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Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders speak on Day 1 of the DNC

Former first lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders are among the high-wattage speakers who delivered prime-time remarks Monday.
Image: Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders against a background of lightbeams and stars.
Chelsea Stahl / NBC News

The Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday in what is shaping up to be a nominating convention unlike any other.

The first night of the almost all-virtual event featured keynote speaker Michelle Obama, as well as former Democratic presidential contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

Presumptive nominee Joe Biden's pick for vice president, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, is expected to speak Wednesday night along with former President Barack Obama.

Jill Biden, Bill and Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and other high-wattage headliners will round out the programming in days leading up to Biden's acceptance speech on Thursday.

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This live coverage has now ended. Continue reading DNC news from August 18, 2020.

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