the obama coalition, latinos. the san antonio mayor julian castro introduced by his brother joaquin.
>> my mother fought hard so instead of holding a mop, i could hold this microphone.
>> reporter: his daughter almost stole the show. despite bill clinton , two other interesting speakers to keep an eye on tonight, massachusetts democratic senate candidate elizabeth warren and former republican governor of florida charlie crist .
>> chuck todd down on the floor for us. chuck, thanks.